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In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won’t. Now he’s got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.

©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A superior series." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." (The Boston Globe)

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 04-04-15

for Rebus diehards only

I recently re-listened to the Rebus series in order since they are all available to me now. Most stood up - or played even better taken chronologically. In this one, however, Rebus is still an Adam Dalgliesh wanna-be, drinking Chablis, reading and listening to the classics, friendship-hugging vulnerable women. And Rankin is still learning how to write. That said, it's still a decent mystery, just not what we'd expect from Rebus or Rankin a little later in their careers. The biggest value was seeing Holmes and Rebus at the start of their relationship.

I really dislike Page as a Rebus narrator - but that's a more personal choice.

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Who wants to read about Rebus as a bully?

In this book Rebus is a bully and a selfish cad who blows relationships with women through crude and obtuse behavior.

Great pace and tension though and terrific ending.

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Hide and Seek.,

I really like the dry Scottish Humor in the Ian Rankin Inspector Reubus series. I had listened to about half of the series and decided to listen to them again, in order, which really helps, to keep you from those "what the heck moments "

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Edinburgh Spoken Here

I was mostly into (the audible version) for the spoken dialects to compare with the first season of the BBC version (another "Thank Gawd for Subtitles" show). i'm impressed. i started with "Knots and Crosses" and i'm looking forward to "Tooth and Mail".

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Great Book

Enjoyed very much. Love how Rebus is not "perfect." Off to listen to the next one!

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another Inspector Rebus mystery

If you could sum up Hide and Seek in three words, what would they be?

This is another Inspector Rebus mystery; this time he is busy investigating an apparent drug overdose.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, it was a bit too convoluted.

Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He does a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not especially.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this, but it wasn't one of my favorite Inspector Rebus stories.