Though there's a twist to it, "Sunday" describes one of Rebus' days off, giving us a glimpse of his life at home. None of the stories approach "thriller" level, but some achieve real tension — when a juror goes investigating by himself in the wrong end of town, for example. The stories range from the depressing — a sad tale of a bourgeois daughter — and lowlife — a story about a peeping tom in a tenement block — to the lighthearted — in the closing "Monstrous Trumpet" Rebus has to entertain a visiting French policeman and solve a high society art heist.
Rankin seems strongest in areas that aren't a good fit for the short story and would be better treated in a novel. And on the basis of A Good Hanging I'm prepared to try one of his novels.