“My dad used to say to me, ‘Try to keep a cool head and a warm heart’. At least I think it was my dad. I don’t really remember him.” Gravy worked in the graveyard – hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn’t recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun. Gravy had looked after things for Benjy before, but never a gun. When Gravy looked in the car he found blood, a balaclava and a bag stuffed with money. Gravy’s not too bright but he wants to help his friend. So Gravy finds himself caught up in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, a woman who witnessed a murder, and some very unpleasant men who will do anything to get back the money Benjy stole… (Taken from Goodreads)
A Cool Head is a short story that will keep you entertained for an hour or two.
I was surprised how strong this storyline was and in my opinion this short story could have easily been extended into a novel. I love Ian Rankin’s books and the man is a genius storyteller.
All the characters throughout the novel were well thought out and each have a purpose to play in the story.
Overall this was a quick easy read and I highly recommend it to fans of Ian Rankin.