Detective John Rebus's city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood....
The Complaints: that's the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes, The Complaints must travel....
Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops....
A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. While Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke, tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster.
If you like Rebus, you'll like this book. As the first Rebus book I've heard, it took me a while to get into the story, but was well worth the patience. The characters are nicely flawed and interesting and the story is quite enthralling as well.
The narrator was solid with the accents, but some of the different voices I found a bit irritating, thankfully these were just sideline characters.
The last few hours I couldn't stop listening, quite suspenseful, although the impetus for the murders I found a bit stretched. Try Naming of the Dead as well.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I read my first Rebus mystery - The Black Book -quite by accident - just happened to pick it up in a Borders. As I was reading it I saw Rankin on a travel show so I got visual a flavor - as it were - of the Edinburgh of Rebus. The Falls is a wonderful listen. It is inticate and all the various lines in the story not only work, but make the story more plausible. Rebus is a Scot of Hamish Macbeth's ilk - only MUCH more sophisticated. Like Maura, I was so entralled in the last few hours that I literally couldn't put down my earphones. I highly recommend this book to fans of Rebus and those who might like to try a new and compelling character and author.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
The Falls starts off with a bang and goes on from there. Ian Rankin's Charactor needs no previous introduction, as this outing needs no prologue or charactor intros. It's fast paced and written as a stand alone or as part of a series. It does well either way.
From beginning to end, "The Falls" keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. Excellent read & narration. A great book for any library!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really liked this novel. The characters are really well drawn and vivid. Rebus in particular really grows on one, and seems like a real person with all of the faults of one. The setting of Scotland is great. I am not sure why I am not giving this 5 stars. I guess some of the plot seemed pretty contrived and some of the modern internet stuff seemed off. But it kept my attention. I guess I would say that Ian Rankin and Rebus are not quite up there with Michael Connelly and Andrew Vachss, and maybe they are a push with Lee Child (although very different) and maybe with Robert Crais, but they are really good dectective noir stuff.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this one as much as the other REbus novels I've read and I've enjoyed them all a lot. The crime story in each is interesting but what I really enjoy is the life story of DCI Rebus and those that intertwine his life; his colleagues, his friends, his antagonists and even teh crimianls. The Scottish setting also adds a bit of spice and makes me want to visit Scotland, Edinburgh, and even the Oxfor Bar. And, do you know what, I'm going to do it, I'll expect to see Ian Rankin at the Ox sitting at a table typing away with a beer and whiskey. At least I can hops so!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved it. I struggled to finish because of the new twist and turns, guessing who done it or wjo did what and which murder...great story.
Complicated plot but intriguing story lines come together nicely. Excellent narration, switching between British and Scottish accents. The technology seems a little dated even for 2001 when the novel was first published. However, Rankin captures well the addictive quality of the gaming culture. Also, this listener was in the U.S. not Scotland in 2001.
This was my first Rebus novel and it will probably be my last. While I recognize that having the book read by someone without a Scottish (I presume) accent might take away from the audio ambience of the novel, I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I didn't have to strain to understand what was said. I had to rewind segments at least 25 times during the listen to decipher what was said. And there were scores of other instances when I just said, "the heck with it." The story itself wasn't bad, although the author's fascination with police title abbreviations got old after a few hours. The characters were good and well developed. I usually like long books. For example, I was disappointed when, after 35 hours, Lonesome Dove was over. This book would have been more enjoyable in the abridged version. I'm preparing to listen to Phantom Prey by John Sandford. Narrator Richard Ferrone will be a welcome change after 16+ hours of Samuel Gillies
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
This book allegedly centers around on an online RPG; however, the author clearly has no idea what an RPG is. There's no roleplaying, just a series of puzzles. That would have been okay, as I like puzzles; however, the puzzles are impossible to solve without knowing obscure facts about Scotland. The listener is forced to sit in the back seat and watch the detectives fumble around.
Moreover, the author is rather ignorant about the internet (even the 2001 internet). This doesn't stop him from presenting erroneous (even for 2001) lectures on technical jargon.
The author's ignorance is passed on to the detectives who make all sorts of other bad decisions. At least one character has the decision making abilities of a B horror flick.
Having said that, I was able to finish the book, but it feels terribly dated in 2009.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
The accent of the reader was very difficult to understand. Had to give up.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful