By Ian Rankin
James MacPhersons home-grown Scottish burr is placed to very good use narrating Rankins seventeenth and doubtless top crime novel that includes Det. Insp. John Rebus of the Edinburgh police. At 60, its retirement time for Rebus and, as anticipated, Rankins rebellious sequence hero isn't going quietly. no longer with the homicide of a dissident Russian poet to resolve and a career-long conflict with neighborhood crime lord enormous Ger Cafferty to shut down. MacPherson simply conveys Rebuss gruff impatience, Caffertys deeper, nastier risk and Det. Siobhan Clarkes brittle coolness. He even manages to lose the burr lengthy adequate to get earlier a number of Russian-thick accents. although Rebuss point out of perusing his unsolved situations in retirement bargains a few desire of destiny sleuthing, this reads like a farewell novel. besides its anticipated well-crafted procedural parts, Rankin has incorporated a number of moments of wistfulness and remorse, and MacPherson makes the main of each one in all them.
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Are you getting dizzy, Sam? Well, let's stop and sort of check up, and shake our heads, and clarify this thing in our minds. We have been used to making [begin page 55] pretty big money at 10 to 50 percent on goods we have been selling for thirty years; but never anything like this ever happened to us before. S. Bonds. $200,000 We have cash in vault. 32,000 We have Bank Reserves. 200,000 Total. $432,000 Liabilities Demand Deposits. Net Assets. 32,000 $400,000 Of course we have overlooked the $100,000 surplus, but that would just confuse us a little, and it does not amount to much anyway; so we will just let it alone.
Civilization is an organic body, composed of millions of cells (each a human being), just as the body of a man is composed of millions of cells. Just as the cells of the human body are held together by a centripetal energy, the law of cohesion, so are the cells of the body of civilization, society, held together by a centripetal energy, adhesion, a more flexible law than the law of cohesion. And, just as a cell of the human body, failing to receive constantly an adequate supply of the proper food, failing to receive the constant renewing of its cells by the bath of lifesustaining food, diluted in the bloodstream, dies and weakens that portion of the human body; so with the cells of civilization, society, when they fail to get their required bath of life.
The bloodstream must carry the proper food in the proper amount to every cell of the body; and, Second. The bloodstream must carry away worn out and/or unneeded particles of food and of the body. To carry this simile further: while money is the lifeblood of civilization, the banking system is the arteries and veins of the body of civilization through which this lifeblood flows. The two functions of banking — the keeping of the people's money on deposit together with the cashing and clearing of their cheques, and the lending of money, fit nicely into the figure of speech.
Exit Music by Ian Rankin