The Hanging Garden (Rankin novel)
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|Preceded by||Black and Blue|
|Followed by||Dead Souls|
Detective Inspector John Rebus is investigating a suspected war criminal. Rebus helps a traumatised Bosnian prostitute and tries to intercede in a territory war between gangster Tommy Telford and 'Big Ger' Cafferty's established gang. Telford is known to have close links with Newcastle gangster named Tarawicz -"Mr Pink Eyes"- a Chechen people-smuggler.
There are major differences between the novel and the TV adaptation - these include the omission of the storyline involving a suspected Nazi war criminal, and a plot element in which Rebus recalls events during his Army service in Northern Ireland and wonders whether under slightly different circumstances he himself might have become a war criminal.
The title refers to The Cure's song "The Hanging Garden."
"Mr Pink Eyes" is another song by The Cure.
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