Re: RARA-AVIS: Flincher

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 15 Mar 2005

Being something of a flincher myself, I don't actually hold it against an author when the worst of the gore is suggested rather than described in detail. But I wouldn't call Rankin a flincher. I seem to remember a scene involving a guy tied to a chair and some boiling chip oil.

Aside from that, I like the Rebus series a lot. The development of Rebus and the rest of the regulars is steady and interesting. He's a loose cannon, but not vicious. The plots are often based on historical crimes, but the setting is the grittier side of contemporary Edinburgh. Maybe not quite as gritty as Al G's.

I would suggest trying another book, but if you don't like it, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.


At 15:35 14/03/05, Miker wrote:

>Chris M wrote:
>One side note: could you or someone else make a case
>for what I'm missing with Rankin? I love Pelecanos,
>Lehane, Sallis, Bruen, McDermid, Connelly etc. and it
>seems like Rankin is alsways included with that lot.
>On-stage violence? Rankin avoids it. The word
>"unflinching" is used fairly often in describing
>hardboiled. Rankin is a flincher.

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