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The Hanging Garden (original 1998; edition 2010)

by Ian Rankin

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Title:The Hanging Garden
Authors:Ian Rankin
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 448 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Crime Fiction Edinburgh

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Another Rebus reread. I couldn’t really remember this one but of course all the formula was there – very regular allusions to songs, Rebus’s self-doubt, others’ admiration, Cafferty mirroring Rebus and, despite a setback or two, all the major things coming right at the end.

Still, Rankin writes fluently, deftly perhaps if we take into account the restrictions of having the same detective in book after book, meaning that the readre knows that Rebus is always gong to come out on top.

I don’t think the reader needed the somewhat didactic afterword as it was clearly based on real events and their consequences.

There were philosophical titbits in the book as Rebus questions fundamental things like the uncertainties of life: ‘The only thing you could be sure of was the inside of your head, and even that could deceive you. I don’t even know myself, he thought’. And the inevitability of crime: ‘Where you had society, you had criminal’. Somehow, though, I didn’t find these observations sustaining enough given the predictability of Rankin’s formula. ( )
  evening | Nov 14, 2016 |
A suspected war criminal, gang warfare and sex trafficking from Eastern Europe, are the current caseload to test Rebus and his attempt to stay off drink. His daughter Sammy suffers a hit and run that Rebus suspects is punishment for him in connection to his investigations. Rankin is able to take wildly diverging storylines and knit them all together neatly and with satisfaction. Although he can bring out the worst of Edinburgh in his gritty stories, Rebus takes the edge off with his pragmatic approach and a classic rock song title appropriate to the moment. This is another enthralling page-turner featuring Rebus, as usual flawed but endearing. In an afterword Rankin obligingly describes the actual event that was the source of his war crime component. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jun 29, 2016 |
Another great book in the Inspector Rebus series. Big surprise at the end of this book. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
This ninth book in the Inspector Rebus mysteries, was a page turner. Who am I kidding, I think all of these books by Ian Rankin do that to me. I wind up staying up late trying to finish. Here we have gang warfare, an Eastern European prostitution ring, a man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal, investigation into a rumored post-WWII secret "train" by which the Vatican and the Allies smuggled high-ranking Nazi figures to the West, called the Rat Line, a Japanese crime gang called Yakuza, and drug smuggling by unsuspecting senior travelers. As complicated as all of that crazy mish mosh of a plot sounds, it all comes together very nicely to a satisfying conclusion. All this is going on while Rebus' daughter is in the hospital in a coma due to a hit and run accident (or was it intentional?). I really enjoyed it, and look forward to the next one in the series. ( )
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
This was the ninth novel featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus, and the reader finds him caught in the middle of a gang war in Edinburgh between the established forces of Maurice Gerald Cafferty ("Big Ger"), Rebus's long-standing foe, recently arrived upstart, Tommy Telford.

Rebus is not too concerned by the prospect of the gangsters killing each other off, though it is only a matter of time before innocent bystanders are caught in the crossfire. Besides, he has other matters demanding his attention. An eminent professor at the city's university has been accused of being a war criminal, complicit in the massacre of the civilian population of a small village in France in the tail end of the Second World War. Rebus has been assigned to investigate whether there is a case to answer. In the meantime, personal tragedy intervenes, and Rebus is left wondering whether an apparent accident that befalls his daughter might actually have been something more sinister. It looks like he has chosen the wrong time to try to give up alcohol, especially as he is carrying a half-bottle of whisky around with him, just in case!

Like its predecessor in the series, this showed Rankin and Rebus moving into another gear.. There are several parallel plots, all with their own intricacies and inherent plausibility. The relationships between Rebus and both Cafferty and Siobhan Clarke, his often reluctant protégée, continue to develop, assuming Byzantine intricacies and twists of their own. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Nov 7, 2015 |
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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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