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Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: James Macpherson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781478905141
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Detective Inspector John Rebus investigates a cold case that has turned red hot once again.

John Rebus, as incapable of settling into his retirement as he is of playing by the rules, investigates a cold case from the 1970s involving a gorgeous and wealthy female socialite who was found dead in a bedroom at one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels. No one was ever found guilty, but the scandalous circumstances of the murder have kept the town talking for over forty years. Now, Rebus has his own reasons to investigate, but his inquiries quickly make him some very dangerous and powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the case remains unsolved and the gossip falls on deaf ears.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “MacPherson’s delivery of Rankin’s signature wit tickles the funny bone, making listeners laugh despite a dark plot…With atmosphere, pacing, and authentic emotion, MacPherson makes this audiobook an engrossing listen.”

    AudioFile

  • “A pleasurably complex set of mysteries involving murders old and new drives Rankin’s latest almost as much as the deepening relationship between two old (semi-) retirees, former cop John Rebus and former gangster Big Ger Cafferty.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Along with his plotting prowess, Rankin has cultivated a fluid style that accommodates mordant cop talk, coarse gangster lingo, and the occasional honest expression of compassion.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Excellent.”

    Seattle Review of Books

  • “In the last thirty pages or so, Rankin delivers so many shocking but satisfying twists I felt I might have whiplash.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “With his spare Scottish prose, some hilarious moments between Rebus and Fox as their disparate personalities clash, and a deft weaving of many separate plot lines, Rather Be the Devil is a practically perfect mystery. And its shocking denouement will leave the reader eager for the next in the series.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection
  • Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

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About the Author

Ian Rankin is an award-winning crime writer best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Rather Be the Devil and Even Dogs in the Wild. 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.

About the Narrator

James MacPherson, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Detective Michael Jardine in the STV drama Taggart, as well as his portrayal of Hugh Hamilton in BBC Radio 4’s hit drama series Citizens.