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Publisher's Summary

Rebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: If Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken but in what was left behind at the scene - an ominous note.

Malcolm Fox is feeling useless. Shunned by his colleagues because of his past in the Complaints bureau, he's been reassigned to a grunt detail, helping a surveillance team - one that trusts him even less than his own boss does - track a notorious Glasgow crime family. Helping Clarke with the Minton case is the only thing that makes Fox feel like a real cop.

Newly minted civilian John Rebus is feeling restless. Being a cop is in his blood, and he's failing miserably at retirement. So when Clarke and Fox ask for his help, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. But before he can get his bearings, a call comes from Rebus' old nemesis - "Big Ger" Cafferty. Someone just fired a bullet through his front window - and sent him a note identical to Minton's. The normally unflappable old gangster is on edge, but for the life of him Cafferty can't figure out who he's wronged. And the only man he trusts with his life is Rebus.

As the cases collide, it's up to Clarke, Fox, and Rebus to connect the dots and save their unlikely ally, Cafferty, whose past harbors a shocking secret that implicates Minton's friends in an unspeakable crime. Even Dogs in the Wild reunites crime fiction legend Ian Rankin's greatest characters in an explosive story exploring the darkest corners of our desires.

©2016 Ian Rankin (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Retired Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus is back in the detecting game, and, thanks to narrator James Macpherson, he sounds as brilliant and curmudgeonly as ever.... [Macpherson] has a way with pacing as well; conversations move with realistic rhythm, barroom sections have the temper of single-malt whiskey, and action sequences are rat-a-tat-tat." ( AudioFile)

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  • Mark
  • MENDON, NY, United States
  • 01-26-16

The Scottish accent is as much fun as the story!

The best thing about Rebus novels is the dialog, with its Scottish humor. The narrator's Scottish accent and lilt makes the dialog twice as good. Although it is true that for a Yank like me it was harder to understand what was being said and I had to pay closer attention, it was easily worth it.

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Ian rankin

Ian Rankin can really write, and I love John Rebus. I'm so glad he's back in the game. The reader was perfect.

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  • Rena
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • 02-09-16

Ian Rankin does it again

Would you listen to Even Dogs in the Wild again? Why?

Unlike too many other icons of the mystery genre, Ian Rankin has evolved and updated this wonderful series with new, beautifully developed characters, partnered with Rebus, that old stalwart. If you have never tried him, this is the one for you.

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Rankin masterpiece

Another masterpiece by Rankin - my only disappointment - not another one ready to go! When will Rebus be in action again?

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Listen on 75% speed

I had to listen on 75% speed to be able to understand the accent. It work well and I was able to understand the content.

The story was a little slow, not withstanding the slower listening speed. Not as much action as the other Rebus books, but enjoyable.

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  • Susie
  • Dixie GA
  • 09-20-17

Loved it!

Kept me going to the end. Usually I can guess where the author is going with a story, not this one. Whether the first or the last read this author!!!

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No one like Rebus!

I have yet to encounter a Rebus story I didn't like. Rankin's Rebus is one of the great fictional detectives of all time.

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Am I the only person to not like this stinker of a

Is there anything you would change about this book?

First, I'd kill the narrator. No...really. A fine Scots brogue is one thing but this was incomprehensible gibberish, in most parts. It was also uneven and just plain odd. Also, I'd introduce characters properly, if this was my book. Between the horrible Scots accent and the dozens of names and nicknames, it's really difficult to figure out who is , uhh, whom.

Would you recommend Even Dogs in the Wild to your friends? Why or why not?

Nope, not unless I wanted them to quit being my friend.

What didn’t you like about James Macpherson’s performance?

I think I covered that above. I couldn't understand him. And there were times that his voice boomed so loud it made me jump. Unnecessarily, I'l like to add.

Could you see Even Dogs in the Wild being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NOOOOOOoooooooo!

Any additional comments?

I had read other reviews. I kept listening in hopes I'd find the sweet spot and actually like this book. Sadly, it didn't happen.

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another incredible journey!

the story did not disappoint (naturally!)
I found the narration to be perfect! I always get very excited when a new Rankin novel is out, and to be able to listen to it with a true Scottish accent is a great pleasure to me.

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  • YY
  • 04-30-16

Rankin is king

Love the blending of these two series, the trio really works and I hope upon hope that Rankin continues with another.