A student has gone missing in Edinburgh - completely out of character. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of extremely well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom or worse.
Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student's home village, and an Internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance and a curmudgeonly detective happier with long playing records than digital technology. In this powerful novel, Rankin brings together past, present and future in a terrifying duel of good - in the persons of DI Rebus and DC Siobhan Clarke - and evil.
©2001 John Rebus Ltd (P)2001 W. F. Howes Ltd
Rebus is a very real character. At times you like him, at others you hate him.
His accent isn't overpowering - it works well for all the characters.
"A good book poorly read"
I do like to hear the Rebus Books read by Tom Cotcher. However Samuel Gillies does Ian Rankin an injustice by reading this book. He sounds like he could well be reading a telephone directory. I found that it was a dissapointment to hear what could be a good story being so poorly read and I gave up listening to it after a few hours.
"The usual Rebus"
This took a long time for anything to happen really but it did get going about half way through. Not the best Rebus book but ok. Ideally the series should be read in order to appreciate all the characters and their progression through life.
"Great Rebus story, let down by the reader"
It took a while for me to get into this audiobook, mainly because the reader's accents aren't Edinburgh accents, and some of the characterisation is a bit flat. I found ‘The impossible dead’ read by Peter Forbes & ‘Beggars banquet’ read by James Macpherson far more enjoyable to listen to due to the strong characterisation by the readers, and their more authentic accents. However stick with it, and the story really builds, drawing you in. There is an intriguing plot, which has you guessing right to the end, and some fascinating insights into the main characters (Rebus and Clarke) and the other regular characters in the Rebus stories.
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