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The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Ian Rankin

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Title:The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel
Authors:Ian Rankin
Info:Minotaur Books (2001), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 416 pages
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A solid police procedural with John Rebus as the Inspector investigating a missing young woman involved in computer fantasy role-playing games and a miniature coffin as a clue. A sub-plot was John and his co-workers and their interactions at the Edinburgh Scotland police department. The story was low-key, no graphic violence and interesting but not exceptional. ( )
  gaylebutz | Dec 6, 2013 |
Great mystery. A missing persons case turns into more and ties back to crimes committed hundred of years in the past. Great foreshadowing, when I figured it out (near the end) it felt like I should have known it all along, but didn't of course. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
Inspector Rebus uncovers "dead" girls true murder; epic-ish

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  aletheia21 | Oct 13, 2013 |
### Amazon.com Review

Edinburgh police detective John Rebus, Ian Rankin's popular series detective, is a brilliantly realized character, as moody, dark, and melancholy as Edinburgh itself. In *The Falls*, he's almost certain that missing university student Philippa Balfour is dead, but he's less sure how she died or what her misadventure has to do with the tiny doll in a hand-sized coffin that turns up near a waterfall on the Balfour family estate. It's not the first coffin found near the scene of a crime; could Philippa be the victim of a serial killer? The only other lead the police have is a cryptic e-mail from someone called Quiz Master, inviting Philippa--and then constable Siobhan Clarke, who responds using Philippa's screen name--to join him in a bizarre scavenger hunt that might lead Clarke to Philippa's body, her killer, or her own death.

This time out Rebus has a new boss, who's no happier with his unorthodox style or impolitic attitude toward the Edinburgh establishment than his last one was. But even under department suspension, Rebus manages to tie a number of seemingly disparate and unconnected clues together and deliver a killer in a scene that even the most discerning reader may not see coming until it jumps off the page. A bestseller in the U.K., *The Falls* is Rankin's best yet. *--Jane Adams*

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The Falls is a 2001 crime novel by Ian Rankin. It is the twelfth of the Inspector Rebus novels. It was the first episode in the second Rebus television series starring Ken Stott, airing in 2006, substantially changed from the novel and somewhat resembling the plot of the film Chinatown. Read more - Shopping-Enabled Wikipedia on Amazon

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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I love these books for the insider's look that I get into Edinburgh, Scotland. I love these books for the realistic John Rebus, one of my favourite fictional characters. I love them for the mysteries and the intricate plotting that is in each and every book. Ian Rankin knows how to write a story. This books shows an even more complex John Rebus. A young woman has gone missing and John and his team are doing everything possible to find her. As they continue to search, John realizes that there is a lot more to this mystery than a rebellious young woman trying to escape from a less than ideal family life. And why does some particular historical information that is uncovered during the course of the investigation, seem to dovetail with this present day mystery? John puts together a a very mismatched team for this investigation. Each brings a unique set of skills as well as unique flaws which somehow all work together to help unravel the puzzle. Excellent writing, and to make it even better, John even finds a love interest. Long, long overdue for the wonderful John Rebus. ( )
  Romonko | May 4, 2013 |
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Not my accent - I didn't lose that so much as wipe it off my shoe, as soon as I started to live in England - but rather my own temperament, the prototypically Scottish part of my character that was chippy, aggressive, mean, morbid and, despite my best endeavours, persistently deist. I was, and always would be, a lousy escapee from the unnatural history museum...

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312982402, Mass Market Paperback)

Edinburgh police detective John Rebus, Ian Rankin's popular series detective, is a brilliantly realized character, as moody, dark, and melancholy as Edinburgh itself. In The Falls, he's almost certain that missing university student Philippa Balfour is dead, but he's less sure how she died or what her misadventure has to do with the tiny doll in a hand-sized coffin that turns up near a waterfall on the Balfour family estate. It's not the first coffin found near the scene of a crime; could Philippa be the victim of a serial killer? The only other lead the police have is a cryptic e-mail from someone called Quiz Master, inviting Philippa--and then constable Siobhan Clarke, who responds using Philippa's screen name--to join him in a bizarre scavenger hunt that might lead Clarke to Philippa's body, her killer, or her own death.

This time out Rebus has a new boss, who's no happier with his unorthodox style or impolitic attitude toward the Edinburgh establishment than his last one was. But even under department suspension, Rebus manages to tie a number of seemingly disparate and unconnected clues together and deliver a killer in a scene that even the most discerning reader may not see coming until it jumps off the page. A bestseller in the U.K., The Falls is Rankin's best yet. --Jane Adams

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A student has gone missing in Edinburgh. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom or worse.

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