Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium.
The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.
James MacPherson played DCI Jardine in Taggart for 16 years, and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and ART by Yasmina Reza. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Spoken Word Gold Award for his reading ofStrip Jack, a Crimefest Audible UK Sounds of Crime Award for Doors Open and has narrated all the Ian Rankin Rebus books. James lives in Glasgow.
©2012 John Rebus Ltd (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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"Gripping, entertaining and just all around an excellent read."
JR's fatalistic attitude to life, his cynicism, sarcasm and general sense of resignation and disillusion give his character a refreshingly honest quality... The characterization generally is good, the plot is strong and consistent, the style is entertaining. Good escapist fiction, and like all good escapist fiction the story points out the dark irony of real life.
"Love the Scottish language 😊"
I enjoy the puzzling choice of Words In Ian Rankins Novel, feel i have watched a Scottish Road movie.
Well read and a great story until the end when I just sat and went really!!!!!
"Standing in Another Man's Grave-another cracker"
Standing in Another Man's Grave-another cracker by Ian
Rebus back doing was he does best annoying the hell out of people @ solving the case with his old sidekick Clarke.
Narration Excellently performed as always
"Iain Rainkin at his best"
Rebusw after retirement
Rebus had retired in Exit Music , Book 17, back in 2007, and Rankin has him popping back up as a civilian working with the cold case squad.
James Macpherson bring the book to life. As much as John Thaw was Morse in the TV dramatizations James Macpherson readings bring Rebus to life.
His on going relationship with Siobhan Clarke.
If you thought Rebus was dead and forgotten he is as alive in retirement as he ever was when he was on the Force.
The author writes a good yarn and James Macpherson brings it all alive. I have listened to it twice - getting rid of the biggest pile of ironing and walking to and from work. Nice twists and turns the accent makes it more 'real' but not so broad a poor Brit cant understand.
No but will look for his name again.
Loved the bit where the young lad gets one over on the long time baddie :-)
will keep it on my phone for replaying.
"Lots of Rebus, Fox cameo only"
Great story but I was slightly disappointed by the ending - possibly because for once I saw it coming. I love Rebus and I love Fox, but their head-to-head in this didn't inspire me - it seemed no more than a cameo. Love James McPherson and eagerly await the next Ian Rankin. Please Audible UK can we have the entire backlist.
"Nice to see Rebus back"
Yes - BUT sadly not with James MacPherson narrating. I enjoy MacPherson's acting but he should really stick with that. His staccato delivery leading to interruptions in mid-sentence and even at times in 'mid-word' is infuriating and I found myself finishing his sentences for him.....
I was just about to pre-order the latest Rankin till I saw that MacPherson was in the driving seat again - no thanks!
"Not the best from Ian Rankin"
As a fan of inspector Rebus I love these books by Ian Rankin but this is not the best. Pleasant to listen to if you are a Rebus and Rankin fan but not the best story line this time
"Another great Rebus story"
I really enjoyed this, the characters come to life and feel like real people you'd want to meet (well maybe not all of them). It makes me want to visit the area too which sounds lovely. I was slightly disappointed with the conclusion. It felt a bit brief after the build up, but I'm the sort of person that likes loose ends all tidied away rather that being left wondering about some of the details. This story also brings in Malcolm Fox (Complaints) face to face with Rebus which really highlighted their differences. A good read/listen and hope there. Will be more Rebus to come.
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