Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin

The Hanging Garden (original 1998; edition 2010)

by Ian Rankin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,171166,900 (3.91)25
Title:The Hanging Garden
Authors:Ian Rankin
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Crime Fiction Edinburgh

Work details

The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin (1998)

Recently added byAlcohoptimist, amer_anwar, bookman143, private library, dbeckman, Urban.Witch, clamob, AntT



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 25 mentions

English (13)  Swedish (1)  Finnish (1)  German (1)  All languages (16)
Showing 1-5 of 13 (next | show all)
Bloody is the word for this one. Very bloody. ( )
  veracite | Apr 6, 2013 |
Excellent entry in the Rebus series sees Rankin delving deeply into his creation's motivation. The multi-stranded plot elements come together successfully and the ironic twist in the tail is a real stinger. ( )
  SteveAldous | Sep 3, 2011 |
Stuck looking for an old Nazi war criminal while gangland war is breaking out, Rebus is forced to make a deal with the proverbial devil, Big Ger Cafferty, when his own daughter is attacked. This is another captivating installment in the Rebus-series and, as usual, Rankin doesn't disappoint with excellent characters, great dialogue, and plot-twists that'll give you whiplash. I'm loving this series! Even though I had seen a TV-episode based on this novel, there are so many different layers that it was a thoroughly enjoyable read despite already knowing the resolution to some parts of the mystery. ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 3, 2011 |

This Rebus novel got rave reviews in a couple of places, but I was not completely satisfied with it. It seemed more a novel of gangland politics than of police investigation; there is a horribly bungled police raid at one point which emphasises the relative powerlessness of the keepers of law in this story. There is a character who is a Bosnian woman victim of sex trafficking, but I felt that crucial details of her background didn't mesh with what little I know of that issue. There are two fairly dramatic crimes - a hit-and-run car accident involving Rebus' daughter, and another character found hanging (hence the title of the book), but both of these crimes turned out to be a little bathetic in their resolution. The subplot about war criminal escaping from post-1945 France and Gemany was not really concluded (except with paranoia agaist the British establishment, which may or may not be well founded). It does score well on the reintroduction of Rebus' relationships with his own family and, to an extent, with himself now that he is giving up alcohol. But I find it difficult to believe the somewhat anarchic working environment that he experiences. Probably I am wrong and simply imagine incorrectly that most people at that level of responsibility have and keep regular office hours. So only three points out of five on LibraryThing for this one. ( )
  nwhyte | Apr 24, 2010 |
Ian Rankin's writing ranks right up there with Colin Dexter and Reginald Hill in my opinion. I am a great fan of this genre of mystery and this is probably the best book that I've read so far that depicts gang rivalries and outright gang wars. Rebus finds himself drawn right into the middle of the biggest gang war that his city of Edinburgh has ever seen. This to me is Rankin's best novel so far in this series. I can only hope that the others that follow will maintain this high standard. I couldn't put the book down, and now I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series. Rankin is an author to be reckoned with and that's for sure. ( )
  Romonko | Nov 26, 2009 |
Showing 1-5 of 13 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (1 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ian Rankinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bandini, DitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bandini, GiovanniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beal, MarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brøndum, KlavsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fabianowska, MałgorzataTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faria, PauloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín, FranciscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nobuhara, YasukoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ochs, ÉdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Omdahl, MimiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pieterse, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salojärvi, HeikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
'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
For Miranda
First words
John Rebus kissed his daughter.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:52:37 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
43 avail.
21 wanted
5 pay4 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.91)
2 4
2.5 4
3 55
3.5 21
4 106
4.5 9
5 52


An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,176,959 books! | Top bar: Always visible