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Well Rebus, you did not disappoint again. This book is a wild roller-coaster of a ride from start to finish. Just when you think you've seen everything that you think Rebus can try or do, he does this. And he does it while he is no longer carrying a police badge and with the Complaints department nipping at his heels. Rebus has retired and is now working in a cold case group with other retired officers. And because trouble, along with excitement, follows our Rebus around, he finds himself sitting on top of a cold case that has abruptly come to life. It's a 12-year old missing persons case that is brought forward by a grieving mother who is still searching for information on her missing daughter and she is positive that another young girl's recent disappearnce in the northern part of Scotland is just the last in a string of missing girls. Rebus can't wait to kick the cold case unit out of his system, and become part of a major CID operation again. So we're off and running with a very grizzled, wily and intelligent man at the helm again. Rebus does what he does best and that is good old-fashioned policing and he manages to find the link he needs to solve his old missing persons case as well as put him head to head against a very careful and clever killer, and all with the Complaints deparment "keeping a close watch", becuase, yes, we are finally seeing Malcolm Fox and John Rebus knocking heads. Has Rebus got anything to fear from wily Fox and his crew? He doesn't seem to think so and he continues to bulldoze his way through and to chase down new leads in the case he's working on. Tony Kaye (Malcolm Fox's right hand man) says it all when he telll his boss that "Rebus gets results the old way and he does that by getting close to some really nasty people." Rebus is not afraid of getting down and dirty with anyone if a solution to a crime is at hand. I love these books for their grittiness and for Rankin's remarkable skill at making his characters come to life. This book was even better because of the first-hand look we get of northenrn Scotland throught Rebus' eyes. It sounds like a very rugged and beautiful place. I would love to go there one day, and I hope that I will see Rebus somewhere sitting in his old, beat up Saab looking for the next great clue. He is real isn't he? I'll tell you, he sure seems real to me! ( )
  Romonko | Feb 9, 2017 |
This is not Detective Inspector Rebus, rogue cop, picking up where he left off; this is Mr John Rebus, civilian. There is life in the old dog yet…
The shift in the dynamic between Clarke and Rebus (Clarke is the boss now) is one of the most compelling aspects of the book and Rebus biting his tongue to let her lead takes some getting used to.
Less convincing is the shoehorning of Rankin’s other bestselling cop character, anti-corruption officer Malcolm Fox from “The Complaints” and “The Impossible Dead”, into a sub-plot that sees him try to dig up dirt on Rebus to prevent his return to the force.
The plot is brilliant, it is a labyrinth of twists and turns providing endless intrigue, a roller coaster ride till the end.
Overall a good book that opens the door to another Rebus novel. Keep your fingers crossed…

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  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Fox and Rebus meet! Well. apparently they met years ago and Rebus was a bit rude to Malcolm, who is still in complaints and investigating old history.
Rebus is in cold cases as a civilian, having retired from the force, which he seemingly regrets as he spends all his time trying to get close to a "real live" case. His methods are distinctly not by the book, and this seems to be played up more than in previous books, or maybe it's just the juxtaposition of the two lead characters. Rebus is slipping more into caricature as other people take centre stage. The storyline here spent a long time going back and forth along the A9; and I am not at all sure why the killer took pictures of the location of the graves.
A fast paced read, a bit heavy handed in places (why make Rebus dodgier by setting up links with the next generation of Mr Big criminals?), fun overall to get an update in the series. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Rebus is back and Ian Rankin has kept up the standard. The story zips along well and all the relationships are well developed with the added bonus of the evocative Scottish locations. ( )
  stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
I've often enjoyed Inspector Rebus books...he's now retired and working with a cold case unit as a civilian. He misses his official status though and manages to get himself attached to a case that may be related to his cold case. The story was good but frankly, Rebus himself is his own worst enemy and I'm tired of him. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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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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