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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Rebus
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031622460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316224604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Rebus is back! Well, you didn’t really think Rankin’s cantankerous Edinburgh copper would stay retired, did you? Rankin has moved on since Rebus’ retirement party in Exit Music (2008), beginning a new series starring another Edinburgh cop, Malcolm Fox, but Fox couldn’t be more different from Rebus: a reformed drunk rather than a functioning one; a rule follower rather than a habitual rule breaker; and, most important, an internal-affairs officer rather than a detective. Oil and water, right? So who could resist the temptation to put them together in the same novel? It turns out Rebus has been spending his time since retirement as a civilian volunteer in a cold-case unit; one of those cold cases, the 15-year-old disappearance of a young woman, turns very hot when Rebus finds a connection to several more recent disappearances. His bloodhound’s scent aroused, the detective is on the trail with a vengeance, crossing lines and bending rules just like in his salad days, which, naturally, brings him afoul of Fox, who abhors Rebus’ nonconformity and is convinced the maverick must be dirty. (Or is he just jealous of his worst enemy’s prowess as a detective?) Crime-fiction readers are trained to hate internal-affairs cops, but Rankin made us see Fox’s humanity in The Complaints (2011) and The Impossible Dead (2011); now he sets the IA guy against our favorite bullheaded maverick. Ambiguity has never tasted so bittersweet. A gutsy experiment on Rankin’s part and a completely successful one. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Crime-fiction fans will swarm when the news of Rebus’ return spreads, and Rankin won’t disappoint them. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Rebus has returned... and it's a treat to welcome him back THE TIMES Needless to say, Rankin soon - once again - has the bit between his teeth. Rankin, as ever, does this better than most GOOD BOOK GUIDE The prose is as ferocious as ever; the sense of place matchless; this is British crime-writing of the finest, lasting quality. DAILY MAIL Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives, and his 19th case features some fine one-liners... STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE is Rankin's most interesting book politically... Cheeringly, it seems clear from the final pages that there will be more Rebus books to chart the next stage in Scotland's story. GUARDIAN Rankin draws us into a thematically rich plot that evolves into a meditation on morality and how best to asses a man's worth... Rebus is one of the most popular fictional characters of our generation. IRISH TIMES Gritty and hard-hitting, it's the work of a writer at the very top of his game. SUNDAY MIRROR Ian Rankin's now iconic Rebus series provides a better biography of modern Edinburgh over the past 25 years than almost anything else. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime. SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY Rebus hasn't changed; he's as sharp, petty, curmudgeonly and likeable as ever. IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT Rebus is back, in a novel long, meaty and persuasive enough to make up for the years of absence. -- Allan Massie SPECTATOR Rankin's dialogue flows so naturally that it's easy to dismiss his subtler gifts; no one captures the bleak grandeur of Scotland, or the mindset of those charged with upholding its law, in quite the same way. -- Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES For crime novel aficionados, this year's literary sensation is not 50 Shades of whatever or JK Rowling's non-magical foray into adult fiction. No, it is the return of one of the genre's finest characters; and what a welcome return it is. SUNDAY EXPRESS Auld acquaintance is gleefully renewed when Rankin brings cantankerous John Rebus out of retirement in a civilian role for an Edinburgh cold case team - *9 RUTLAND TIMES Thrilling, funny and intelligent, this is crime fiction at its best CATHOLIC HERALD Rebus - and Rankin - are both on top form in this enjoyable detective novel SUNDAY BUSINESS POST MAGAZINE Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime -- David Robinson SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY Ian Rankin's fiction is as reliable as it is successful, so this installment will thrill his many fans LITERARY REVIEW An impeccably crafted whodunnit -- John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES Now we know retirement has not withered Rebus -- Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH Rebus is back and the result is an outstanding whodunit, a book that should be read by anyone wanting to experience the very best of modern crime fiction. It is high praise indeed to suggest that this is the finest book Ian Rankin has ever written: but in our view it is UNDISCOVEREDSCOTLAND.COM Vintage Rankin... [a] thoroughly absorbing, endlessly twisting tale. I was gripped from first page to last - and so will you be READER'S DIGEST Vintage Rebus MORNING STAR A seasonal treat for crime fiction fans CHOICE Rankin's malcontent still makes for an irresistably morose companion i --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Interesting character, well crafted plot.
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Well plotted novel with good three-dimensional characters and sense of place, keeps you turning the pages with exciting twists of plot.
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Hopefully Rebus will be back on the force.
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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Jim Napier, mystery & crime fiction reviewer on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's a new day--or not. John Rebus is back in harness, working for his old force, the Lothian and Borders Police, this time as a civilian in a Cold Case Unit. His boss, DS Daniel Cowen, resents his posting as the only serving officer supervising a bunch of over-the-hill ex-cops, and Rebus gives him plenty of attitude, further nursing the man's aggravation.

When Rebus is approached by a woman seeking information about her long-missing daughter, Rebus isn't sure he has anything to work with; she was eighteen, and a dozen years have passed since her disappearance and the original investigation. There was little enough to go on at the time, and since then the original case officers have either died or retired. But the woman points out that several other women have dropped out of sight over the ensuing years, and all in roughly the same region of rural Scotland. She's convinced there is a serial killer at work. His curiousity piqued, Rebus decides to look into the case; but with no real support from Cowan, and lacking even a warrant card, he's very much on his own. So what else is new?

Rebus is unaware that he's also in the crosshairs of another cop in Lothian and Borders. DI Malcolm Fox heads Ethics and Standards, the current incarnation of Internal Affairs, and he's convinced that John Rebus is dirty. He sets out to investigate the maverick copper, and it isn't long before he learns that Rebus has a more-or-less regular drinking partner, an ex-con known as Big Ger Cafferty. Is Rebus passing inside information to the former crime boss? To Fox, the issue is clear: "The force had spent generations tolerating and turning a blind eye to cops like Rebus... Rebus was the last. He had to be convinced that his time was past.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bookie on November 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It doesn't seem like 25 years since Rebus first hit the pages. In the 5 years since his retirement, I've missed him. The couple of books about The Complaints Division featuring the humourless, disagreeable and teetotal Malcolm Fox have helped to fill the gap, but Standing In Another Man's Grave cleverly squares the circle. Rebus returns and comes across his old adversary Fox.

Rebus comes out of retirement to work cold case files, but as a civilian. He has none of his previous powers as a police officer, but as may be expected, this small constraint doesn't stop him investigating in his own inimitable style. The route of the A9 links disappearances and unusually, Rebus leaves Edinburgh to follow leads all over Scotland. His beloved Saab is still going strong and other familiar characters including Big Ger and Siobhan also feature. The plot is more straightforward than many of the earlier stories and it's clear early on who's responsible for the killings. However, the book still works very well. The contrast between Fox and Rebus is stark. Fox remains sterile and disapproving whilst Rebus is almost anarchic, but human and likeable. The musical references are there, but increasingly involve a sense of mortality. Some of the most poignant moments are when Rebus reflects on the death of musicians of a similar age to himself, including John Martyn and Bert Jansch.

The good news is that the way is left open for Rebus to return. The retirement age for Police has been raised and Rebus makes it clear he wants another stint in his old job. For me, Rebus has lost non of his old magic. He remains a highly individual but engaging character. He has a distinct style and outlook but has always managed not to become a stereotype or caricature.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr Bo Abrahamsen on November 11, 2012
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What is there not to like about Edinburgh's famously grumpy, contrary, IPA guzzling detective? The best thing is that he is back. This book is a good read and something of a page turner. On the other hand, isn't the dialogue a little less sparkling and Rebus a little older and a little softer round the edges? And reduced to nicking staplers? Most Rebus stories are so strong in dialogue and repartee that they had me chuckling away. Not this one - only a couple of chuckles to be honest. If you are new to Ian Rankin's fiction, begin with the first Rebus books and try to get then in sequence as the back story evolves. You definitely don't want to miss this latest installment but it does not quite rank up there with Ian Rankin's greatest.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn L. Zaremba on January 17, 2013
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I was so looking forward to the return of Rebus, after being bored out of my wits by the two books featuring the teetotal non-smoking Fox. I must say, though, that the story was a disappointment. The opening of the tale had so much potential, but it just dropped off, with most key points unexplained. Once Rebus solved the mystery of the first disappearance (all too easily), nothing was explained about the connection between it and the subsequent disappearances. There was no explanation of the meaning of the photos sent to survivors of the victims. There was no explanation of what motivated the responsible party. Fox of the Complaints was unbelievably hostile to Rebus and his capitulation was too facile and easily achieved. Great holes in the story and the ending seemed to indicate that Rankin got bored with the story early on and just ended it as quickly as he could. Rebus and Clarke deserved better than this! And Cafferty? I didn't believe for a minute that he could have become such a pussy and given way to young Christie, whose rise in the crime world came out of nowhere and nothing. Sorry, Mr. Rankin, I just didn't buy the whole setup. Sad. Very sad.
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