Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector John Rebus Series #20)

Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector John Rebus Series #20)

by Ian Rankin


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A Boston Globe Best Mystery of the Year

Rebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: if Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken, but in what was left behind at the scene—an ominous note.

Malcolm Fox is feeling useless. Shunned by his colleagues because of his past in the Complaints bureau, he's been reassigned to a grunt detail, helping a surveillance team—one that trusts him even less than his own boss does—track a notorious Glasgow crime family. Helping Clarke with the Minton case is the only thing that makes Fox feel like a real cop.

Newly minted civilian John Rebus is feeling restless. Being a cop is in his blood and he's failing miserably at retirement. So when Clarke and Fox ask for his help, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. But before he can get his bearings, a call comes from Rebus's old nemesis—"Big Ger" Cafferty. Someone just fired a bullet through his front window—and sent him a note identical to Minton's. The normally unflappable old gangster is on edge, but for the life of him Cafferty can't figure out who he's wronged. And the only man he trusts with his life is Rebus.

As the cases collide, it's up to Clarke, Fox, and Rebus to connect the dots and save their unlikely ally Cafferty, whose past harbors a shocking secret that implicates Minton's friends in an unspeakable crime. Even Dogs in the Wild reunites crime fiction legend Ian Rankin's greatest characters in an explosive story exploring the darkest corners of our desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594723714
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Series: Inspector John Rebus Series , #20
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 257,955
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ian Rankin is an internationally #1 bestselling novelist and the recipient of an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.


Edinburgh, London and France

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Cardenden, Scotland


Edinburgh University

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TheThirtyYearItch More than 1 year ago
John Rebus, recently retired from Police Scotland, was having a hard time adjusting. When he was approached by his friend and former coworker Siobhan Clark, he didn’t hesitate to get back to work. It seems his old friend and nemesis--it’s complicated-- had a bullet come through his window, missing him by inches. The man, prominent mobster Big Ger Cafferty, will only talk with Rebus. Clark is also in the middle of an inquiry into the murder of a prominent jurist, Lord David Minton, with few clues and no apparent motive. Detective Inspector Malcom Fox is assigned to help a highly specialized team from Glasgow in the surveillance of another group of criminals, Joe Stark and his son Dennis, in Edinburgh from Glasgow looking for their missing colleague Hamish Wright and whatever it was he took before he disappeared, and maybe trying to move in on Cafferty and a young organized criminal, Daryl Christie. Rebus discovers a series of horrific, decades old crimes that would destroy the reputations of well respected, prominent members of the community, including police officials, if made public. Rebus himself questions whether it even mattered if they were solved, if justice may be better served letting the killer continue on his quest. “Yet somehow it did—it did matter. Always had, always would. Not because of any of the victims or perpetrators, but for Rebus himself. Because if none of it mattered, then neither did he.” Even Dogs in the Wild is the twentiethbook featuring John Rebus, a series spanning nearly thirty years. It is difficult for even the best authors to maintain a character in a series that long, but Rankin does so successfully here. As the above quote implies, the characters—Rebus, Cafferty, Stark—are adjusting to their diminished relevance, making way for the next generation of cops and gangsters. “One last good fight in me…” Rankin does an excellent job blurring the line between the good guys and the bad, as they help each other when there are shared interests, staying on guard when there aren’t, and briefly but valuably examining how crime victims can be changed forever, and sometimes turned into criminals. The human aspects of police officers and criminals and the effects of crime are subtly but effectively demonstrated.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
They retired Rebus in the 19th novel in the series, but they can’t keep him down. In this, the 20th Rebus mystery, he proves that experience and relationships still count in solving a case It all begins when someone takes a shot at Rebus’ long time on-again-off-again bete noir, Big Ger Cafferty. As a result, Rebus becomes part of an investigation headed by his former sidekick, Siobhan Clarke, as a consulting detective. Clarke’s brief is the murder of David Minton, retired Lord Advocate, initially thought to be the result of a housebreaking, at least until Rebus begins to put two and two together. Meanwhile, another sub-plot involves Malcolm Fox, formerly of Professional Standards, and now a DI, involving the surveillance of a couple of heavyweight gangsters from Glasgow, now in Edinburgh presumably looking for a miscreant who stole goods and cash from them. But are they really there to take over Cafferty’s territory? The author wraps up the main plot by having Rebus, Clarke and Fox put the various clues together after Cafferty remembers a long lost thought. It is always a pleasure to read a Rebus novel, and I look forward to reading the 21st in the series, Rather Be the Devil, to be published January 31, 2017. Highly recommended.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The twentieth John Rebus novel finds the retired but still involved Scottish detective allied with his nemesis, mobster Big Ger Cafferty, Cafferty was the target of a unsuccessful assassination and everyone thinks a mob war is imminent. Rebus, his longtime partner Siobhan Clarke and recent series addition Malcolm Fox, an ex internal affairs investigator, race to find the shooter before he kills again. Soon the murder of an elderly prosecutor and the arrival of an elite police surveillance team muddy the waters. The plot is complicated but these characters don't become stale. Ian Rankin is a crime writer any mystery fan should at least sample.
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