'Standing in Another Man's Grave' by Ian Rankin

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'Standing in Another Man's Grave' by Ian Rankin

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club August selection

Date change! We moved the August meeting to Aug. 13, same time (6:30 p.m.), same place (Barnes & Noble).  We'll discuss Ian Rankin's Standing in Another Man's Grave.

John Rebus, retired detective, returns to work in a civilian capacity. He's as sharp, petty, curmudgeonly and likable as ever. Still smoking, still drinking, he's looking into cold cases when a woman arrives with a story. Her daughter vanished in 1999, and she believes the disappearances of other young women over the next 12 years are linked. She's finally found an ear for her theory.

Malcolm Fox, a teetotal internal affairs inspector,  is Rankin's new series character. The author is clearly enjoying pitting his leads against each other. In one scene, when Rebus instigates a first meeting with Fox after learning he's being investigated, the contrast between the pair, Fox with a glass of tap water and a banana, Rebus stifling belches of Irn Bru, is pure Rebus.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets NW.  Exception Aug. 13.
    Standing in Another Man's Grave book cover