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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"Rebus's last stand?"
Rebus is now a 'civilian' investigating cold cases but you just know that this will not be enough. Cold cases become hot cases as mispers from the past link with mispers of the present and Rebus is in the thick of it despite the best endeavours of the police hierarchy to pull him out. Once again his foil is Sgt Siobhan Clark who is perhaps the only one who understands the rogue ex detective. The whole book is held together by the brilliant narration of James Macpherson. The final question remains unanswered - will Rebus be allowed back into the force or is he standing in his own grave?
"Ian Ranklins - Standing in another mans Grave"
I was a little apprehensive at first, about trying this book, but having read all the other Rebus books, decided I would give it a try.
I was glad I did because Ian Rankling has once again, continued in the same great detail and has written a thoroughly good book. I enjoyed this story and am already awaiting the next one
What a relief to have a book of this quality and length whilst driving long distances! The story is, as one would expect from Ian Rankin, brilliant and gripping. The reading of the book is wonderful - sympathetic, believable and with Scottish accents.
I now look forward to getting in the car, and am annoyed when the phone rings.
Many thanks Audible.
This is a book in the series about the detective John Rufus in true detective spirit full of twists and turns and a great ending. bring on the next book
"Rebus really back?"
I've dipped in and out of the Rebus series over the years and whilst I have an affection for the cantankerous old detective, with his alcoholic tendencies and desire to get-the-job-done prioritised over procedure, I found this somewhat dragged out and lacking the pace of some of Rankin's earlier offerings. This might be the pace of writing matching Rebus's newfound status as a civilian working in the 'cold case' squad. The plot didn't seem as involved as some of the previous novels and, in actual fact, it wasn't too difficult to discern the culprit. While no doubt entertaining, at times I was left wanting for some of the old Rebus and wondering whether he wouldn't actually have been better left in retirement.
"Rebus back better than ever"
Rebus is back but he is not the only one. Fox is As interested as we are In his return. Clark now a Di trying hard to keep Rebus in check. Scotland's A9 the focus of the mystery. What a fantastic read.
"Rebus is back"
Ian Rankin is up to his best standards. Rebus - retiring but not resting - shows that an old copper still cuts the mustard.
"Rebus rides again!"
I love all things Rebus and Roankin and am growing to love Malcolm Fox too. One tiny complaint, and it's hard for me today this but Rebus was annoying me a bit in the early chapters in the way he was getting Siobhan involved in things that were ever so slightly not right, but other than that loved it!
"Excellent introduction to my Audible experience"
Never believed I would like listening to books more than actually turning the pages ..... But I did, really good experience and brought the book to life, being able to sit and really relax and close my eyes and listen was fandabydossey .... Fantastic !
"Great to have Rebus back again !"
I have enjoyed all the Rebus novels - so it is wonderful to have him back again in this excellent mystery story. James Macpherson is one of my favourite audiobook narrators, so this is an all-round treat.
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