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Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Rankin
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An impeccably crafted whodunit—SUNDAY TIMES

STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE is Rankin's most interesting book politically... Cheeringly, it seems clear from the final pages that there will be more Rebus books to chart the next stage in Scotland's story—GUARDIAN

Rebus has returned... and it's a treat to welcome him back—THE TIMES

Now we know retirement has not withered Rebus—DAILY TELEGRAPH

Ian Rankin's fiction is as reliable as it is successful, so this instalment will thrill his many fans—LITERARY REVIEW

Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime—SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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It's twenty-five years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and five years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium. The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Nov. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409144712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409144717
  • ASIN: B0087GZ8YW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Nov. 18 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I almost decided to forgo buying this book. I am a big fan of Rebus but my dislike for Malcolm Fox matched it. Thankfully and no thanks, to the impression given in the description, there is very very little of Fox's character in this book. What a great story and I can't express how happy I am that Rebus is back. If you are like me and are concerned that Fox would be interacting with Rebus throughout the book, I am here to tell you that he is not. Buy the book, black out any mention of Fox, and you will get a lot more than your moneys worth in quality writing. Thank you Rankin, I missed him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rebus to the Rescue June 11 2013
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Detective Inspector John Rebus has returned from a lengthy sabbatical, just in time to take up a baffling missing person's case in the misty hollows of the Scottish Highlands just outside of Inverness. Not everyone in CID is glad to see him back because they remember all to well that Rebus is his own boss and does not suffer fools gladly. While he takes on a cold case of a woman who has gone missing for years, his detective's nose takes in another ominous direction. While querying people about what they recall about this young woman's whereabouts, Rebus is about to discover that life can become dangerously complicated in a hurry, especially when one drives along the A9 into the mysterious haunts of an uninviting copse land in search of clues to the remains of the dead. I liked this novel because, once again, Rankin portrays his hero as someone who is not afraid to be offside when searching for the truth wherever it takes him. When reading Rankin, whether it be the first time or one of many times, be prepared for some very curious procedural innovations that show Rebus at his best when getting the bad guys to do his dirty work. His keen sense tells him that there has to be a reason why more and more women are going missing, and the answer probably lies within the local constabulary dating back a few years. Of course, he will have help but it is often the variety that only gets in the way of taking risks and getting results regardless of protocol. In the end, Rebus, as the canny old detective, wins out because he patiently and tirelessly lets the evidence take him where it must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Oct. 19 2013
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Book #18, in the Inspector Rebus series

After five years into retirement Rebus is back only to find himself in trouble, what else is new? We should have known better to think Rankin would have put his best protagonist to pasture. He is just too good a character to have done so.

Still his old self, drinking and smoking to excess, Rebus now in a civilian capacity works for the serious crime review looking into cold cases of long forgotten victims. He pairs up with his old protégée, Siobhan Clarke, and they embark on an investigation that will see them hopping all over Scotland even into the most remote of places. All along the way the author expertly spins a suspenseful tale one that could have been hard to put down if it wasn't for countless countryside description and poetically villages names and the constant moments when Rebus lights another cigarettes or opts for another drink.

As always Mr. Rankin is impressive at handling plot complication and adding twists to force his protagonist in taking unorthodox action, having a seditious behaviour and ignoring protocol. He is not a team player and never will and is well aware that he is out of step with the new way of working….but Rebus will rise up to the task and show us how to get the job done….he is in top shape to tackle anything…

I am glad Mr. Rankin resuscitated his grumpy old detective. This series was the author’s best and still is IMO.
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By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
John Rebus is back. But no longer as the maverick Detective Inspector Rebus, instead he John Rebus, civilian working with the soon to be disbanded Serious Crime Review Unit (SCRU). Some of his workmates are planning for retirement, while Rebus himself is planning on re-joining the police force.

The novel opens as Rebus is attending the funeral of a colleague. He's craving a cigarette (some things never change) and his boss is sending him text messages. Back at work, he takes a `phone call, and meets Nina Hazlitt. Nina's daughter Sally went missing from Aviemore on the A9, in 1999, and Nina believes that a number of other disappearances from other towns near the road are linked. Rebus listens: a current missing person case also has links to the same road.

Siobhan Clarke, Rebus's former protégée, is investigating the current missing person case, and the pair team up on an investigation that involves a lot of travel along the A9. Is there really a link between the cases, and will Rebus manage to solve the case before his superior officers finally lose their patience?

Inspector Malcolm Fox also has a part in this story: the `Complaints' is investigating Rebus, and especially his connections with `Big Ger' Cafferty:
`I know a cop gone bad when I see one. Rebus has spent so many years crossing the line he's managed to rub it out altogether.'

Rebus is an isolated character in this novel: partly because of the setting and partly because of his anarchic, maverick approach to investigating the case. Times are changing, and not always for the better.

`John Rebus should be extinct, Clarke. Somehow the Ice Age came and went and left him still swimming around while the rest of us evolved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, not Ian Rankin's best
Good read, not Ian Rankin's best, but a good set up for a cold case thriller. I saw the end coming about half way through the book, so that was disappointing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 3 months ago by Ian
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best novels. Our book club read it and gave ...
Not one of his best novels. Our book club read it and gave it a 5/6 out of 10.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Wellington
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the story line and was able to follow the geographic locations as John travelled about Scotland.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus is Back
Rebus is back, and Ian Rankin is at the top of his game. What more is there to say, except this is one you should not miss. Great characterization. Great plot. Great writing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shannon Moeser
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! Rebus is back!
Ian Rankin in top form as always. The narrative captured me in the first few pages and held me there! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Audrey Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN's GRAVE
I love Ian Rankin s writing, especially now that Rebus is back. You can follow him around Scotland as if you were there.
Published 14 months ago by Alyce Camp
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to read another Rebus mystery
Really enjoyed reading another Rebus mystery. The scene in this one is so wonderfully described you can smell the forest and sea air. The mystery itself was a little flat.
Published 16 months ago by Jason Neustaeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus is back
What else can one say? Rebus, Siobhan, Fox, Big Ger. Always waiting for the new Rankin the second I finish the latest.
Published 17 months ago by T. Czyczko
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus returns.
What a wonderful city is Edinburgh and great to visit it again with Rebus' company.

Everyone who has enjoyed the television adaptions should try this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ralph Mace
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