Friday, 26 July 2013

Artful Readers Club - July Read

My book for July is  Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin.  A crime thriller and thirteenth in the Detective Inspector John Rebus series, and, as expected, is set in and around Edinburgh, Scotland.  This genre of Scottish detective crime thriller is often referred to as 'tartan noir'.

What can I say?  Ian Rankin is a genius crime writer and I was hooked from beginning to end in a very plausible and complicated plot - all played out against the wonderful backdrop of Edinburgh.  DI Rebus, a man of mature years, is sent undercover, to join other unorthodox officers who have been returned to  police bootcamp (training college)  in a final attempt to modify their behaviour.  They work in syndicates and are given the unsolved murder case of an Edinburgh low-life criminal to review and follow up.  Their subsequent investigations turn up much more than they ever anticipated, the repercussions of which would be far reaching.  I shan't tell you any more of the plot except to say that it involves art theft, police corruption and of course murder.  The title of the book is a reference to the body snatchers of the 19th Century who were known as 'resurrectionists' or 'resurrection men'.

I found it extremely difficult to come up with a single theme for the  artwork so went with an art journal page.

I have attempted to show the duplicity, violence. fear and complexity of the plot all on the chequered band of the police. The blood droplets are a stamp from Designs by Ryn. The eyes by Stampscape.

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