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
I was so excited when I saw that Ian Rankin was resurrecting John Rebus. This one was as good as the previous series which were uniformly excellent. I love the descriptions of Scotland and it's people, the story itself, and the narration was excellent.
Its hard to andwer this question when the book is a mystery. I know the ending!!i
The charscters were very believable.
I want to read more of this author
Rebus is back and in rare form. The story is classic Ian Rankin and the narration by James Macpherson added greatly to my overall enjoyment of the book. Fans of the series won't be disappointed
Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....
I'm so glad that Ian Rankin brought Rebus back. What's not to love about John Rebus? Yes he's flawed but aren't we all? But he at least tries. Tries to quit smoking, tries to quit drinking and tries to get along with the pencil pushers. I only wish more of his colleagues appreciated his take no prisoners approach to solving crimes. Although, in this case it's an old crime...
I like a lot of the European authors, if you do, check out Jo Nesbo's "Harry Hole" series
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.
No. Interferance due to not understanding character dialogue disrupted the plot flow
Good, if you are Scotish.
Good characters, believable plot, solid writing. Narration good. Really like the novel.
Ian Rankin is always worth reading.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
This is my first Ian Rankin audio book,and it was a fun listen. How have I missed Rankin for this long. I love a good mystery with great characters and setting. This fits the requirement perfectly. The trips through upper Scotland were as interesting as the mystery. I even did some internet searches of the places that were described so well. I also enjoy hearing the correct pronunciation of beautiful Gaelic words and places.
If I was a missing girl, I would want Detective John Rebus looking for me. He kept the momentum going even when other detectives wanted him out of the picture. He is an old-school detective with the Complaints Dept. following his every move. Ian Rankin must have a great sense of humor as I found that Rebus has some funny quips and comebacks throughout the book. The story is a straight mystery and not a thriller. The mystery was very interesting, but in the end, I felt the clues were not there to allow someone to figure it out themselves. With that said, I still loved the story and look forward to many Ian Rankin / John Rebus books in my future.
The narrator, James McPherson, has a beautiful sounding Scottish brogue. However, sometimes I had problems understanding the narration and had to listen to several chapters a second time. It was still enjoyable though.
Overall, listening to this audio book was a great experience.
Sure he is older but his instincts and worldview are unchanged. Rankin has a winner here and I hope he keeps it up.
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.
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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