This was my first Ian Rankin book.
In many ways, it is a well written book with a tight plot and lots of atmosphere. For me, though, it was a little too dark. The atmospherics were dark – lots of night, seedy pubs, unsavory characters – and the plot itself really didn’t have a satisfactory ending…much like real life.
It’s was interesting in that it didn’t depend on a lot of gratuitous sex to capture the reader’s attention. Plenty of violence but none that you wouldn’t expect from dealing with the underbelly of Edinburgh.
All in all, a good book and an engrossing read.