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Publisher's Summary

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

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Another great Rebus book

Would you listen to Standing in Another Man's Grave again? Why?

Maybe someday when I go back through the Rebus series. It has been great.

Any additional comments?

Great series from a great author. I love to hear of all the places in Scotland and having the narrator be Scottish is a bonus. Love to hear the book with a Scottish accent.

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  • Robert
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • 02-07-13

The persistent Rebus

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As usual John Rebus plugs along trying to understand what really happened to a group of missing girls. Rebus is an old school in the extreme. He is crusty and has no patience for rules. He sees his job clearly - get the guilty punished. In this chapter in the ongoing Rebus saga, Rankin takes Rebus to more rural locations.<br/><br/>The narrator is excellent, although Americans will have to adapt to the strong Scottish accent.

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

Rankin is not an edge of your seat writer. On the other hand, I did not want to stop listening.

What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Scottish pronunciations

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Missing women, not forgotten

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  • Paul
  • Haverhill, MA, United States
  • 03-12-13

Scotish accents Oboy!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

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

No. Interferance due to not understanding character dialogue disrupted the plot flow

What three words best describe James Macpherson’s performance?

Good, if you are Scotish.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

That's it.

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  • Barbara
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-11-14

Not on the edge of my seat

I must have missed something along the way because I could not get caught up in this story. Yes, the Scottish accent was a challenge, especially at first, but once I got used to it I still could not care about what happened next in the story. This was my first Ian Rankin book and, because of the positive reviews, I expected a lot more in the way of plot, characters and use of language. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Adrian McKinty's books, every single one of which I've listened to (except the YA ones), and Rankin just doesn't compare.

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Clever, good lead character.

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It's a bit confusing at points - hard to tell all of those names apart and I found myself rewinding a lot. The reader is fine and the plot engaging, although not as emotionally engaging as I would have liked. I love the wit, intelligence and rebellion of the main character though, and it was enough to keep me interested all the way through. I might try another in this series sometime. More of a Denise Mina fan, but this was pretty good.

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Maybe it is just me, not particularly compelling

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Pretty good police procedural. But it did not seem compelling to me. I am having trouble remembering the other Rebus books, but my recollection is they were more compelling, and that the Rebus character resonated with me a lot more. He did not seem very complex this time. Just drank and smoked a lot. Narrator had an authentic Scottish accent to my ear. Which means in part, he was relatively hard to understand. The Scandanavian thrillers are blowing things like this book away, it seems to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Rankin? Why or why not?

I have read other of the Rebus books. I think I basically like them.

What aspect of James Macpherson’s performance would you have changed?

I would just as soon books be read in a regular American English accent. I had to concentrate to understand the narrator, just as I have to do in Scotland!

Did Standing in Another Man's Grave inspire you to do anything?

Not that I recall.

Any additional comments?

No additional comments. I will probably listen to other Rebus books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • judith
  • clemson, SC, United States
  • 03-19-13

It was grave, for sure.

Mysteries don't have to include comic relief, and in this book, it was a good thing they don't.

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  • Kay
  • FRANKLINTON, LA, United States
  • 02-20-13

Wisdom comes with age

If you could sum up Standing in Another Man's Grave in three words, what would they be?

everything is connected

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

pretty much, always wondering if "complaints" were going to give the detective a problem<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

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

no

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

detective's connection with his daughter at the end

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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ugh

What would have made Standing in Another Man's Grave better?

someone else reading it. Can not listen to the accent!

What do you think your next listen will be?

some one that speaks better english

How could the performance have been better?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

i would not get another one of these books if the guy reading is in the dialect he speaks.<br/>horrid

2 of 9 people found this review helpful