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The Flood

by Ian Rankin

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Flood

This is not a Rebus detective story, in fact it is Rankin’s first novel so fascinating for his fans to see how he has developed.  It’s a strange book of relationships, local feuds, suspicion and the search for happiness, many themes he has developed over the years.  He introduces it himself. This title is also available as an Audio book in CD or Audio Cassette format.

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The Flood Synopsis

Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community.

 

Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood.

The Flood is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Dark, atmospheric and powerful, it is a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780752883694
Publication date: 9th August 2006
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (a Format)
Pagination: 272 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Ian Rankin Press Reviews

'A must for lovers of Rankin'
GOOD BOOK GUIDE

'Full of secrets and revelations, with an atmospheric sense of time and place, it has Rankin's signature darkness'

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'It wouldn't take a Rebus to sleuth out the telltale signs of a talent in the making' 
Chris Power 
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ISBN: 9780752883694
Publication date: 09/08/2006
Format: Paperback (a Format)

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About Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.  His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's ...

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