Edinburgh is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in 300 years. As political passions run high, DI John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident in Queensbury House, bang in the middle of his patch. But Queensbury House has its own, dark past.
Legend has it that a young man was roasted there on a spit by a madman. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered another more recent murder victim is found. Days later, in the gardens outside, there is another body and Rebus is under pressure to find instant answers. As the case proceeds, the Inspector finds himself face to face with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals...
©2000 Ian Rankin (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
It's still more Rebus and Rankin/Scottish crime fiction, and if that's your thing you're in luck. It's not an ideal starting point to the series for a new listener, although it is not the worst choice either.
Why you should choose this version over the unabridged version: Macpherson is a fantastic reader as long as he doesn't try for American accents. And although I prefer unabridged versions of works generally, I'd rather go for the abridged here just to have Macpherson read. He's simply outstanding for the Rebus series of novels. Additionally, in my experience, the tightness of the plot in the abridged version works really well in the audio format as it keeps the pace higher.
"Intriguing, but not Rankin's best"
It was so great to have Rebus back - I am an avid reader of all Rankin's books in this series. I enjoyed being back in the company of these characters, and it is well worth reading. Not the best Rebus novel though.
"Set In Darkness - Ian Rankin"
A very enjoyable 'read'. I was kept interested from the start to the end. The characters work off each other well and the plot twists and turns. The narration is very good.
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