Rankin's affection for his character remains undimmed, even as he writes with candour about [Rebus's] failure as a father.
Another class act from a storyteller who makes it seem effortless.
...a gripping, complex mystery
[A Song for the Dark Times] is vintage Rankin - which is to say, the best that the crime genre can currently offer.
No matter how dark the times, the arrival of a Rankin novel remains one of life's pleasures.
Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure. I loved it.
An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction.
Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.
There is a sense of warmth and freedom in this novel, as though Rebus's retirement has liberated his creator as much as himself.
For more than three decades Ian Rankin has been out in front of the pack, delivering the best books out there, raising the bar each and every time. A Song For The Dark Times proves it. This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations.