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Set in Darkness | [Ian Rankin]

Set in Darkness

For the first time in 300 years, Scotland has its own Parliament, and to go with it, its own newly developed Parliament buildings. Detective Inspector John Rebus views the whole thing through a rather jaundiced eye, given that he's been chosen to liaise with the restructuring of the whole building.
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in 300 years, Scotland has its own Parliament, and to go with it, its own newly developed Parliament buildings. Detective Inspector John Rebus views the whole thing through a rather jaundiced eye, given that he's been chosen to liaise with the restructuring of the whole building.

At first he thinks that the building's murky past may just be a break from the tedium - not every building has stories of a mad earl roasting a servant to death, after all - but when he is shown the legendary site, it's to discover a rather more recent body occupying the same place. As if that's not enough, a prospective Member of Parliament is found dead a few days later on the same site. As always, it's up to Rebus to find out what's going on.

©2000 Ian Rankin; (P)2002 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"The plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 01-22-09
    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 01-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "solid Rebus novel"

    This novel is a bit slow starting, compared to say Fleshmarket Alley, but is a good, solid representation of Rebus. The characters are well defined and nicely flawed and the reader does a decent job at separating the various voices. This book meanders a bit during the story going off on seemingly random tangents, but I enjoy how the characters deal with the underbelly of Edinburgh enough to see it through. If you are needing a solid Rebus fix after hitting the more drama/story driven books, this will do it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kati Loeffler 06-09-12 Listener Since 2008
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narration


    What didn???t you like about Samuel Gillies???s performance?

    Cadence of the manner in which he read syntax and individual words destroyed the intended meaning of sentences, and completely distracted one from being able to concentrate on the story. Agonizing to listen to. I like Ian Rankin's novels, but this performance forced me to abandon listening to it 1/4 way through Part 1.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nathan Bloomington, IN, United States 12-01-11
    nathan Bloomington, IN, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "One for the true Rebus fans"

    I don't think Gilies is the best of the Rebus narrators. Though I am not from Scotland, his accent sounds a bit too formal for my likings compared to the others who really do a good job capturing class differences with their various accents. Also, a few of his voices sound too similar to his Rebus, but his Cafferty is amazing. Beyond him, the book is quite good, and of the 9 rebus books Ive listened to, this is one of my favorites. It takes a while to get settled into, as this is one of Rankins more complex plots, but its worth it if you can stick with it and the ending is very satisfying. Not sure if Id pay $30 for it but it was definitely worth the credit.

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    Judie Sacramento, CA, USA 09-10-08
    Judie Sacramento, CA, USA 09-10-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Not my favorite"

    I am a mystery book junkie and have listened to 100+ books from Audible over the past several years. Seldom have I NOT finished a book, but this one just didn't hold my interest. I kept rewinding it(thinking my train of thought was interrupted) but it still didn't help. Sorry, but this is a boring book with lots of characters and difficult to follow.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 05-08-08
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 05-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow and slower"

    This book was very slow. I never really got into it either. It ran on and on while I just kept wondering the plot. There were too many dead people and not enough suspense. The only twist was just lame and predictable.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 10-07-08
    John NJ, United States 10-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite long..."

    I enjoyed the "John Rebus" character in a previous audio book, and others by the author, but i found this to be long, drawn out and not really worth the journey. Sorry, but i can't recommend this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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