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Standing in Another Man's Grave | [Ian Rankin]

Standing in Another Man's Grave

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.
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Publisher's Summary

In book 20 of the series, John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over 10 years.

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere.

Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus.

Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files. Necessary work, but it's not exactly scratching the itch he feels to be in the heart of the action.

Two more women have gone missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen. Unlike his skeptical colleagues, Rebus can sense a connection - but pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new.

Rebus may have missed the thrill of the hunt, but he's up against a powerful enemy who's got even less to lose.

On the 20th anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes an audiobook bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction's most dazzling stars. Standing in Another Man's Grave is the triumphant return of John Rebus, and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.

©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2012 Hachette

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    Galadriel 08-29-13
    Galadriel 08-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Clever, good lead character."
    Any additional comments?

    It's a bit confusing at points - hard to tell all of those names apart and I found myself rewinding a lot. The reader is fine and the plot engaging, although not as emotionally engaging as I would have liked. I love the wit, intelligence and rebellion of the main character though, and it was enough to keep me interested all the way through. I might try another in this series sometime. More of a Denise Mina fan, but this was pretty good.

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    critical shopper CA 05-16-13
    critical shopper CA 05-16-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Rebus gets better and better"

    Sure he is older but his instincts and worldview are unchanged. Rankin has a winner here and I hope he keeps it up.

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    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 05-12-13
    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Superb Scottish thriller complete with the accent"

    I loved the twists of political intrigue in telling of the detective work in cold cases set in Scotland. The narration brought joy to my ears having grown up with Scottish brogue in my home, but I admit that some might find it harder to listen.

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    VAreader Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-03-13
    VAreader Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Return to solid form"

    A very solid "Rebus" story, confirming Ian Rankin very much back to form after the somewhat disappointing Malcolm Fox books. A well constructed plot, with some interesting new villains emerging - seeds for future stories? - and two well-past-their prime main characters including of course Rebus himself. He's the scruffy character steeped in IPA and cigarettes, in his element in the thick bluish smoke haze of bar rooms in old British pubs. James Macpherson's narration is superb, although some may find the Scottish brogue a little thick - I thought it was 5 stars.

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    Elizabeth United States 03-25-13
    Elizabeth United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Happy to have Rebus back"
    What made the experience of listening to Standing in Another Man's Grave the most enjoyable?

    The Scots accent for Rebus that I cannot reproduce in my head if just reading


    If you’ve listened to books by Ian Rankin before, how does this one compare?

    Top 10, but maybe the mystery itself isn't as developed and tangled as he usually does it, so not a top 5. But the joy of having Rebus back and exploring another stage of his life (retirement) make this definitely worth a credit if you are already a fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than Rankin's recent Complaints books; he is on firm ground with his old characters here.

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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 03-19-13
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Maybe it is just me, not particularly compelling"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Pretty good police procedural. But it did not seem compelling to me. I am having trouble remembering the other Rebus books, but my recollection is they were more compelling, and that the Rebus character resonated with me a lot more. He did not seem very complex this time. Just drank and smoked a lot. Narrator had an authentic Scottish accent to my ear. Which means in part, he was relatively hard to understand. The Scandanavian thrillers are blowing things like this book away, it seems to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Rankin? Why or why not?

    I have read other of the Rebus books. I think I basically like them.


    What aspect of James Macpherson’s performance would you have changed?

    I would just as soon books be read in a regular American English accent. I had to concentrate to understand the narrator, just as I have to do in Scotland!


    Did Standing in Another Man's Grave inspire you to do anything?

    Not that I recall.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments. I will probably listen to other Rebus books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    judith clemson, SC, United States 03-19-13
    judith clemson, SC, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It was grave, for sure."

    Mysteries don't have to include comic relief, and in this book, it was a good thing they don't.

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    Paul Haverhill, MA, United States 03-12-13
    Paul Haverhill, MA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Scotish accents Oboy!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While the Scotish accents were authentic I believe, although I'm not Scotish, understanding what was being said by serval of the characters took 1/3 of the book to comprehend. I should have gotten the written version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. Interferance due to not understanding character dialogue disrupted the plot flow


    What three words best describe James Macpherson’s performance?

    Good, if you are Scotish.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    That's it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kay FRANKLINTON, LA, United States 02-20-13
    Kay FRANKLINTON, LA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wisdom comes with age"
    If you could sum up Standing in Another Man's Grave in three words, what would they be?

    everything is connected


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    pretty much, always wondering if "complaints" were going to give the detective a problem






    Have you listened to any of James Macpherson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    detective's connection with his daughter at the end


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    scott waban, MA, United States 02-17-13
    scott waban, MA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Hooray! Rebus is back!"

    Thankfully, Ian Rankin has brought Rebus back from retirement, to the chagrin of his superiors and Rankin's newer protagonist, Inspector Malcom Fox. Fans of Rebus will not be disappointed. Those new to this series should go back and read/listen to earlier entries first. This audio production was excellent, portraying Rebus as a unique combination of Falstaff, Columbo, and Sam Spade with a Scottish accent.

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