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Standing in Another Man's Grave

by Ian Rankin

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin

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I make no bones about it, Ian Rankin is one of my two favourite authors (the other is James Lee Burke) and Rebus is my favourite character. I not Scots, and I have never been a copper, but otherwise I feel we are kindred spirits; particularly in terms of grumpiness, beer, malt whiskey and, especially music. I can safely say I own all of the music referred to in this book.
So, obviously I am pleased Rebus is back and not just for this book! This is not the best Rebus book but it is up there in terms of quality. Writing, plotting and characterisation are all excellent.
It is a pet moan of mine, as a grumbly old man, that genre writers are not afforded the respect they deserve. Why isn't Rankin ever nominated for a non genre prize? The pretentious pomposity of the literatii is my guess. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
I picked this up used, not realizing it was part of a series. My favorite part of the book was the character of Rebus, an endearing curmudgeon. I didn't find the mystery terribly interesting. I probably won't be enticed to read any others in the series. ( )
  jamaicanmecrazy | Jun 13, 2015 |
Liefhebbers van reeksen rond een zelfde inspecteur komen bij Ian Rankin zeker aan hun trekken. Voor zijn Rebus-romans staat de teller al op 18.
Nu John Rebus op pensioen is, is hij nog meer dan vroeger een loner, iemand die zijn eigen gang gaat en het niet altijd even nauw neemt met de politieregeltjes. Zijn eigenzinnige politiemethode werpt meestal vruchten op en met Rebus in de buurt wordt de job nooit saai.
In Cold Case ziet Rebus een verband tussen een recente verdwijning en nooit opgeloste gevallen uit het verleden. Spannend en grappig tegelijkertijd. 't Was alweer een tijdje geleden, maar een goede Rebus gaat er bij mij altijd in.
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  chrisgalle | Mar 5, 2015 |
I enjoyed this latest addition to the Rebus canon but I found it somewhat disturbing. Rebus takes the law into his own hands and goes to the very edge of acceptability in his justifiable pursuit of justice. Rankin seems to be suggesting that the police force in Scotland can’t be trusted to get it right and that therefore an outsider like Rebus has to help them out.

I agree with other reviewers that this is much a study in character as it is a procedural. Rebus has become a civilian attached to the cold case unit but clearly he doesn’t accept this role and tries to edge his way back in. In fact he dithers between trying to return to a traditional role as police detective and being effectively a PI conducting his own investigation and tipping the balance in favour of justice. In the process, he corrupts Siobhan Clarke.

This is not an original plot idea. Poirot did the same thing in his final case – in fact Poirot acted as executioner when he realised that the criminal would never be brought to justice. At least Rebus stopped short of that!

But if Malcolm Fox doesn’t catch up with him, where the hell else can Rebus go now? ( )
  DavidKilner | Apr 7, 2014 |
John Rebus comes out of retirement to work on the cold case unit. He works as a civilian with no police authority. He doesn't like his superior and maintains his reputation as a loner and not a team player.

A woman comes to his office and asks for his help in finding her daughter who has been missing for twelve years. Her daughter was age eighteen when she disappeared. Rebus promises to look into it but doesn't have much hope.

He gets the files out of this girl and other missing girls of the time frame. He discovers enough similarities that he thinks a serial killer might be at work. He brings his findings to an old friend, Siobhan Clark who is now a deputy inspector.

In a side story there is an officer in internal affairs who is after Rebus. He doesn't like Rebus and thinks that since he has a gangster for a friend, he might be passing information to him. In fact, Rebus saved the man's life and the man, Cafferty, likes to stop by Rebus's flat and go for drinks with him.

Rebus goes to northern Scotland and learns more about the missing girls. Soon, he has a suspect but has difficulty getting enough information on the suspect.

The most engaging part of the novel is Rebus's smooth narrative when speaking to other law enforcement personnel or with suspects. It also shows his ability to get other people to help him with his investigation.

As a story of a serial killer, the story is engrossing. There are some surprises and roadblocks placed in Rebus's path but he overcomes them. His development as a character is well done and we see him as an older man who enjoys drinking, cigarettes and has a poor diet. He is also thinking about re-applying to get back on the job. ( )
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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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