Ahmad Solyman Solyman from Schleichenfeld, Austria
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1295578.html[restore][restore]Knots and Crosses: The first Rebus book introduces us to our sub, who has a Past - two Pasts, in permanence: a traumatic military sense in the SAS, and a failed wedding. The two smash in spectacular fashion; it's not so much a detective story as a psychological account of Rebus dynamic through his own perspicacities. Both Rankin and Rebus also seem to have a grabber with the intersection between police procedurality and media direction. All set against a richly detailed Edinburgh. A good start.[restore][restore]Hide and Seek: I also enjoyed Hide and Seek, which expanded one of the thoughts from Knots and Crosses - Rebus' relationship with his non-policeman brother - for a complex web of pairs of police/non-police brothers whose relationships cross the confines of legality. It's also the most political of the first three innovatives, in that Rebus' survey into the lonely death of a drug addict takes him into the highest echelons of Edinburgh civilization (there is a scene featuring the Temptation of Privy Rebus by the devils of social status). The ending is rather unsuitable for Rebus but not for the scholar.[restore][restore]Tooth and Dig: The third book worked least well for me, taking Rebus off his hut patch to London to investigate a serial killer. The London of Tooth and Dig seemed improbably small, with everyone turned out to be related to each other; its population also appeared to be entirely white. The subplot with a forensic psychologist who was not what she seemed was not very plausible. And the solution to the actual subtlety was more suited to an Agatha Christie state house spoil fantasy than to the gritty urban narrative that Rankin was probably trying to write.