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The Hanging Garden (1998)

by Ian Rankin

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Series: Inspector Rebus (9)

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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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John Rebus is investigating a crime from World War Two: A war criminal, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of French people, is supposed to have hid in Edinburgh since the end of the war. But Rebus is also drawn into a battle of different gangs in the city, and everything becomes personal when his daughter has an accident that might be connected to it.

I must say that to me this was the best Rebus book so far. All the strands of the story were equally gripping, and I enjoyed the style and atmosphere so much. Usually I am not a fan of the plots involving the Scottish gangsters and too many police persons from the different stations, but while it was still a bit hard to not loose track of who was who, it was easier than in the previous novels and did not distract from the plot. What a superb crime novel! I hope to continue with the series soon! ( )
  MissBrangwen | Mar 3, 2024 |
El joven delincuente Tommy Telford ha llegado a Edimburgo dispuesto a barrer del mapa a Big Ger Cafferty, un capo del crimen organizado que está cumpliendo condena gracias al inspector Rebus. Cuando se desate la guerra entre ambas bandas, Rebus se las verá con la mafia rusa, con la Yakuza, con el servicio de inteligencia británico y hasta con un excriminal nazi. ( )
  AmicanaLibrary | Aug 15, 2023 |
Decent Rebus. Plot strains a bit, too much of the international Yakuza stuff. Rebus not quite filled out as a character, still doing the annoying music-reference thing as a crutch for personality. ( )
  hypostasise | Jan 11, 2023 |
There’s a gang war brewing in Edinburgh, even though Ger Cafferty is behind bars, thanks to DI John Rebus; a young newcomer from Paisley is determined to take over Ger’s territory, and he has no qualms about bringing in representatives of both the Russian Mafia and the Yakuza. In the meantime, Rebus is assigned to look into the possible presence in Edinburgh for some 50 years of a Nazi war criminal. But all of those puzzles fade away when his daughter Sam is struck by a hit-and-run driver and left in what the doctors won’t yet call a coma…. This is the ninth book in the Rebus series, and it brings together some threads from earlier novels: the return of Patience in Rebus’s life, his struggles with maintaining his sobriety with the help of his friend Jack Morton, Sam’s move to Edinburgh and what it means for Rebus and his ex-wife, in addition to his increasingly compromised position with crime boss Cafferty. Published in the late 1990s, there are references to world events of that time, particularly the conflict in Bosnia, which help keep the story rooted to its time, but one need not be conversant with all of the global political complexities to enjoy this as a hard-boiled crime novel; recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Dec 17, 2022 |
Es sind zwei Fälle, die scheinbar nichts miteinander zu tun haben: Ein alter Mann wird eines Naziverbrechens bezichtigt, leugnet aber vehement jede Schuld. Und die zur Prostitution gezwungene Candice weigert sich, die Namen ihrer Zuhälter preiszugeben. Noch bevor Rebus erste Beweise sammeln kann, überschlagen sich die Ereignisse: der alte Mann wird erhängt aufgefunden, Candice entführt und Rebus Tochter Sammy liegt nach einem offenbar gezielt verursachten Unfall im Koma. Die Fäden scheinen beim Unterweltneuling Tommy Telford zusammenzulaufen – und Rebus sinnt auf persönliche Rache an dem Fahrer des Unfallwagens …
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
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Bandini, DitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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John Rebus kissed his daughter.
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