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Hide and Seek Paperback – 1998
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"Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today." - Michael Connelly "A superior series." - The New York Times Book Review "Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." - The Boston Globe "A novelist of great scope, depth, and power." - Jonathan Kellerman
Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. "Michael Connelly"
A superior series. "The New York Times Book Review"
Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong. "The Boston Globe"
A novelist of great scope, depth, and power. "Jonathan Kellerman""
Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. Michael Connelly
A superior series. The New York Times Book Review
Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong. The Boston Globe
A novelist of great scope, depth, and power. Jonathan Kellerman"
-Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today.- --Michael Connelly
-A superior series.- --The New York Times Book Review
-Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong.- --The Boston Globe
-A novelist of great scope, depth, and power.- --Jonathan Kellerman
"Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today." --Michael Connelly
"A superior series." --The New York Times Book Review
"Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." --The Boston Globe
"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power." --Jonathan Kellerman--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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“Hide and Seek” continues to develop Rebus’ character, which is integral to all the series. He has recently been promoted to Detective Inspector, and his sarcastic, cynical and distrustful nature indicates that he would not necessarily be fully admired by either his superiors or his colleagues. Indeed, DC Brian Holmes who is investigating this possible homicide under Rebus’ direction is so unsettled by his initial encounter with Rebus that he begins fantasizing about getting a plane ticket and leaving the UK. However, on the positive side Rebus does seem to be protective of women.
The other characters that are well developed as well as Holmes are the girlfriend, the dead man’s brother, a teenage male prostitute and a university student researching black magic.
For this early volume in the Rebus series, Rankin seems to concentrate on developing the character of the participants, but in my view sadly neglects the crimes underlying the death and the other victims. Not to go into detail as this would spoil the suspense, but there is a criminal conspiracy which simply does not seem credible or believable, hence the plot lacks interest.
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.
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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