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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: James Gale Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781594838798
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The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty—except one. John Rebus’ reputation precedes him, and his bosses don’t want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he’s manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only seventy-two hours to find the answers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rankin just gets better. The topicality and eye for detail are awesome.” 

    Observer (London)

  • “Masterly…Ian Rankin’s finest novel.” 

    Scotsman

  • “James Gale proves an excellent choice to narrate this latest entry to the long-running Inspector Rebus series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gale easily swings into a number of accents, leads listeners through the melange of politics and suspense, and keeps the many characters sorted out.”  

    Audiofile

  • “Required reading for crime-fiction followers.”

    Booklist 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/14/2014

    " Rankin and Co.set in 2005 during the G8 summit. What I love about this series is that it weaves very different plot threads together without the result feeling pat. One more Rankin to go. Sigh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaylol | 2/7/2014

    " Thinking back the story was good. The characters are good. The plot is good. But for some reason it took me ages to read it. It wasn't entertaining enough to get me hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 1/27/2014

    " An excellent late entry in Rankin's mystery series starring Scottish detective John Rebus. The mysteries (the death of an MP and triple homicide in which all the victims are sex offenders) are set against the background of the 2005 G8 conference in Scotland and the London subway bombings. As the leaders of the free world pose for photos and meet in security-coated luxury Rebus and his partner Det. Clarke struggle on despite opposition from higher-ups. Rebus, divorced and a heavy drinker, is as much of a mess as ever but his doggedness is a big part of his charm. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CS | 1/22/2014

    " It was fun to hear the accents on this since I listened to it, but I never really got into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 1/22/2014

    " Way-y-y-y too many coincidences, but I really enjoyed this meaty character-driven mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/12/2014

    " Pretty good book by Ranking. Unfortunately, this series is a victim of its own success. The book would be much less entertaining for someone who hasn't followed Rebus's adventures from the beginning "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giles Diggle | 1/11/2014

    " I have always found the Rebus novels dull up until this point, but this one with the background to the G8 summit more engaging. However, I do find the references to rock songs and bands irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Jones | 12/15/2013

    " argh, I ate the whole bag...again...as far as the Rebus mysteries go, this one felt kind of bloated. Not his best, but even his mediocre is better than most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 11/22/2013

    " He is a great detective writer. His hero Rebus is a character who is all too human and very likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 10/3/2013

    " interesting - went on too long - ending bit of a let down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 9/22/2013

    " This will not go down for me as one of the more enjoyable Rebus thrillers. It was overlong - losing all sense of intrigue and urgency as it rambled about from music festival to police station to pub. Had it been edited down by about 150 pages the story would have held together quite well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Artemis | 8/2/2013

    " This was the worst book of his that I have ever read. It is a bad idea to mix politics with crime. There was no emphasis on either. I didn't ge the whole point of the book. I would need to get my history and my crime separate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary rith | 10/27/2012

    " Good reads confuses me. I actually read and loved Exit Music by rankin but cannot find it.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/5/2012

    " Good stuff, expands Siobhan's character a bit. Not quite as riveting as the stunning "Exit Music," but solid Rankin/Rebus and a nice interweaving of stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/14/2011

    " Good for a murder mystery genre, like the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 8/25/2011

    " Love Ian Rankin and this one is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Thielen | 6/30/2011

    " I don't usually read this author, but this story which takes place during a G8 meeting in Edinburgh with the dynamic between the police and the protesters was really well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/6/2011

    " Classic Rebus and good suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/26/2010

    " Loved this book it was a birthday gift and I read it almost non stop it's another Rankin masterpiece, I really enjoy the stories with the grumpy cynical DI John Rebus and this book didn't dissapoint. Could have been complicated and then for me boring but it all followed on and flowed so well. "

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

    " Local and international politics and a side of terrorism invade Scotland...and Rebus is out of the picture. Or is he?

    Rebus finds new ways to break the rules with his cohort in ... policing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 8/19/2010

    " Enjoyed this a lot. I had actually seen the TV version of this book already, but it didn't spoil the story. As you would expect there are a few more intricacies in the book which the TV show had skipped over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 8/2/2010

    " This book goes on and on and on... You get the picture. I've almost finished it, so I'll plow on to the very end to find who the serial killer is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jglhome | 6/27/2010

    " A really intelligent mystery series about a hardened lonely Edinburgh Detective Investigator, John Rebus. This one is particularly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/10/2010

    " Wow. What an accent the reader had. It was an abridged version and between the accent and possibly missing a bit here and there with the abridgement it wasn't all that good a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/10/2010

    " Almost engaging. Normally don't bother finishing a 3 star but since this was set in Edinbourgh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 5/22/2010

    " Listened. Good recording! I've now "read" the last 2 in the series and wish I had discovered it sooner. Might have to loop back. Complex mystery with some depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/30/2010

    " This was a book on CD and I've already forgotten what it was about. "

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