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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (33 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: November 2001 ISBN: 9781449813550
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A missing student, a six inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus. The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. Whilst Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One character jostling Rebus for center stage is, of course, Edinburgh itself. Several Edinburghs, in fact. The city the tourist sees, the one the romantics see, and the one that Rebus sees: ‘a state of mind, a juggling of criminal thoughts and baser instincts.’ Once more, Rankin renders it in all its complexity. Terrific.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Rankin’s brilliant evocation of a moody Edinburgh, deeply human characters and labyrinthine plot give dimension to this always absorbing series…Readers won’t be able to skim this dark, densely written novel, but they won’t want to. Artfully placed red herrings, a large cast of multifaceted characters and a gripping pace will keep them engrossed. And Rebus is a character whose devils and idiosyncrasies will leave them eager for more.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The suspense builds to a remarkably exciting finale. Best of all, though, is the ever-deepening, ever-darkening portrait of the aging Rebus, the antiorganization man trapped in a world where mavericks are an endangered species—except at a few ‘small, smoky bars’ where they sip whiskey with the other dinosaurs.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gillies, with an accessible brogue and steady pacing, ably portrays the prickly Scottish detective in this dark, complex thriller.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Like Rebus, readers will find no city more beautiful than Edinburgh, no locale more intriguing than Arthur’s Seat—and no characters in the genre more provocative or sharply delineated than Rankin’s ongoing cast.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Combining complicated multiple plotlines with finely drawn characters and fascinating Scottish lore and setting, Rankin once again proves himself a master of the gritty British crime novel.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/29/2014

    " Great mystery, kept me guessing. Scotland indeed seems like a far-away place in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathanielk | 1/29/2014

    " Probably the cleverest of the Rebus series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " Didn't realize how much I had missed Rebus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 1/24/2014

    " Prime Rebus. As so often happens, his methods get him suspended, yet still he participates in the investigation and solution of the crime. His protege, Siobhan Clarke, figures prominently in this story as well as several other of the regular characters. The Farmer has now retired and Gill Templer has taken his place. All in all an engaging story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/22/2014

    " I had seen this some time ago and thought I might like it. At first, I had difficulty staying with it. The more I read with all of the characters, flawed individuals, the more I wanted to see how it was going to turn out. This a first time author for me but I will definitely look for more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bo White | 1/20/2014

    " this hits on all cylinders...very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/13/2014

    " If you are a mystery fan, check out Ian Rankin and his hard drinking detective, John Rebus. Its a great series and you can start at any book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/26/2013

    " Another enjoyable Detective Rebus noval. This is the fourth one I have read. . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Artemis | 11/21/2013

    " I loved this one. Different way of looking at things, mysteries. And there are more than one story tellers! You get confused but in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 11/19/2013

    " weaker than what I hoped for, knowing Rankin from Rebus series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Szegda | 11/17/2013

    " Rankin is one of my favorite mystery writers. His detective, Rebus, is a screw up at everything except police work, and the Glasgow settings and character driven stories are consistently good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Montgomery | 11/14/2013

    " Well crafted, the author layers a plot with many well developed characters. Twists and turns and false leads make this a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Roos | 10/29/2013

    " This was my first experience of John Rankin. It was an excellent read, with a lot of very interesting facts about the anatomists of Edinburgh. The story line is gripping, it is well written and moves fast, and the characterization is credible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 2/16/2013

    " I have a bit of a weakness for Rankin's Rebus novels. Rebus works for me, as he's intelligent, damaged, broken down, and stubborn as hell. Rankin deserves a lot of respect, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Poku | 1/15/2013

    " This was the first Ian Rankin book I ever read. I simply loved his characters and their syntax. After reading this I delved into a number of his inspector rebus books and simply loved them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/30/2012

    " Typical gritty Rebus, loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 10/17/2012

    " This is one of the books in the series that features John Rebus as a Detective Inspector in Edinborough. The charater is about as realistic as it gets in crime fiction. Fun to read with the culture and language of Scotland come right from the Scottish writer. I've read 4 so far and really like them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prather Ann | 8/3/2012

    " I like his boozy detective series with Inspector Rebus, but this book was disappointing-kind of predictable and his writing just gets so much better, later in his career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/26/2012

    " An engaging book as interesting for its mystery as for its portrait of Edinburgh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Gray | 1/28/2012

    " I think this is my favorite Rebus mystery yet! Not predictable with lots of twists and turns that kept me in suspense! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 7/17/2011

    " Oh another policeman who drinks too much and can't let a puzzle go. But the little coffin part was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/21/2011

    " An excellent book. Inspector Rebus makes for a great hero, flawed but human and very believable.The way the author is able to blend characters, geography, mystery, & history is amazing. A strong mystery & thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/8/2011

    " I like the flawed main character, John Rebus. He's an alcoholic, divorced middle aged male who is smart, experienced as a detective and clever. It's a good read. Ian Rankin, author, has many Rebus stories. It's a good one to take on a trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helaine | 1/13/2011

    " Interesting how the TV series had to simplify this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kip | 10/23/2010

    " My first reading of Rankin's Rebus character. As detective stories go, so so. Good characters throughout. Would read more if I came across it, but won't seek it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alwyn | 10/12/2010

    " Overrated. How this book beat OUT (by Kirino) is a great mystery in itself? The only plausible reason is that OUT is not really a mystery book.

    Read Ian Rankin only if you are really into police books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2010

    " It was very good and Rankin is truly a gifted writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/28/2010

    " Recommended by my friend Bo White, this was a great read filled with some dark comedy and Holmes-ian crime mysteries. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably continue making my way through the rest of the Rebus series. "

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

    " Oops, Rebus' temper got the better of him and the force got the better of him by sending him off for anger management classes leaving Siobhan handling the art dealer's murder.

    Rankin has got more twists and turns...and he is just not put-downable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 8/31/2010

    " Enjoyed the book, thought the mystery was well plotted. Liked the Inspector Rebus character. My only complaint is that I picked what turns out to be #13 (I think) in the series and would rather have started with #1. My fault. I'll have to find the earlier ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 7/10/2010

    " Good read, slow moving but interesting in developing the Rebus character, although it appears I am reading him in reverse sequence! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/27/2010

    " I took this as a holiday read and I have to admit that I have seen the TV adaptation of this and it's nothing like the book, (but arent they always). But I like the Rebus Character and love reading these books and it didn't take me long to pile through this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/7/2010

    " How many stars should I give a book that I was too bored to finish? I'm not sure why, but I never connected with this one. The only other "Rebus" one I've read (Knots & Crosses) was pretty "meh" too. "

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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.