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Fleshmarket Alley: An Inspector Rebus Novel | [Ian Rankin]

Fleshmarket Alley: An Inspector Rebus Novel

Inspector John Rebus has confronted Edinburgh's most hardened criminals, its bloodiest crime scenes, and its most dangerous backstreets, but nothing could have prepared him for what he finds on Fleshmarket Alley. In the city's red-light district, men live out their sordid fantasies, and women with no other choice sell their bodies to make a buck. It's a neighborhood of lost inhibitions, forgotten scruples, and hopeless dreams.
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Publisher's Summary

Inspector John Rebus has confronted Edinburgh's most hardened criminals, its bloodiest crime scenes, and its most dangerous backstreets, but nothing could have prepared him for what he finds on Fleshmarket Alley.

In the city's red-light district, men live out their sordid fantasies, and women with no other choice sell their bodies to make a buck. It's a neighborhood of lost inhibitions, forgotten scruples, and hopeless dreams. In its seediest clubs, refugees seeking asylum are subjected to the whims of the most ruthless characters in the crime world...men Rebus knows all too well.

Crack another case with Inspector Rebus.

©2005 Ian Rankin; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a superb crime novel, a pivotal entry in a uniformly fascinating series, and a remarkably perceptive analysis of the contemporary immigration dilemma at its most achingly human level." (Booklist)

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    Andrew Gloversville, NY, USA 10-02-08
    Andrew Gloversville, NY, USA 10-02-08
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    "Great Story"

    I really enjoy the Rebus Novels. But, I do not enjoy listening to the narrator read these novels.
    I find it distracting to listen to him mispronounce words e.g. "Niaff" , "Irn Bru", place names etc.
    As I'm from Scotland these errors jump out at me. Others probably will not find this an issue at all.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore V Marsters 08-13-12
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    "Kind of boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better plot and better writing


    What was most disappointing about Ian Rankin’s story?

    I though the plot was weak and not compelling. Had I not paid for the book, I would have stopped listening to it. I have have other of this series and liked them. This one fell flat.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and interprets the wording well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fleshmarket Alley?

    In that I thought it was really boring, I would cut the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cat63 06-28-10
    Cat63 06-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "slow moving"

    In listening to this book I settled into a semi comfortable state of boredom, it was as if the characters and I had been involved in a long stale marriage. You kind of knew them but there was nothing exciting about either them or the story. The villains, such as they were, weren't all that villainous and the ending was more of a dull thud then a surprise. I didn't hate this book but I was glad when it was over and I could get on to something more engrossing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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