Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…
©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc
Definitely--this is where he gets started but all of following books are better.
Yes, not as good as McPhearson, but good enough.
Okay, here's the scoop. This isn't a great book--but I would recommend it to Rebus fans because this is where it all got started. It's written by a grad student. It's got plenty of flaws--kind of shallow, trite, all that. But, if you are ua Rebus fans this is w ell worth the listen as you see him at his beginning and you can appreciate Rankin's growth as a writer.
This is the first Rebus novel, his orgin story, telling about his time in the SAS and it sets him up for all the other novels and pre Siobhan Clark
The narrator is English, which should have disqualified him. it is painful to listen to his attempts at a Scottish accent and his female voices are particularly unsettling.
The narration is so frustrating, I can't really follow the story. The narrators voices and accents are unpleasant. The story skips between different characters, but it took at least an hour to realise that was what was happening, as the narrator kept on reading in the same voice and tone. The story might be okay. I'll have to read it instead.
The first John Rebus book I enjoyed was Saints of the Shadow Bible (#19). I liked it so well I decided to try the series. It was interesting to see Rebus transform from being almost mechanical and disengaged to become a no-nonsense force of authority not to be toyed with. The book seemed a little slow at first, but kept gaining momentum. Now, I'm officially hooked!
Loved it; I plan to read more of Ian Rankin's novels. Funny, very entertaining, dramatic, brilliant use of descriptive language, the incorporation of historical facts and sophisticated grammatical word play.
Written like the lines were pieced together from other pot boilers. Bad story; bad characters; bad writing. Rankin has such a good reputation. This was very disappointing.
I would not recommend listening to this book as narrated. The story might be Ok, it not a little slow.
Faster pace, more likable main character, better narrator.
The voices of several characters sound like pirate voices. And when he tried to do the daughter's voice, it made me laugh it was so bad. The narration was too distracting.
If I didn't have to drive anywhere.
I might try another by this author if a different person narrated it.
I've got to say I was definitely not impressed. Firstly, I disliked Rebus intensely. He's a self-righteous judgmental ass. And definitely not all that bright. Does he improve later on?
I also found the reason for the killings and kidnappings a stretch. And again judgmental.
The constant reference to Rebus's religion annoyed me no end, since he'd immediately turn around and do something he'd then term sinful.
I did love the descriptions of the city and the atmosphere was nicely noir.
rebus smokes, drinks pints, smokes and complains. this is first in series and must get better.
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