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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

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2007
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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 1 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 2015
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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.

    0 of 1 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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    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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 11-17-13
    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2012

    looking for a good read

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    What would have made Standing in Another Man's Grave better?

    someone else reading it. Can not listen to the accent!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    some one that speaks better english


    How could the performance have been better?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    i would not get another one of these books if the guy reading is in the dialect he speaks.
    horrid

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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