In a House of Lies

Narrated by: James Macpherson
Series: Inspector Rebus, Book 22
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus' past in this "must-read" (Tana French) mystery.

Rebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing more than a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold-case murder investigation. Rebus' old friend Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover. 

Rebus remembers the original case - a shady land deal - all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover-up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold-case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past. 

A gripping story of corruption and consequences, this new novel demonstrates that Rankin and Rebus are still at the top of their game.

©2018 Ian Rankin (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is absolutely wonderful. Clever, gripping, a fabulous read." (Kate Mosse)

"In a House of Lies shows how investigations of historic crimes are currently shaping our world and who the casualties are. Thrillingly told, with the best cast in contemporary crime, Rankin is one of the most significant social commentators of our time. Just read the book. It says it better than I can." (Denise Mina)

"Loved In a House Of Lies. How does Rebus keep on getting better and better? Ian Rankin is a genius." (Lee Child)

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Old hand but never misses a beat

The plots are intricate and Edinburgh alive for the reader but it is the carefully drawn characters who win the day.

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Typical Rebus!

It has been a long time since I've read an Ian Rankin novel. John Rebus is is retired and no longer a detective inspector but that does not keep him from inserting himself into this murder case from years earlier. British actor James Macpherson does a nice job of narration.

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Just couldn't get into it.

The challenging cop to cop dialogue obscured by the Scottish dialect was too much to plow through. Although a Scott myself and growing up in a household of Scottish immigrant grand parents the listening experience was not at all charming as I had anticipated.

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Can't Stop Listening Noir-ish Rankin At His Best

We find out in this dark, humorous tangle of puzzles that Rebus may have retired from Scotland Police, but he hasn't quit the beat. Nor have his powers and toughness deserted him. Ian Rankin gives us intertwined story lines, driven by long stewing personal grudges, epic professional rivalries, and of-the-moment social pressures.Favorite characters from the series (both the good and the up to no good) play pivotal roles as justice is served...or is it? Rankin lets each reader/listener make that judgment. The narrator is superb. He does an astonishing job of conjuring up the ages, regional accents, socio-economic status, and genders of the characters.

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This series has run out of gas

Tired, cliched, and really stretches credibility. I mean, seriously, Clarke, Fox and Rebus constantly ending up on the same cases? And Cafferty - omg, someone needs to put him down. Plus the narrator is mediocre at best - he's not a voice artist, he has about 3 voices in his range. I think after twenty-odd novels, Rebus and I are going to go our separate ways. Sad but this series heyday is well and truly over.

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Complicated

Not the best Rebus novel ever, but very good. It involves two old cases, with the crimes all in the past. That makes for a somewhat less exciting story than we are used to from Rankin. Still, it’s very enjoyable and I never want to see the series end!

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I have chosen Ian Rankin titles
in the past. This one disappointed me. It is very good,
well written It is a plumey study of police officers involved in a cold case- then and now - with politics, jockeying, crime boss pals and some new
clues. I lost interest in all the talking, my problem because I wanted current sleuthing only. I did listen all the way through and it did get better and toward the end was very satisfying. if you like Ian Rankin's works, give it a try.

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Back up to standard

Not the best Rebus, but definitely worthwhile. Good plot, though a bit contrived -- strains credulity that Steele and Edwards ever made it out of uniform.