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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,933 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: James Macpherson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781619693814
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John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years.

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter’s disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina’s pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere—until, that is, she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus.

Rebus has never shied away from lost causes—one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he’s back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files. Necessary work, but it’s not exactly scratching the itch he feels to be in the heart of the action.

Two more women have gone missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen. Unlike his skeptical colleagues, Rebus can sense a connection, but pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new. Rebus may have missed the thrill of the hunt, but he’s up against a powerful enemy who has even less to lose.

On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin’s first American publication comes an audiobook bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction’s most dazzling stars. Standing in Another Man’s Grave is the triumphant return of John Rebus and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pour yourself a celebratory Highland Park, because Rebus is back...Another irresistibly dreary tale.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Suspenseful [and] atmospheric.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Praise the lord, John Rebus is knee-deep in trouble again. To the dismay of many crime-novel fans, the Edinburgh detective retired in Rankin’s 2009 Exit Music…One of the most dogged detectives to walk the earth, not just the Highlands, where much of this novel takes place, Rebus (with Rankin working his story line) is as incomparable as ever.”

    USA Today

  • “An impeccably crafted whodunit.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Rebus has returned... and it’s a treat to welcome him back.”

    Times (London)

  • “Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives, and his ninteenth case features some fine one-liners... Standing in Another Man’s Grave is Rankin’s most interesting book politically... Cheeringly, it seems clear from the final pages that there will be more Rebus books to chart the next stage in Scotland’s story.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Rankin deserves every award he’s been given: an Edgar, a Gold Dagger, a Diamond Dagger. Surely there’s another one waiting for Rebus’ thrilling return to the fold.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fans of this landmark series, now in its twenty-fifth year, will cry ‘Hosannah!’ at Rebus’ triumphal return...As Arthur Conan Doyle might attest, it’s bloody hard to keep a good detective down.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Ambiguity has never tasted so bittersweet. A gutsy experiment on Rankin’s part and a completely successful one.”

    Booklist

  • “MacPherson rolls easily through...multi-syllabic Scottish place names, reminding the listener of the poetic background of the country. He also rolls a few ‘r’s’ for a couple of growling Edinburgh mobsters and employs a slightly gruff but bantering tone to remind the listener that Rebus is still a mischievous and alcoholic throwback of a cop.”

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  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Longlisted for the 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
  • Finalist for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • A 2014 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2014 Macavity Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 2/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed rebus in semi retirement.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fizzi | 2/12/2014

    " Rebus is back. I missed him so. All is good again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Pearlmutter | 2/11/2014

    " Rebus is back, thank goodness. In Rankin's previous books, the city of Edinburgh has been an important element - almost one of the characters- and I'm sure that's one reason I enjoy them so much. This one features a cold case (actually a series of missing persons cases) that are linked by their locations along the A9, through towns like Pitlochry and Dornoch that I've visited so many times. Nostalgia might be a factor in my high rating:-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail De | 1/31/2014

    " Nice to have Rebus back! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breda | 1/26/2014

    " Rebus - you've been missed! This was a great read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Chicaferro | 1/26/2014

    " I am a big fan of the 'John Rebus' series of novels by Ian Rankin. 'Standing in Another Man's Grave' is no disappointment. It is a hard-hitting serial murder case that doesn't pull any punches. It's also about the return of John Rebus from the 'retired' category. He hasn't changed and that's the good part! He is cantankerous and hard-drinking - - unforgiving to criminals and thumbs his nose to 'superior' authority. The folks in Scotland should sleep better at night with John Rebus back on the hunt for villains! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Jackson | 1/18/2014

    " Awesome love all the Rebus books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco Conelli | 1/16/2014

    " Classic Rankin, Standing In Another Man's Grave had an intense plot and cool development. It was tough to see Rebus working as a civilian following his retirement, but with John Rebus, you're always in for a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Beebe | 1/11/2014

    " Nice to have Rebus back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/11/2014

    " A gripping return for Rankin's Rebus. Rankin has one again given us a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end, set against the backdrop of the beautifully desolate Scottish highlands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Roberts | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read & I didn't guess the ending either! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Graham | 12/31/2013

    " Slow start - spends too much time explaining that Rebus is out of date but still gets results. Then turns into a standard police procedural. "

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

    " Rebus is back...at least for this one. That says it all. I would dislike him in person, but as a character he is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Rout | 11/24/2013

    " Great to see John Rebus resurrected. Fine plotting and characterisation. Rebus portrayed as someone whose older methods, although frowned on, get results. If you are a fan, you won't miss this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Martin | 11/7/2013

    " just when I had come to grips with the fact I had read all the Rebus novels, Ian Rankin comes up with a new one. A beauty too, coming face to face with Rankin's more recent key character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/18/2013

    " Oh how I've missed Rebus! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/17/2013

    " Rebus is back. 'Nuff said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Hunt | 9/15/2013

    " Got to say that I was disappointed because the ending felt too much like this was the first of a two-parter. There is unfinished business and I didn't feel like Rebus had done a very thorough job! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nevermore | 7/10/2013

    " Was surprised to find Rankin had maintained: I still liked Rebus, still liked the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Walker | 6/30/2013

    " I like Rankins style of writing. Straight to the point missing out all the flowery descriptive rubbish your old English teacher tried to teach you. I enjoyed the book, with the exception of the ending. A bit far fetched and lacklustre. However still miles better than other crime writers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Clarke | 4/16/2013

    " A good Rebus story, a good readx "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaisa | 3/19/2013

    " Impossible as an audiobook for a Finn. Tried dozen times. Am fluent in English - now I know my limits. - A week later: I did it! But lost about 30% of the book. That's the reason for so few stars. Never ever a reader from Glasgow, please! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/24/2013

    " John Rebus, the dour, old Scot, solves another one. "

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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

James MacPherson 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.