Inspector John Rebus has retired but can’t let go, and he’s called in to consult when a leading Edinburgh lawyer is murdered and an old adversary shot at. Both have received threatening letters. This is the premise of Ian Rankin’s latest novel Even Dogs In The Wild (Orion-H/B-£20) Rebus digs deep into the past and uncovers a nasty secret involving a local borstal and a gang of prominent paedophiles. A story straight out of today’s headlines, and national paranoia, and Rankin does his usual masterful job.

Last month I mentioned Michael Connelly’s Lincoln lawyer, and this month he turns up in a supporting role in the latest Harry Bosch thriller The Crossing (Orion-H/B-£19.99) Just like Rebus, Harry has retired, and moves over to the dark side when he investigates for the defence. Connelly never fails to hit the spot with his novels, and. This isn’t exception. It’s just a shame that so many fictional cops are getting old.

Zombies never grow older, but everyone needs a holiday and in Zombie Apocalypse-Acapulcalypse Now by Alison Littlewood(Robinson-P/B-£8.99) they leave their graves and head fora resort hotel in Mexico which is not all that it seems. Nothing compares to The Walking Dead, though Z Nation is pretty good, and if you’re not zombied out, this will make a little light reading.

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