In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won’t. Now he’s got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.
©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A superior series." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." (The Boston Globe)
Narrative makes the world go round.
I recently re-listened to the Rebus series in order since they are all available to me now. Most stood up - or played even better taken chronologically. In this one, however, Rebus is still an Adam Dalgliesh wanna-be, drinking Chablis, reading and listening to the classics, friendship-hugging vulnerable women. And Rankin is still learning how to write. That said, it's still a decent mystery, just not what we'd expect from Rebus or Rankin a little later in their careers. The biggest value was seeing Holmes and Rebus at the start of their relationship.
I really dislike Page as a Rebus narrator - but that's a more personal choice.
swine of steel
I was mostly into (the audible version) for the spoken dialects to compare with the first season of the BBC version (another "Thank Gawd for Subtitles" show). i'm impressed. i started with "Knots and Crosses" and i'm looking forward to "Tooth and Mail".
This is another Inspector Rebus mystery; this time he is busy investigating an apparent drug overdose.
No, it was a bit too convoluted.
He does a great job.
I enjoyed this, but it wasn't one of my favorite Inspector Rebus stories.
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