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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Sept. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877174
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #938,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bill Paterson reads vividly.'―Betty Tadman, THE SCOTSMAN

'[part of a] fabulous array of spoken word material'―Vidar Hjardeng, THE BOOK MAGAZINE

'This is vintage Ian Rankin, and it is read perfectly by the brilliant Bill Paterson.'―CHOICE

'His superior ability in blending structure and language [even the rain in Edinburgh has a murderous "stiletto" quality], make Rankin a virtuoso of this dark and twisted genre.'―Natalie Bushe, THE GLASGOW HERALD --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University. A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Dec 11 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are two sides of Edinburgh, Scotland. There's the side that tourists see: the city of Grayfriar's Bobby, of the annual Summer Festival, of the quaint pubs and the scenic castle sitting on a hill called Arthur's Throne. Then there's the other side of Edinburgh, the domain of Detective Inspector John Rebus. This Edinburgh is one of boarded up housing tenements inhabited by the hopeless, a city of AIDS ridden junkies and prostitutes, of deals made in back alleys at midnight amid violence and sometimes death.
Inspector Rebus is sent to investigate what appears to be a junkie's death in an abandoned housing estate. The man's body is laid out spread-eagle with Satanic symbols and candles decorating the room. While the other cops are convinced it's just another all-too-familiar overdose victim, Rebus gets the inkling there is more to it than meets the eye. A young female witness is found and tells Rebus that the last words the dead man said were "Hide! Hide!". Assisted by his protegé, Rebus explores the dark side of Edinburgh, seeking justice for a young man too easily dismissed both in life and in death.
Ian Rankin is the best mystery writer I've ever read. The character of Inspector John Rebus is melancholy, brooding, cynical, funny, intelligent, a workaholic and a perfectionist. He's both addicted and repelled by his work. Being a copper has absorbed his entire life. Rankin's style has been described as "Tartan Noir" and the label is fitting. But to think this book and the series it's part of are dreary would be a mistake. Rankin takes the reader to the depths of dark grittiness, then surprises with bright flashes of humor. Watch for tongue in cheek touches, such as a detective named Holmes and a superior named Watson. Do yourself a good turn and read not only HIDE & SEEK, but the entire Inspector Rebus series.
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In Hide and Seek, the second book in the Inspector Rebus series, a young man is discovered dead from an apparent overdose in a shady part of Edinburgh. John Rebus takes on the case, but discovers troubling evidence that points to a murder: the body is found laid out cross-like between two candles, a five-pointed star has been drawn on the wall above, the body is covered in bruises, and an autopsy reveals that the drug used by the victim was laced with rat poison. At the same time, Rebus is enlisted by his boss, Detective Superintendent Watson, to participate in an anti-drug campaign. In this role, Rebus meets several successful businessmen who prove to be far from model citizens.

In Hide and Seek, Ian Rankin further develops the parallel with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. We are also introduced to recurring characters in the series: Brian Holmes, the Detective Sergeant who helps Rebus solve the case, and Detective Superintendent Watson, their boss. Rebus’ character is still deeply flawed, but he becomes more likable than in Knots & Crosses. Ian Rankin’s writing style has also evolved, and his dark humor is a welcome addition to the story.

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Rankin is really, really good. His plots are interesting enough in these Scottish police procedurals, but he weaves them through the lives of Inspector John Rebus and those close to him. Great character development, great details about Edinburgh, and the investigation is step by step, believable, timed just right. This is an early Rebus novel, so the language and style aren't as polished as later ones in the series. So what? Read them all. This is one of the best detective series going.
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