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  • Rather Be the Devil | Ian Rankin

    Rather Be the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: He can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left, and up until now it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him. But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel - on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage were also staying there - the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance.

    Midwesterner says: "New Rebus release was a nice surprise!"
  • Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1 | Ian Rankin

    Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

    Steve Mac says: "I've Read Mixed Reviews and Can Marry Them"
  • Set in Darkness | Ian Rankin

    Set in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For the first time in 300 years, Scotland has its own Parliament, and to go with it, its own newly developed Parliament buildings. Detective Inspector John Rebus views the whole thing through a rather jaundiced eye, given that he's been chosen to liaise with the restructuring of the whole building.

    Maura says: "solid Rebus novel"
  • Mortal Causes: Inspector Rebus, Book 6 | Ian Rankin

    Mortal Causes: Inspector Rebus, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heart of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams would never be heard. To find the victim's identity - and his killer - Rebus searches from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, Northern Ireland, among petty thugs, gunrunners, and heavyweight criminals. But before Rebus can get to the truth, he's bloodied by the dream of society's madmen - and staring into the glint of a killer's eyes.

    J. Ellis says: "Loved this one"
  • Black and Blue: Inspector Rebus, Book 8 | Ian Rankin

    Black and Blue: Inspector Rebus, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A murdered oil rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed, “Johnny Bible.” And a reopened investigation that doesn’t bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus’s Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he’s got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job - or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.

    Gregory says: "Excellent story but the narration poor."
  • Even Dogs in the Wild | Ian Rankin

    Even Dogs in the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    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.

    Mark says: "The Scottish accent is as much fun as the story!"
  • The Hanging Garden | Ian Rankin

    The Hanging Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
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    DI Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford goes back to Paisley and pronto.

  • The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 5 | Ian Rankin

    The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh’s seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body - with a bullet in its head - is found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, he’ll have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets in order to arrive at the truth.

    connie says: "Rebus really gels here"
  • Strip Jack | Ian Rankin

    Strip Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    Gold Dagger-winner and best-selling author in the United Kingdom, Ian Rankin crafts absorbing crime novels with solidly drawn characters and first-rate plotting. In Strip Jack, he portrays a shocking murder investigation that exposes the sordid side of Edinburgh politics and society. Detective John Rebus suspects a set-up when a respected Member of Parliament is caught in a police raid on a brothel—and his flamboyant wife suddenly disappears.

    connie says: "Rebus regains early promise"
  • Hide and Seek: Inspector Rebus, Book 2 | Ian Rankin

    Hide and Seek: Inspector Rebus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    connie says: "for Rebus diehards only"
  • Exit Music | Ian Rankin

    Exit Music

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
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    It's late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus' investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.

    Junkyard Dog says: "Macpherson reads even better than Rankin writes"
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus, Book 19 | Ian Rankin

    Saints of the Shadow Bible: Inspector Rebus, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

    Stevon says: "an old friend"
  • Black and Blue: Inspector Rebus, Book 8 | Ian Rankin

    Black and Blue: Inspector Rebus, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
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    (21)
    Story
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    Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

    Cynthia says: "Many characters. Complex plot."
  • The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories | Ian Rankin

    The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Brilliant, irascible, and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. The Beat Goes On collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before-published tales written specifically for this collection.

    Charles H. Perry Jr. says: "Great collection of short stories"
  • The Complaints | Ian Rankin

    The Complaints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
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    Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's a department known within the force as "The Dark Side," and it's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There's a cop named Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks....

    L. O. Pardue says: "No Complaints!!"
  • A Question of Blood | Ian Rankin

    A Question of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
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    A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two 17-year olds killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, 'there's no mystery'... exceptthe why. This question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, andfinds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare - ranging from civic leaders to the local Goths - leaving behind a legacy of secrets and lies.

    connie says: "detective fiction doesn't get much better"
  • Watchman | Ian Rankin

    Watchman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Miles Flint is a spy who has been making some serious mistakes. His last assignment led to the death of a foreign official in London, and after getting too close to his current subject he wound up in police custody. But something is wrong at the agency that has nothing to do with Miles' errors. Why did his last suspect know more about Miles' assignment than Miles did? Why have so many operatives recently resigned?

    carl801 says: "Things fall apart...."
  • Rather Be the Devil: Inspector Rebus 21 | Ian Rankin

    Rather Be the Devil: Inspector Rebus 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
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    Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs.

    George Fogden says: "Mr Rankin at his best"
  • A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel | Ian Rankin

    A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
    (120)
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    (106)
    Story
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    When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Inspector John Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye.

    J. Ellis says: "A lot more about Siobhan and Rebus relationship"
  • Tooth and Nail | Ian Rankin

    Tooth and Nail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    John Rebus is on a train from Edinburgh to London, where he has been drafted for his expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers. The Wolfman could be his toughest case yet - a serial killer named by the press due to a terrifying trademark of taking a bite from each victim. Rebus' Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't too happy at yet another interference in the investigation - especially from an upstart jock hounding him at every turn.

    John says: "Enjoyable Listen"
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