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"Set In Darkness" by Ian Rankin is a novel with a dramatic and socking ending.

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Linda Whyte "Set In Darkness" by Ian Rankin is a novel with a dramatic and socking ending. Rankin creates this effect by portraying the protagonist, John Rebus as willing to do anything in order to arrest the criminals in the story. During Rebus's investigation into a body found in a fireplace in Queensberry House and also the murder of prospective MSP Roddy Grieve, he uncovers political corruption over 20 years involving Edinburgh's main gangland criminal, Big Ger Cafferty. In addition, there is also a smaller upstart, Barry Hutton, who is causing countless problems for everyone. Cafferty takes Rebus for a showdown with Hatton. Hutton attacks Rebus who passes out, waking up to discover him missing, knowing Cafferty has killed him but has no way of proving it. Ranking added mounting suspense and up until the last chapter, the reader is still unaware of the outcome. The thought provoking characterisation, evocative language, and interesting structure added to my appreciation and gave me a deeper understanding of the novel as a whole. ...read more.

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In the closing part of the novel, the reader learns of the dramatic ending. My enjoyment of the novel is heightened here since Rankin creates suspense leading up to the last chapter so you are unaware of what is to follow. Rebus has been lured into a warehouse and Barry Hutton proceeds to assault him. "Another blow, this time bursting Rebus's nose open. Tears pounded his eyes. He tried blinking them away. Oh, Jesus Christ that hurt." In the finale, John Rebus found himself in a life-threatening situation. My appreciation of the novel is increased here because of the author's use of effective sentence structure. Rankin's use of short sentences in this quotation gives the reader the impression that they are inside Rebus's head, feeling, and thinking the same way as him. Ian Rankin's use of evocative language has helped to create the dramatic and violent ending while simultaneously adding to my appreciation of the novel overall. Rebus, his work colleague, Siobhan, and several others are attending the funeral of Mackie, who had committed suicide due to overwhelming pressure and a past life coming back to haunt him. ...read more.

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This panorama of thoughts adds to the melodramatic and astonishing ending while simultaneously adding to my admiration of the novel as a whole. Throughout the novel the change in a scene form one person to another changes several times in each chapter. As the reader nears the end of the book the pace of the changes quickens suddenly and the reader has difficulty keeping up with everyone's situation. This multiple point of view creates the shocking ending since the reader wants the characters stories to have a happy conclusion because of the ordeals they have come through during the course of the novel. In addition, the trauma which John Rebus is submitted to at the hands of Barry Hutton is described in far more disturbing detail than any of the other victims. The novel "Set In Darkness" by Ian Rankin is a novel, which has a startling and dreadful ending. Rankin creates this effect by portraying the protagonist, John Rebus willing to do anything to catch the criminals in the story. The ending is quite out of character from the rest of the novel, which makes it so surprising. The masterful characterisation, effective language, and disjointed structure added to my perception of the novel as a whole. ...read more.

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