Yesterday I received Ian Rankin’s new book, Standing in Another Man’s Grave and it’s looking good.
He’d made sure he wasn’t standing too near the open grave.
Closed ranks of other mourners between him and it. The pall-bearers had been called forward by number rather than name – six of them starting with the deceased ‘s son. Rain wasn’t quite falling yet, but it had scheduled an appointment.
The deceased is a retired policeman. The unnamed man, standing at the funeral had known him. He was desperate for a cigarette. After the coffin is lowered into the grave one of the mourners approaches him with a nod of recognition:
‘John’, he said.
‘Tommy’, Rebus replied, with another nod.
Rebus is back!
With the rain now falling he heads for his car, turns on the car’s CD player and Jackie Leven’s voice emerges singing about standing in another man’s grave. Except he isn’t – the track is called ‘Another Man’s Rain’.
I paused and decided to look for the track. Here it is:
I’m trying to read this book slowly, but the plot and Rebus is gradually pulling me in. I just have to keep turning the pages. So, it’s back to the book now.
Fro more Book Beginnings on Friday see Gilion’s blog Rose City Reader.