Fresh from start to finish

Exit Music, by Ian Rankin (Orion, RRP $36.99):

Ian Rankin has produced another intriguing and compelling Inspector Rebus murder mystery in this book.

The inspector is tying up loose ends as he nears retirement but a dead Russian poet changes his plans. On the surface, the Russian’s death appears to be a mugging gone wrong but a little digging on the part of Rebus and a nasty second killing make it obvious that something more sinister is going on.

Exit Music marks the end of the main character’s career in the police force and also provides a harsh commentary on money, power and murder.

It’s easy to see why Rankin is the United Kingdom’s No 1 best-selling crime writer: this book is every bit as fresh at the first in the series.

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