Dead Souls, Paperback Book
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The tenth Inspector Rebus novel from 'Britain's best crime novelist' DAILY EXPRESS.Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children.

When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals begin a hate campaign Rebus gets a call from the past: the son of a friend has gone missing and no one else will make time to ask the right questions. And then a fragment of Scotland's criminal history is repatriated at the end of a life sentence for murder.

Once more Rebus's cup of trouble runneth over and the ghosts of past misdeeds return to haunt Edinburgh's streets.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752883625

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Rebus' weaknesses are also shown as his strengths, making him one of the more interesting of the proliferation of brooding detectives. The plots here, though twisting, are stretched over a high page count and the pacing of the story suffers as a result. The winding up of the three main plots of this psychological thriller is neat, but their downbeat nature leaves the reader somewhat unsatisfied. This is likely a deliberate comment on the fact that sometimes life has no answers, no happy endings, but it gives the reader little reward for the journey he's been on.

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