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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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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 |
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 |
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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Bandini, DitteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bandini, GiovanniTranslatorsecondary 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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