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The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel | [Ian Rankin]

The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel

A missing student, a six inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus. The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. While Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke, tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster.
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Publisher's Summary

A missing student, a six-inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus.

The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. While Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke, tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster.

Crack another case with Inspector Rebus.

©2001 Ian Rankin; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Rankin's brilliant evocation of a moody Edinburgh, deeply human characters and labyrinthine plot give dimension to this always absorbing series....Readers won't be able to skim this dark, densely written novel, but they won't want to." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 08-22-08
    Maura New Haven, CT, United States 08-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Rebus book"

    If you like Rebus, you'll like this book. As the first Rebus book I've heard, it took me a while to get into the story, but was well worth the patience. The characters are nicely flawed and interesting and the story is quite enthralling as well.

    The narrator was solid with the accents, but some of the different voices I found a bit irritating, thankfully these were just sideline characters.

    The last few hours I couldn't stop listening, quite suspenseful, although the impetus for the murders I found a bit stretched. Try Naming of the Dead as well.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 08-23-08
    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 08-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Gotta love Rebus"

    I read my first Rebus mystery - The Black Book -quite by accident - just happened to pick it up in a Borders. As I was reading it I saw Rankin on a travel show so I got visual a flavor - as it were - of the Edinburgh of Rebus. The Falls is a wonderful listen. It is inticate and all the various lines in the story not only work, but make the story more plausible. Rebus is a Scot of Hamish Macbeth's ilk - only MUCH more sophisticated. Like Maura, I was so entralled in the last few hours that I literally couldn't put down my earphones. I highly recommend this book to fans of Rebus and those who might like to try a new and compelling character and author.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brian New Port Richey, FL, United States 09-18-10
    Brian New Port Richey, FL, United States 09-18-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Inspector Rebus at his Best!"

    The Falls starts off with a bang and goes on from there. Ian Rankin's Charactor needs no previous introduction, as this outing needs no prologue or charactor intros. It's fast paced and written as a stand alone or as part of a series. It does well either way.
    From beginning to end, "The Falls" keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. Excellent read & narration. A great book for any library!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 02-26-09
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 02-26-09 Member Since 2000
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    "really loved it"

    I really liked this novel. The characters are really well drawn and vivid. Rebus in particular really grows on one, and seems like a real person with all of the faults of one. The setting of Scotland is great. I am not sure why I am not giving this 5 stars. I guess some of the plot seemed pretty contrived and some of the modern internet stuff seemed off. But it kept my attention. I guess I would say that Ian Rankin and Rebus are not quite up there with Michael Connelly and Andrew Vachss, and maybe they are a push with Lee Child (although very different) and maybe with Robert Crais, but they are really good dectective noir stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-16-09
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-16-09 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "enjoyed my latest Rebus"

    I enjoyed this one as much as the other REbus novels I've read and I've enjoyed them all a lot. The crime story in each is interesting but what I really enjoy is the life story of DCI Rebus and those that intertwine his life; his colleagues, his friends, his antagonists and even teh crimianls. The Scottish setting also adds a bit of spice and makes me want to visit Scotland, Edinburgh, and even the Oxfor Bar. And, do you know what, I'm going to do it, I'll expect to see Ian Rankin at the Ox sitting at a table typing away with a beer and whiskey. At least I can hops so!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-19-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-19-09 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Seemed longer than it was"

    This was my first Rebus novel and it will probably be my last. While I recognize that having the book read by someone without a Scottish (I presume) accent might take away from the audio ambience of the novel, I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I didn't have to strain to understand what was said. I had to rewind segments at least 25 times during the listen to decipher what was said. And there were scores of other instances when I just said, "the heck with it." The story itself wasn't bad, although the author's fascination with police title abbreviations got old after a few hours. The characters were good and well developed. I usually like long books. For example, I was disappointed when, after 35 hours, Lonesome Dove was over. This book would have been more enjoyable in the abridged version. I'm preparing to listen to Phantom Prey by John Sandford. Narrator Richard Ferrone will be a welcome change after 16+ hours of Samuel Gillies

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Charlottesville, VA, USA 02-12-09
    Peter Charlottesville, VA, USA 02-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Eh"

    This book allegedly centers around on an online RPG; however, the author clearly has no idea what an RPG is. There's no roleplaying, just a series of puzzles. That would have been okay, as I like puzzles; however, the puzzles are impossible to solve without knowing obscure facts about Scotland. The listener is forced to sit in the back seat and watch the detectives fumble around.

    Moreover, the author is rather ignorant about the internet (even the 2001 internet). This doesn't stop him from presenting erroneous (even for 2001) lectures on technical jargon.

    The author's ignorance is passed on to the detectives who make all sorts of other bad decisions. At least one character has the decision making abilities of a B horror flick.

    Having said that, I was able to finish the book, but it feels terribly dated in 2009.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Browns Summit, NC, USA 04-11-09
    Nancy Browns Summit, NC, USA 04-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A Real Snore"

    The accent of the reader was very difficult to understand. Had to give up.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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