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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Geoffrey Howard, Ralph Cosham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: January 2001 ISBN: 9781415911044
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A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. Driven by instinct and experience, John Rebus searches for connections, against official skepticism. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish elite, Inspector Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins--knowing it's really himself he's trying to save. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/27/2014

    " Good summer detectivey romp "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/13/2014

    " I didn't like it. Gave it the 100-page chance and gave up after that. Also, I decided to give it two stars because although I didn't like the book, not many authors have the courage to take on pedophillia in their books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/12/2013

    " The Rebus story moves on and just gets darker with each book. These are not "feel good" stories and the continuing characters in the series have weaknesses and secrets and the ghosts of the past are haunting them all. In this entry,as in most of the Rebus books, there is a lot going on and none of it provides easy answers for Rebus and his mates. He is assigned to watch the comings and goings of a recently released and very clever serial killer who is also suspected in the murder of the niece of a retired police officer. But that is just the easy part.....a pedophile is now living in the community, rousing the residents to violence; a fellow officer has committed suicide for no apparent reason; and Rebus's former girlfriend's son is missing. Most of the threads are pulled together but there are some questions left unanswered and the epilogue may set the stage for another book. It is not a pretty picture but it certainly is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 11/28/2013

    " Rankin is always good for a gritty detective yarn, full of dark secrets and bad folks. This one seems to be about three stories in one, but I'm sure they'll all come together in the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettynz | 11/23/2013

    " Not the first time I've read this book, but typically for me, I couldn't remember whodunnit or how it ended, so still just as good a read as the first time! Such good books. I love the way Rebus is such a renegade, but his gut feelings/hunches pay off in the end. All the ghosts he carries with him, as well. Quite moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 11/17/2013

    " Ian Rankin's Rebus is always excellent value. His name choices make me laugh - serial killer Cary Oakes in a book featuring kareoke (sp?) is hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 False Millennium | 11/4/2013

    " I'm still reading through the Rebus series and enjoying them. Add this to the list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lysergius | 10/29/2013

    " Ah! John Rebus... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 10/11/2013

    " I like a Rebus, entertaining, believable characters and interesting plausible plot. I think I should read them all - ooh challenge! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 9/14/2013

    " We get deeper into the character of Rebus in this one. Rankin effortlessly weaves together a tapestry of different crimes, which seem unconnected at first. Interesting. I gave this a lower rating because I simply hate stories involving pedophiles. Nope. Can't go there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheona | 9/4/2013

    " Just a great read, human and somehow chillingly normal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 8/14/2013

    " He is a great detective writer. His hero Rebus is a character who is all too human and very likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 2/18/2013

    " Liked this one a lot. Sounds creepy, but it was good. Rebus has quite a life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 1/2/2013

    " A reasonably satisfying Rebus. Cary Oakes was a clever villain giving rise to some interesting confrontations with the good guys. Some of the other plot lines were a little disjointed, but the story of Rebus's past filled in some missing pieces of the Rebus puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 11/20/2012

    " It was ok. Kept my interest. A good beach or airplane mystery. Kinda dark though, but all Ian Rankin books are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeti | 6/7/2012

    " The first few books in the Rebus series were only so-so. But he seems to improve with each damn book. And by far, Rebus becomes more three dimensional with each book. I have to finish this series to see where Rebus winds up by the last book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Velvetink | 2/27/2012

    " 1 of 21 books for $10. 2/10/12 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pippa222 | 12/12/2011

    " Quite difficult to get into, perhaps because Rebus is such an odd character (I think). It got moving in the second half and I enjoyed this more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winifred | 7/27/2011

    " very good book this is the first rebus book i have read. plot good right to the very end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beau | 5/20/2011

    " Good book but darker than other Rebus mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miia | 4/25/2011

    " Not among the best books in the Rebus series, but still pretty good. There’s a lot of plot, as always with Rankin, but I felt the story could have moved at a slightly faster pace.

    3,5 stars.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee | 3/31/2011

    " bought this at the drugstore on my way to a swim meet so I'd have something to read while waitin. It was awful, stopped after the first chapter and I'm not one to put down a book without finishing it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 2/3/2011

    " It was ok. Kept my interest. A good beach or airplane mystery. Kinda dark though, but all Ian Rankin books are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kua | 1/15/2011

    " Non mi ha coinvolto e mi sono annoiata. Rankin non mi piace, nonostante sia uno degli scrittori emergenti del noir britannico. Non credo lo rileggerò. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 12/27/2010

    " A reasonably satisfying Rebus. Cary Oakes was a clever villain giving rise to some interesting confrontations with the good guys. Some of the other plot lines were a little disjointed, but the story of Rebus's past filled in some missing pieces of the Rebus puzzle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antonica | 12/21/2010

    " I wasn't completely taken by the narration, but I did enjoy the story. A brilliant ending, but a little slow in parts. Overall fairly good; an enjoyable read, but not a favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Ruben | 8/6/2010

    " Possibly the best in the Rebus series thus far, despite a clunky ending and a main adversary who strays into supervillain territory. Aside from that, Dead Souls is wonderfully bleak and well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeti | 3/3/2010

    " The first few books in the Rebus series were only so-so. But he seems to improve with each damn book. And by far, Rebus becomes more three dimensional with each book. I have to finish this series to see where Rebus winds up by the last book in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is an award-winning crime writer best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He is a winner of the Edgar Award and the Crime Writers of America’s Gold Dagger Award, among others, and was the recipient of a Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two sons.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.