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The Hanging Garden: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series… (original 1998; edition 2010)

by Ian Rankin (Author)

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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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Title:The Hanging Garden: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 9)
Authors:Ian Rankin (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, 445 pages
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The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin (1998)

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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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