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Hide And Seek (original 1991; edition 2005)

by Ian Rankin

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Title:Hide And Seek
Authors:Ian Rankin
Info:Orion (2005), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:Crime, Inspector Rebus, TBR

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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.

To read the full review, please go to my blog (Cecile Sune - Book Obsessed). ( )
  cecile.sune | Apr 3, 2014 |
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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
Marginally better than the first book of the series, the author seems to still be attempting to define Rebus, and currently using most of the usual tropes to do so.

The mystery was all over the place, with Rebus chasing shadows rather than bothering to think things through.

Character development is minimal. ( )
  majkia | Nov 30, 2013 |
Hide and Seek is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. This is the second book in the series and a lot seems to have happened between the two books. Rebus' position is more senior now than in the first book.

He seems to have got his new rank after a high profile case which involved sending his own brother away for drug-dealing. He's long since divorced and the female DI with whom he most recently had a relationship has dumped him for a big-name radio disk jockey. He lives by himself, sleeping many of his nights in a chair fully clothed, his living room has books and LPs stacked all over the place, and he's trying to ration his cigarettes and cut down on the booze, but not succeeding very well. While he's not an especially likeable person, he has the combined instincts of a bulldog and a terrier when it comes to investigation. Rebus is a copper through and through. Like many fictional policemen, he's hard-boiled and hard-drinking. But he also reads, he likes art, he listens to jazz. He's unusual.

And when the dead body of a young drug addict is found in a filthy squat - possibly the victim of a satanic killing - you can be sure that Edinburgh's most complicated and iconoclastic copper won't be restricting himself to playing by the rules to solve the mystery. ( )
  Jawin | Aug 17, 2013 |
One of those blooming books that I don't have much to say about. This book was like a page torn out of a recipe book about how to make a sizzle with no steak. I could have rated it a 2 or 3, it felt like that to me. Shimmering, ethereal. I'm giving it a 1 because at one point(no pun) I really thought about scrapping this book. Also, the ending is gripping but the characters are too ghostly to flesh out. I can't explain it better. ( )
  Jiraiya | Aug 4, 2013 |
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"My devil had long been caged, he came out roaring."--The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh. But in a shadowy, crumbling housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. John Rebus could call the death and accident--but won't. Instead, he tracks down a violent-tempered young woman who knew the dead boy and heard him cry out his terrifyng last words: "Hide! Hide!" Now, with the help of a bright, conflicted young detective, Rebus is following the girl through a brutal world of bad deals, bad dope and bad company. From a beautiful city's darkest side to the private sanctums of the upper crust, Rebus is seeking the perfect hiding place for a killer.

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A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict, until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to the tourists.… (more)

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