By apparent coincidence, a high-level delegation of Russian businessmen is in town. The politicians and bankers who run Edinburgh are determined that the case should be closed quickly. But the further he digs, the more Rebus becomes convinced that this is more than just a random attack.
©2007 John Rebus Ltd; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd
"Unmatched in the field of British crime fiction." (The Times, London)
"An excellent book"
I am a great fan of Ian Rankin's Rebus books, and this - alas the final one it seems - is well up to the high standard of its predecessors. As ever, Ian Rankin builds up the complexity of the plot layer by layer before peeling them away to unlock the puzzle, and the pace gathers nicely as the story unfolds. Rebus is a great character and the supporting cast are as well drawn as ever.
This is my first audio version of a Rebus tale, and I was a little apprehensive as I had a picture in my mind of the characters from reading the earlier books, and I had not previously been a great fan of Tom Cotcher as a narrator, so could see the potential for a clash.
But to be fair he does a very fine job, and greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book, painting as he does a vivid picture of the various characters, and the essence of the Scots background. Indeed, I think I might well be tempted to listen to earlier stories in the series, having greatly enjoyed this one.
"Rebus' last days"
Rebus has only ten days before he is due to retire; alot can happen in ten days. He is the first detective to arrive at a scene of a brutal murder. The man turns out to be a dissident Russian poet. This adds a diplomatic element to the case, something Rebus is not famed for. And so the plot thickens with more bodies and more questions and less days to solve the murders. Time is a factor, Rebus is a lose cannon and is his old adversary Cafferty (aka Big Ger) involved?
As usual Rankin tells an intriging tale with a host of characters and suspects leaving the listener gripped to the end.
A well-read story with a nice Scottish burr, throughly enjoyable with good characterisation.
"EXCELLENT READING BUT VOICING SUSPECT"
The reading of this book is excellent. The pace and descriptions are perfect, and the story is the usual Rankin clever series of twists.
It is let down only by the voicing of the characters - as a Scot I have never heard anyone speak like the characters here, a little too Hollywood and not enough Holyrood for me (living as I do 800 yards from the author's home).
"A page turner with scotch mist"
Inspector John rebus gets the job done in his indomitable way not minding if he treads on a few official toes which has the reader very much on his side. Even if a late converter to Ian rankings tales of Edinburghs finest you quickly pick up the Pace and undercurrent of menace that lies beneath its surface.Great listening with easy style that I enjoyed along with the cast of usual suspects that all put in an appearance. Could'nt recommend it more.
I was really gripped by this Rebus book and listened in just over one day - I did have a little bit of a problem with the Russian sounding names and got a tad confused, as to my ear they sounded similar. But I could usually decide who was who by the context.
I wonder if perhaps Mr Rankin could see his way clear to create a new career - maybe as a private eye .... or dealing with cold cases. I would be sorry to think that is the last we see of him, he is a bolshi soul, but somehow easy to tolerate as his 'bad' moments are usually understandable.
Anyway, the story was gripping, narrated well and I thoroughly enjoyed it! what more can I say? (a couple of odd accents came out in the reading - but not SO awful that it spoiled my enjoyment)
"Had to end sometime"
Really good book with superb narration; Made it 'hard to put down'. As always with Rankin, great story line, just a shame it had to end for Rebus.
"brilliant writing once again"
I have been an avid reader and listener of Ian Rankin books for several years and have always enyoyed his work. He knows what he is talking about and is one of the best crime book writers. Ian Rankin deserves to be a winner in many ways for all his radical skill in writing so many great novels.
"Poor narrator ruins what seems a good story"
I had listened to Standing In Another Man's Grave and Saints of the Shadow Bible recently and had enjoyed both of them thoroughly. Therefore I expected to enjoy this download just as much.
The problem is this book has a different narrator who is much poorer. He makes rebus sound like an edinburgh gangster rather than a detective. Also all his character's sound the same, even the women sound like men. I mean Clarke - despite being English - has a Scottish accent for some reason.
I gave up after just over 2 hours.
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