The craft of his writing never wavers, it's just the plot that starts unraveling, and the sad feeling at the end of the book was that the amazing start wasn't followed up with an equally amazing ending. He should get some time on the naughty step for that as it really disappointed. The writing style is inconsistent at times as Rankin steps out of storytelling to tell the reader things directly - it makes reading slighting uncom Theres plenty of good news about Sex, Drugs and Sausage Rolls. However, the fandom of these future-types is so great, they change the past, meaning John Lennon never dies, and Elvis lives on long enough to record a rap album, and Richard Branson's Virgin empire to take over the world well, Brentford. Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls is a good example of this. The writing style is inconsistent at times as Rankin steps out of storytelling to tell the reader things directly - it makes reading slighting uncomfortable when it happens. So far, so good, but the plots gets a little too thick, with so much to juggle, that Rankin resorts to having one chapter in the final third devoted to reminding you what's going on, and it's not done in a gentle way, it's as subtle as a brick to the face. And it's never good when the author has to break free of the magical world he's created to say 'look, are you lot keeping up? Better than most of his work, if you haven't read Rankin before it's a fine place to start. Do those misdemeanours make a poor book? It is genuinely funny at times.