Writer: Ian Rankin
Challenge: Mystery and Suspense Challenge 2011
How I read it: Paperback
Synopsis: Miles Flint has been a successful middle manager in the shadowy ranks of British intelligence until recent mistakes, including a botched surveillance of an Arab assassin, put his career and reputation in jeopardy. Suspecting that the killer evaded him because of a tip from one of his own, Miles launches his own mole hunt, casting himself in a role that's uncomfortably active for him—especially as his search leads back to his wife, Sheila. And Miles's doings seemingly strike a nerve within the organization, getting him dispatched on a perilous IRA bombing-related mission. Rankin creates plausible and fascinating characters in a manner that seems effortless (as in Miles's tic of comparing people to different kinds of beetles).
My Thoughts: This is my first Ian Rankin book and I wasn't impressed. I know it's one of his first books and I really loved the synopsis so I wanted to love it, but I didn't.
The first part of the book was slow and constant POV changes often made it difficult to understand. However, the last third of the book was exciting. Although not totally believable, I read it for the enjoyment of the chase.
Will I read another Rankin? Of course! I haven't even touched his Rebus series. I have to give it a chance. I think for spy novels I'm going to try Carre.