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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Samuel Gillies Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: December 1996 ISBN: 9781449813567
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The seventh in the series of the award winning, best-selling Inspector Rebus crime novels, grips us with first-rate plotting and fierce realism. It’s a bitter winter in Edinburgh, and Rebus has found himself wrapped in a case that provides more questions than answers. Was Lord Provost’s daughter kidnapped, or is she a runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been destroyed years ago? And more importantly, why has Rebus been invited to a pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office’s Permanent secretary? Rebus must contend with the fact that in modern Scotland, some of his enemies may be beyond justice ... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another top-notch procedural in a brooding series.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rankin portrays an intriguingly complex Scotland, where a good copper, battling frigid winds and cruel manipulators, needs plenty of warming whiskey and selfless friends.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rankin is a genius at finding the perfect blend of curmudgeonly guile, stubborn gruffness, and unsuspecting vulnerability for Rebus, who, despite his many faults, is a refreshing if lonely champion of truth and justice. Rankin also delivers sparkling wit, superb plotting, and a host of surprising twists to keep readers completely, charmingly off balance.”

    Booklist

  • “It takes every bit of Rankin’s finesse, and every bit of Rebus’ nerve, to unravel the complex plot. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy this author’s boldest, most ambitious novel yet.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/10/2014

    " Not my favorite, but interesting. Still, I love Rebus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/10/2014

    " My first Ian Rankin book, and it won't be my last. Very absorbing tale of corruption and crime in Edinburgh. It's a familiar "cop who can't stop asking dangerous questions" kind of book, but it's incredibly well done, smart and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaron | 1/28/2014

    " Solid police procedural, at times it relied a bit much on the usual cliches (inspector gets too close to a dangerous truth, gets suspended, continues investigating, etc). Despite that it was still a pleasurable read and I would read more by Rankin. I liked the way that the Rolling Stones were referenced throughout and the ending was not predictable or cliched, instead it came down to a moral dilemma of sorts, where the lines between right and wrong were not so clear cut. Hope that doesn't give too much away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 1/20/2014

    " Only Rebus could get suspended and end up with the offer of promotion! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 1/14/2014

    " Rankin is usually so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Handros | 1/6/2014

    " As usual, this was well-written, great characterizations as Inspector Rebus works amongst the Scottish bureaucrats to uncover a convoluted scheme. Overall, an enjoyable installment in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manda | 12/25/2013

    " I actually enjoyed this book. I have previously read Beggars Banquet, a collection of short stories, but not really enjoyed it, so I am not even sure why I picked up this Rebus book. But I was pleasantly surprised, it was fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Lang | 12/18/2013

    " Ich kann es nur immer wieder sagen - Rankin wird von Buch zu Buch besser! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celia | 12/15/2013

    " I'm finding that I'm not much of a Rebus fan. Too obsessed and too lucky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/8/2013

    " Another excellent Rebus novel, this one quite political. I absolutely love these books and find them almost impossible to put down, great writing, great characters, great pace... Thank you Ian Rankin! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Duncan Duncan Duncan | 9/27/2013

    " Ian Rankin wears the crown as a writer of mystery. I've read all of his books, everyone a knockout. Unfortunately, no new ones have surfaced yet. He's probably enjoying the fruit of success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 9/22/2013

    " line item 8 or 9 in the Inspector Rebus Wallowing of 2008. i re-read Black & Blue last week(s) and FUCK YOU FOR NOT READING IT "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 9/18/2013

    " An interesting who-done-it with a few twists. Not a great read but an easy one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 9/9/2013

    " An old, reliable Rebus, filled with complications. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 7/29/2013

    " A bit too much politics in this one for me to really love it, though Scottish politics is a nice break from what we have to endure in the U.S. The story was a bit too complex to be tied up as neatly as it was for my taste as well. Still, a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 7/1/2013

    " Another enjoyable entry in this series. Rebus can sometimes be a bit wearing and the plot became mired down in conspiracies but everything came together in a nicely done ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 6/14/2013

    " Loved it. Shamelessly love crime fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/1/2013

    " I definitely prefer the later books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Stafford | 2/19/2013

    " This is the first Rebus novel I've read - I selected it at random from the list. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rankin has a clear, direct style and imbues his lead character with sardonic humour. The plot was intriguing and the Edinburgh setting evocative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ford | 5/29/2012

    " Favorite book of the series, mainly for all the meditations on the rolling stones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/18/2011

    " Rebus investigates suicides that lead him to crooked politicians. And, of course, his job is threatened and he goes on a drinking binge. Still love the guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene B. | 11/6/2011

    " Read this one after Rebus #8 which was excellent. Some good background for the character development in the next novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank O'connor | 11/2/2011

    " Page turner. Grand opening scenes with a high speed car accident and two suicides. Then it settles into a more corporate trap, but still compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/27/2011

    " Ya gotta love a crusty old detective who knows his Rock n Roll! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 8/22/2011

    " Another perfectly splendid Rebus novel. You want a good series set in Edinburgh? A good cop with issues? A trusty set of sidekicks? This is a good one but start with Knots and Crosses (1987) if you want to go chronologically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimber | 7/13/2011

    " What can I say? I truly enjoy these mysteries, because I can't see what is coming around the corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/30/2011

    " This is the 7th book by the author with inspector Rebus as hero. The inspector is a great character and the story has some complex twists. Well worth reading. Some of the Scottish English slang left me puzzled at times. I'll read some more from this author who was new to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/15/2011

    " I definitely prefer the later books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/20/2011

    " Having really enjoyed previous Rebus novels, this one was a slight disappointment. Still very readable but tended to get bogged down in parts. Rebus is a great character and I will continue to read this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/31/2011

    " An old, reliable Rebus, filled with complications. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/12/2010

    " Hah...political insider intriguing tries to force Rebus off the case. Naturally, being Rebus, he simply digs in further. What a crazy combination of events (even for Rebus) as he copes with an ex as his new boss and an indifferent daughter.

    I can't get enough of Inspector Rebus! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crest | 9/6/2010

    " the guy is a rock StaR ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 4/17/2010

    " Rebus is such a man's man detective- completely rough around the edges and addicted to work. It was an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 4/14/2010

    " Politics isn't really my thing but I anjoyed this Rebus book - as always "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 2/19/2010

    " Only Rebus could get suspended and end up with the offer of promotion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.walsh | 1/13/2010

    " This is more like it! Rebus in his stomping ground and embroiled in politics. Wonderful characterisation. "

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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

Sam Gillies is an experienced audiobook narrator whose titles include A Fearsome Doubt, Legacy of the Dead, Let It Bleed, Wings of Fire, and others.