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When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspector John Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body, and a long forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together the most complex and confusing of jigsaws. But not everyone wants the puzzle solved - perhaps not even Rebus himself.

©2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited (P)2008 Ian Rankin

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Rebus is back and hes in great form

Its great to have Rebus back and this is a book and a performance worthy of him. A good story and and a good performance

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  • Rune
  • Esbjerg, Denmark
  • 01-27-12

Good book, poor reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Book to be better than the print version?

I think it is a great book,and I like Ian Rankin very much. Bit the narrator has a very clear accent, so if you a not scottish, it can be hard to understand the narration at times.

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  • Charlie T.
  • 12-06-17

Not his best

Not the best Rebus. Long and complicated story with too many coincidences. But an enjoyable listen thanks to excellent narrator.

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  • liz
  • 06-14-16

Well worth a listen

As always excellent, really enjoy the Rebus books. Well read and great to run to! Can get lost in the story whilst the miles go by!

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  • Traintraveller
  • 06-05-17

Classic Rebus

A great listen. This book has all my favourite characters: Big Ger, Farmer Watson, Holmes and Clarke. McPherson as always great with the interpretation. If you known Edinburgh then you'll be looking out for all the haunts.

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  • Mr StuartC67
  • 01-30-17

Wonderful book.

I'm a big fan of Rebus. Loved this story, well told perfect for a cold winters day.

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  • I. Finlayson
  • 12-06-16

Another great Rebus book

Loved it. Great characters, plot and dialogue. James MacPherson brings Rebus, Clarke, Cafferty, Flower and Watson alive.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 09-06-14

Not a bad read

I found the book OK to listen to, not one of the more gripping I have read. Narration was fine.

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  • James
  • 12-01-13

Good Story - shame about some pronounication

If you could sum up The Black Book in three words, what would they be?

Gritty Determined Shady

What other book might you compare The Black Book to, and why?

Most Rebus novels are similar as Rebus's character is somewhat DARK. Despite his dark side Rebus always seems to be on the side of the angels. Rankin makes us feel that we are on Rebus's side.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Rebus's visit to the Organ Grinder always makes me smile. Nothing about the scene is what one might expect.

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

The description of the blind man moving around his home.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

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