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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106207
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When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Army investigators show up to snoop around the scene of the crime, and links between the killer and a local group of "Goths" (a morbid clique of black-clad teens who listen to heavy metal music) begin to surface. But just as Rebus finds himself in the thick of the murder inquiry, he's threatened with suspension from the police force: a man who had been menacing his partner and friend, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke, dies in the same house fire that has left Rebus with horrible, painful burns. Rebus is immediately suspected of foul play. Now Rebus is faced with two harrowing missions: He must get to the root of the boarding school killing even as he tries to clear his own name. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rankin has an abundance of plot to spin, and he does so with his usual skill. But it is not plot alone that has made Rankin one of England’s most popular crime novelists. This series’ strength starts with Rebus himself, who after fourteen novels has emerged as the baddest of the bad boys of modern crime fiction.”

    Washington Post

  • A Question of Blood confirms Mr. Rankin’s place…as part of the nouveau-noir pantheon that dominates contemporary mystery writing. Character, setting, and conscience count for at least as much as plot does in the masculine, brooding work of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, George P. Pelecanos and Jonathan Kellerman, not to mention Peter Robinson, another stellar British practitioner of this craft.”

    New York Times

  • A 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Dunn | 2/15/2014

    " I'm on a crime reading spree at the moment and this one I found difficult to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/8/2014

    " Mystery + Arson + Drinking + Scottish People = Not Bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/14/2014

    " Reviewed in PW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/9/2014

    " I'm looking forward to seeing what Rebus can get into next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/3/2014

    " good once I got into it, took a couple of tries. Going to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/8/2013

    " Entertaining book with a good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Fischman | 11/30/2013

    " Better-than-average mystery, but with too many loose ends and something of a Hollywood idea of what's credible, not quite typical Rankin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Casey | 11/28/2013

    " A killer book. A little loose, but a story that is purely believable even if the motive is a little difficult to grasp. I can only imagine how cool Scotland is and how great a place it would be to pub hop with John Rebus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mystery Lover | 11/1/2013

    " This book is seriously bloated. It could be reduced to a third of its size. Even at that, the story is not that interesting, and the subplot is annoying. While interviewing a shooting victim, he takes some of the kid's painkillers! What cop would do that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 10/24/2013

    " A good, old fashion mystery. I am enjoying this book and am looking at the online library system to order more in the series. I like mysteries that take place in London, maybe it reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 8/14/2013

    " Great suspenseful read. I liked the way things often took a turn to the unexpected. Rebus' problems with alcohol and authority are beautifully worked out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 6/3/2013

    " I love the relationship between Rebus and Siobhan, both intensley defensive and protective of the other. A Question of Blood is another great read although I did guess the ending pretty early on this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/7/2013

    " I always enjoy Rebus novels but this one is particularly gripping. I found the characters compelling, in this particular book there is a lot of depth to even the incidental characters. The twists in the storyline are well managed and Rankin's writing is top notch as usual. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 11/29/2012

    " Trusty Rebus. Comfy read as you know what to expect and don't guess what the end of the plot is going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda J | 11/13/2012

    " My first listen of an Inspector Rebus book, although I think I've read others a long time ago. This one was good although a bit more drawn out than necessary. I will read or listen to more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/18/2012

    " Rankin has just joined the ranks of one of my favorites... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 10/6/2012

    " This book was excellent. One of the best by Rankin that I've read so far in the Rebus series. The plot was well developed, interesting, and with a great pace. Detective Rebus almost seems to jump out from the pages thanks to Rankin's ability to make him so alive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/25/2012

    " Inspector Rebus. I don't usually figure out the endings to Rankin's books, but did on this one. Still, the writing is excellent and he manages to bring all the plot lines together without a contrived feeling to the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 8/3/2012

    " Not one of his better ones "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/11/2012

    " What can you say except pacy, gritty and an all round good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 10/3/2011

    " I know Ian Rankin is a prolific writer but this is the first book of his that I've read. Even though the main characters are complicated interesting and the plot keeps the story moving I found it rather depressing-- no one seems happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxane | 4/28/2011

    " Excellent - one of the best in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steffi | 2/16/2011

    " this was my first ian rankin but got to say it didnt really catch me. it was a good read but thats it, nothing special.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 badger | 1/10/2011

    " This is my first Inspector Rebus book...I love the live, witty dialogues! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/3/2011

    " Mystery + Arson + Drinking + Scottish People = Not Bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/11/2010

    " Among the strongest in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 12/9/2010

    " It was not the page turner I thought it would be at least for me but the last part was worth reading the book for! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/18/2010

    " I actually give between a 4 and a 5 but I am so hooked on Inspector Rebus
    I err on the side of generosity. Love this character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxane | 8/14/2010

    " Excellent - one of the best in the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/5/2010

    " What can you say except pacy, gritty and an all round good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/6/2010

    " Detective Inspector John Rebus and Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke break most of the rules (thank heaven) as they crisscross their way around Edinburgh and, of course, catch the bad guys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mahesh | 4/18/2010

    " I couldnt complete it. I lost it midway.. Probably not my type of book But it kept me engaged till the point I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 2/10/2010

    " Enjoyable but far too easy to guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunira | 1/18/2010

    " Rankin is consistently good.
    I enjoyed the part where the less-than-smart Bob is introduced to The Wind in the Willows, his first book. "

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About the Author
Author Ian RankinIan Rankin is the worldwide #1 bestselling writer of the Inspector Rebus books, including Knots and Crosses, Let It Bleed, Black and Blue, Set in Darkness, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, The Falls and Exit Music. He is also the author of The Complaints and Doors Open. He has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.