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Standing in Another Man's Grave (edition 2013)

by Ian Rankin (Author), James Macpherson (Narrator), Hachette Audio (Publisher)

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Member:GeoffHabiger
Title:Standing in Another Man's Grave
Authors:Ian Rankin (Author)
Other authors:James Macpherson (Narrator), Hachette Audio (Publisher)
Info:Hachette Audio (2013)
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Rating:****
Tags:mystery, thriller, crime, police procedural, Scotland

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin

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Inspector Rebus returns in this compelling story from Ian Rankin. When Rankin had Rebus retire at the end of Exit Music, it was bittersweet as Rebus is a character that was fun to read and follow. At the same time, I respected Rankin's decision to have him retire. With Standing in Another Man's Grave, Rankin does a wonderful job of bringing Rebus back, of not just putting him back on the job, but having a real and plausible reason for why the old inspector would be doing what he's doing - working cold cases. But since this is Rebus, the latest cold case gives him a chance to once again help out on a current inquiry, and once Rebus is latched onto the new case, he doesn't let go. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Jun 13, 2018 |
Enjoyed it. Rebus is a lot cleverer than me so I missed the key points but still enjoyed it. Tailed off a bit towards the end as it needed a lot of wrapping up. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
When you have an old horse, keep beating him. That's the key here.
Inspector Rebus has retired but still a pain in the keister, and he won't let go of investigating.
I am waiting for the Ghost of Rebus to return to solve crimes in the next installment.

The formula is the same for Rankin: couple of crimes, a gangster (or two or three in this case), a few friendly cop faces, a couple of hundred cigarettes, liquor and beer, 70's 80's rock, a thousand leads and an army of officers, a preening boss who is incompetent or worse, investigations into Rebus's connections, Rebus getting thrown off the case but so what, and a solution that drops from the sky in the last few chapters. Is this what police work is really like? I guess it helps to keep focus when there are only 5 or 6 murders a year in Scotland. Lots of fistfights and knifings, though.

I enjoyed the book, just not as much as some earlier ones. I'm an old pain in the keister too, so I couldn't be too nice to the book and 5-star it, could I? ( )
  kerns222 | May 25, 2018 |
3.5 stars. Rebus with Fox in the background. A good return to action for Rebus. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Synopsis: Rebus is spending his time working for the cold case squad. A woman comes to the squad looking for someone to find her daughter who disappeared several years previously. The new information is that several young women have disappeared along the same stretch of road. Rebus and Clark take on the job of trying to solve all of these abductions, together.
Review: As usual, this is well written, with Rebus getting himself in trouble - sometimes it's not his fault. It appears that Rebus has not quit being a policeman, although he's a bit gentler about it than previously. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 6, 2018 |
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Two Scottish detectives investigate the disappearance of a hitchhiking teenage girl, their only clue a photo sent from the missing girl's cell phone.

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