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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"Not the best Rebus book but thoroughly enjoyed it"
As a big Rebus fan I was always going to a little bias on this one but I genuinely enjoyed the book. The writing quality is up to Rankin's usual standard with believable characters and a really refreshing diversion from the usual Edinburgh locale. I was a little disappointed with the linking of the Fox character from the two complaints books; I thought he could have made a lot more of that - hopefully that might come in a future work. Whilst I liked the plot I did find the "bad guy" link a bit tenuous and there were a few untied strings from in the end which would have really finished it off nicely. Certainly worth a read but could have been slightly better.
"John Rebus back..."
It was like slipping into a pair of well worn slippers moulded to personal expectation.Same old Rebus ...drinking more malt than usual,laughing in the face of the smoking ban and with his customary disdain for authority.I felt the plot line was promising weaving old faces ,sworn enemies and a new nemesis in Malcolm Fox.Rebus ploughs a familiar lone furrow in true "vinyl" fashion outclassing the "digital" competition.Ending had me slightly troubled but delighted to spend more time with this particular grumpy pensioner!
"Usual Rebus fare"
Actually no, I felt disappointed by the lack of depth and the cop out finish!!!
Rebus is a great character and well developed, he just needed a better story. It felt like anyone would do for the murderer just to tie up the book
I really like James Macpherson. He reads and characterises very well, I always enjoy his performance, just this time he needed better material.
Come on Mr Rankin, Rebus deserves more.
I will try again, as usually Rebus is better than this novel.
I would, but I would read it rather than listen to it. I have read quite a few Rebus books and really enjoyed them but struggled to concentrate with such a strong Scottish accent. No complaints to Mr Macpherson, he read well but I just couldn't keep up with the accent! I do apologise.
For me, and for me only, maybe a narrator with less strong an accent. But I do understand that befits the characters and the places they frequent.
I'm afraid not.
Don't try doing anything else whilst listening as you really need to concentrate.
"Rebus Ive missed you"
Really enjoyed the return to Rebus and following the story with his dry wit and humour thrown in. I thought the narration by James Macpherson was excellent. I enjoyed the other usual suspects being there ie Siobhan and Big Ger Cafferty and enjoyed my first meeting with Malcolm Fox. If you enjoy Rebus you will love this and I so hope Ian Rankin will bring him back again in the near future.
"Rebus is back"
The interplay of the personalities makes for superb listening.
The ending had a really good twist to it.
The time went by quickly when listening to the story. It is well read.
Having read all previous Rebus novels, this is the first I have listened to without having read it previously. It was fab to be able to get my housework don't and enjoy Ian Rankin's engaging work.
Having Rebus back is a joy!
I really enjoyed James Macpherson and would happily listen to him reading again, but I have to agree with another reviewer that the accent was just not quiet right for Rebus.
The relationship between Rebus and Siobhan, which has altered now that he is out of the job.
"Great if you like Rebus but not his best"
I am a self confessed Rebus fan and have read them all. Therefore, its no surprise I pounced on this when it came out. As ever its really well written and flows like the rest of his books. The crossing of Rebus with a character from another book on the internal affairs dept is also interesting. If you haven't read Rebus books before - don't start with this one because a lot of it will go over your head. If you are a Rebus fan then clearly get it!
"Ian Rankin Does it Again!!"
This was a fantastic story and Rebus was back to his begrudging best – the story flowed really well, could stop listening and the performance was really enjoyable, would recommended this for both die hard Rankin fans as well as lovers of crime fiction in general! Top Book!!
Excellent return for Rebus and his excellent style of deduction.
Naration wonderful with all Scottish accents
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