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Publisher's Summary

"He’s gone...."

When his daughter, Samantha, calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.

Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn’t the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find....

A thrilling new Rebus novel about crime, punishment, and redemption, from the Edgar Award-winning "genius" of the genre (Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series).

©2020 John Rebus Ltd. (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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Great New Rebus

Rankin delivers a brand new, top notch Rebus. Everything I love about Rebus: attitude, annoying villains, tight plot, wide open landscapes, and tough, evocative writing. Nice father-daughter plot symmetry too - something different. My only complaint is, as a US listener, I had trouble with some of the accents. That stopped me cold several times for a rewind. Granted, the narrator should receive an award for best audio interpretation of a German-Polish-Scots accent for a male character over 90 years old, should such an award exist. Thank you, Mr Rankin, and please keep on writing.

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One of the best Rebus stories

Didn’t want ‘A Song for the Dark Times’ to end as I fear we might not get much more in the way of John Rebus novels! But what a sweet post-retirement tale of love, loss, and family reconciliation. If you’ve followed these stories for any length of time, this one is a must but would recommend you start earlier on in the series (as long as James Macpherson is the narrator).

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Another great rebus

I find myself wondering whether to give it 4 or 5 stars--4.5 on all counts if I were fair. Anyway, it's Rebus in retirement and still going hard, Siovan (forgive spelling) at work and going hard too. Good crimes, both.

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Really enjoyable read

Such a great storyteller! Ian Rankin includes all the details to paint you right into the action!

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Classic Rebus

Classic Rebus story delivered by the narrator who knows him best. Ian Rankin is the master of the puzzle mystery.

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Best Rebus Yet!!

And that's saying a lot.

amazing how Rankin can continue ro pull rabbits out of his hat getting the long retired Rebus deeply involved in investigations. even taking a lead role. and it seems believable. Rebus was a great detective in his day but the way Rankin keeps him in the game is true genius.
Kudos!

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an old friend returns

I'm not sure why but I let several Rebus books lapse before returning to the series with this one. I've always liked the series, even visited the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh between books in the series. But, whatever, I'm back.

In this book Rebus is retired and getting old, he's even got COPD and has moved to the first floor of his building so he doesn't have to walk up steps anymore. Then he gets a call that his daughter's partner has gone missing and he's needed. Rebus gets involved in the case even though he's not a detective anymore. But once a detective always a detective it seems. And the setting goes to the northern tip of Scotland, who knew there was an actual town in Scotland named Tongue?

It's a good Rebus, a page turner for me. I'm going to have to check out those books I missed. Enjoy

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Scottish brogue really difficult to understand.

Ian Rankin and and his anti-hero John Rebus are some of my favorites, but it was really difficult to understand the performer. I love an appropriate accent, but this was just too hard to catch all the clues in such a great detective story.

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Ian Rankin is Back

Thought it was all over but Inspector Rebus is back. This series has the best reader, James McPherson, who is the master of the Scottish Dialect of Burrs.

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typical Rebus

John Rebus finds being retired has its drawbacks when his daughter is suspected of murder. It's up to him to help point the local constabulary in the right direction .

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