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The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin

The Hanging Garden (1998)

by Ian Rankin

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Series: Inspector Rebus (9)

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Turf wars for Edinburgh's twilight world of drugs, prostitution and gambling are routine for DI Rebus but this time the competition runs deep, with the Russian Mafia and the Japanese looking for a controlling interest. Rebus is his own man, as ever, but being on the wagon makes him an even less enticing character, full of self-pity.

Drier and sparer than earlier Rebus books, but its twist and turns and red herrings make it as compelling as ever.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Turf wars for Edinburgh's twilight world of drugs, prostitution and gambling are routine for DI Rebus but this time the competition runs deep, with the Russian Mafia and the Japanese looking for a controlling interest. Rebus is his own man, as ever, but being on the wagon makes him an even less enticing character, full of self-pity.

Drier and sparer than earlier Rebus books, but its twist and turns and red herrings make it as compelling as ever.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Detective Inspector Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal. But an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Newcastle gangster nicknamed Mr Pink Eyes - a Chechen bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road back to Paisley and pronto. Then Rebus's daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run and Rebus knows that now there is nothing he wouldn't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford - even if it means cutting a deal with the devil.

I'm glad to be back reading an Inspector Rebus book. This one had a long list of characters and it took awhile to keep them straight but soon I knew who the baddies were and I kept my eyes on them. Rankin is great with his characters and they are always fleshed out. The book was about transporting drugs and prostitutes and Rebus handled the thugs and had them behind bars in the end. It was a bit touchy for Rebus's daughter, Samantha, when she was a victim of a hit and run and I could really feel the affect it had on Rebus and his ex-wife. I look forward to reading the next Rebus book as you always know that Rankin does not disappoint. I would highly recommend this series to those who love Scottish mysteries. ( )
  EadieB | Mar 7, 2018 |
Complex but well put together; very satisfying, both in plot line/s and Rebus's personal development. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
I don't think I would want to inhabit John Rebus's world but it sure makes for a gripping read.

In this book, Rebus's daughter, Samantha, is hit by a car just after she and Rebus had dinner together. Samantha suffers a serious head injury and is unconscious for days. Rebus is out for revenge and he goes to Big Ger Cafferty, crime boss of Edinburgh presently in jail, for help in finding out who did this. Rebus thinks it will probably lead back to Tommy Telford, another criminal who is trying to take over Cafferty's turf. Rebus got involved in saving a woman, Candice/Katrina, who was a prostitute in Telford's organization. For a few nights Candice stayed with Samantha and Rebus thinks Telford targeted Samantha because of this. So Rebus is also wanting to take Telford down. His assigned case involves a man who is suspected of committing wartime atrocities during the second World War. It's a common device to link disparate cases together but Rankin handles it so masterfully I couldn't find a fake note.

One of the things I really like about the Rebus books is the constant reference to music, primarily rock and roll from the sixties. Rebus is a fan of Van the Man Morrison and he has this to say about one of his recordings:

He put Van Morrison on the hifi: Hardnose the Highway. He'd played this music on East Neuk beaches and tenement stakeouts. It always seemed to heal him, or at least patch the wounds.

I know just what he means. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 7, 2017 |
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'If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.'
-- T.S. Eliot, 'Burnt Norton'
'I went to Scotland and found nothing there that looks like Scotland'
-- Arthur Freed, Producer Brigadoon
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312969139, Mass Market Paperback)

Ian Rankin's ninth book about Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police is so full of story that it seems about to explode into shapeless anarchy at any moment. What keeps it from doing so is Rankin's strong heart and even stronger writing skills. When a Bosnian prostitute refuses to testify against a crime boss who has threatened her family, he says this about the cops trying to pressure her: "Silence in the room. They were all looking at her. Four men, men with jobs, family ties, men with lives of their own. In the scheme of things, they seldom realised how well off they were. And now they realised something else: how helpless they were."

Rebus is trying to help the young woman--renamed Candice by the young, slick, brutal thug Tommy Telford, who is into everything from drugs and prostitution to aiding a Japanese business syndicate in acquiring a local golf course--because she's about the same age and physical aspect as his own daughter, Sammy. He's also conducting the investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal, an old man who spends his time tending graves in Warriston cemetery. "A cemetery should have been about death, but Warriston didn't feel that way to Rebus. Much of it resembled a rambling park into which some statuary had been dropped," Rankin writes with the icy clarity of cold water over stone.

Add to this Rebus's involvement with an imprisoned crime boss in a plan to bring Telford down; his continuing battle with drink; the strong possibility that people high up in the British government don't want the old Nazi exposed; danger to Sammy and her journalist lover because of her father's work; and a somewhat strained metaphor of Edinburgh as a new Babylon and you have an admittedly large pot of stew. But Rankin's high art keeps it all bubbling and rich with flavor. Others in the Rebus series include his 1997 Edgar Award-nominated Black and Blue, as well as Hide and Seek, Knots and Crosses, Let It Bleed, Mortal Causes, Strip Jack, and Tooth and Nail. --Dick Adler

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Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police hunts for a World War II criminal, a Nazi officer who massacred an entire village in France. At the same time he has to bust a ring which is importing East European prostitutes.

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