Jennifer Reese
November 30, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Watchman

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ian Rankin
publisher
Orion Books
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

In the ’88 thriller Watchman, published here for the first time, British spy Miles Flint gets into trouble with the scoundrels detonating bombs around London and the even worse scoundrels he works with. Then there’s his restless wife.

Movie Pitch
The Bourne Ultimatum, plus villains with hot Irish accents.

Lowdown
Ian Rankin’s writing is always terrific, but in the last two decades he’s learned valuable lessons about plotting. B

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