Watchman

Watchman

Book - 1991
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Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn't lust after promotion, and he doesn't want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect - with horrific consequences - Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irishwoman. His marriage seems ready to crumble to dust. So does his home. But Miles is given one last chance for redemption - a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder and shocking discoveries. But can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1991
ISBN: 9780752860343
0752860348
9780752859156
0752859153
9780385418096
0385418094
Branch Call Number: RAN
Characteristics: 175 p

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jefralick
Oct 08, 2017

Major complaint on this one: many chapters seem to begin making you guess which character is being followed. Irritating quirk that I don't remember from other Rankin books that I've read.

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rb3221
May 23, 2016

Miles Flint is a watchman for MI5. He suspects foul play in a failed assignment by his colleagues and assigns himself to solve this mystery of an assassinated Israeli in spite of his superiors.
The first half of the novel is rather slow but it does set the scene as to what will eventually happen. There is an interesting and surprising ending as Flint comes into an uneasy alliance with an IRA terrorist.
It is an early work by Rankin and I feel the Rebus novels are much more interesting.

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rahmmie
Dec 18, 2011

Rankin definitely has a very peculiar style of writing but so far (this is the second book of his I read), I think his plots lack punch and entertainment

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GerryAdams
Apr 19, 2011

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