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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,397 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:
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For the first time in 300 years, Scotland has its own Parliament, and to go with it, its own newly developed Parliament buildings. Detective Inspector John Rebus views the whole thing through a rather jaundiced eye, given that he’s been chosen to liaise with the restructuring of the whole building. At first he thinks that the building’s murky past may just be a break from the tedium--not every building has stories of a mad earl roasting a servant to death, after all--but when he is shown the legendary site, it’s to discover a rather more recent body occupying the same place. As if that’s not enough, a prospective Member of Parliament is found dead a few days later on the same site. As always, it’s up to Rebus to find out what’s going on ... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rankin’s ability to keep finding new dimensions in Rebus, handle intricate plot details brilliantly, and evoke the gloom and darkness of his settling keep winning him new admirers, with just cause.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Like the best of Rankin’s earlier novels, Set in Darkness works as a cleverly constructed account of crime and its consequences, as a vivid evocation of contemporary Edinburgh, a city ‘defined by its past as much as by its present,’ as a richly nuanced portrait of its hard-edged hero, John Rebus…The result is one of Rankin’s most fully realized creations, a hypnotically involving novel that reinforces his position as one of Europe’s leading practitioners of literate, intelligent suspense.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Rankin has woven a plot grittier and tighter than ever…Topical Scottish nationalism and the new parliament, along with Rankin’s consistently fascinating view of Edinburgh’s seedy side, give the novel interest beyond its plot. And the plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The Rebus series has leapfrogged to the top of the procedural heap; it’s now the standard against which the hard-boiled cop novel must be measured. Nobody writes darker than Rankin; nobody confronts the ravages of the human heart with a sharper or more unflinching eye; and nobody probes quite as deeply into the inner lives of today’s browbeaten coppers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Rankin…adds another bracing Scotch sour to his fine Rebus series, concentrating this time on mordant family relationships, professional infighting, and the near-lethal mistakes of a good man.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “DI John Rebus, of the drinking problem and the surly attitude, is back in a bigger and darker tale that indicts most of Scottish life from its new politics to its old-boy network…[Rankin is] one of the very best practitioners of police procedurals around today. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/20/2014

    " So this is my first time reading Ian Rankin and so far I really enjoy him. He is reminiscent of Nelson Demille for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Para | 2/8/2014

    " The title says it all, this is a very 'dark' novel, not only dark in terms of the predominant night setting but also themes. This is the first Rebus I read, I was delighted to find that a modern detective novel can not only be gripping but literary too. Have since read several more of Rankin's oeuvre but, like so many things in life, I haven't forgotten the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jon | 1/19/2014

    " This is my first Rebus novel by Ian Rankin, and it was very satisfying. Quite long, but without any sense of padding a plot that could easily have been a short story. Complex both in detail and emotion; real characters, vivid descriptions, sometimes lyrical, sometimes gritty. A surprising ending in which rough justice works itself out and a sequel is prepared for. And I learned what haar is. And I also learned that in spite of being "corrected" by some whisky snobs, I'm not a useless numpty for preferring a wee drop of water with my single malt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/17/2014

    " Another great addition to this series. "

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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.