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Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus Mysteries) [Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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16 Sep 2008 Inspector Rebus Mysteries (Book 2)
Inspector John Rebus is the investigative officer in this crime thriller set in Edinburgh. Ian Rankin is the author of "Knots and Crosses", "Watchman", "Westwind" and "The Flood".
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312536930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312536930
  • ASIN: 0312536933
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,875,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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The 2nd Inspector Rebus novel from 'arguably Scotland's finest living writer' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University. A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisting, dark, complex; impossible to put down 16 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Expertly written, Rankin intertwines the plot with the development of the characters, creating a sense of "real time" and suspense often so lacking in other mysteries. The reader is left in as much suspense and doubt as Rebus, waiting for the case to be solved. Even if you suspect who's involved in the crime, the complexity of the plot will surprise you and is tantalisingly held back by Rankin until the final pages. I recommend reading "Knots & Crosses" (also superb) first though as some of this story is referred to in "Hide & Seek".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Step Up 18 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Now that Rebus is no longer a one-note man with a buried secret, his character opens up considerably. He still suffers from under-development, remaining for the time being a walking check-list of character traits from other books, but it's starting to become more organic, with signs that the author is beginning to see a difference between his lead and others. Edinburgh is better used here too, as its grubbier outskirts are tentatively explored. Suddenly, the series starts to look interesting. There are still downsides, the plot being the main one. Although it begins in an intriguing fashion, with Rebus the only officer on the force interested in a murder among the city's dispossessed, the conclusion is a little ludicrous.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I am a big fan of Rebus - and of anything Ian Rankin writes. Rebus is a believable cop - with lots of personality quirks and a not-so-perfect "home" life. The descriptions of his work environment and the politics involved in being a cop (in any country) are dead-on. Scotland comes alive - its weather, moods, citizens, crime. I highly recommend this book to any reader who is looking for something deep, different, and compelling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Step Forward 1 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
This is the second book Ian Rankin's inspector Rebus series. I am a big fan of the whole series of books (which now runs to over a dozen books) and this is a good book, a significant step forward from the first book.
The series...
...each of the books in the Rebus series is self-contained (in the sense that it deals with a case or group of cases) but there is significant character development through the series and it is best to read them in order (obviously starting at the beginning). Ian Rankin is much better writer than the average crime writer. He has a number of strengths that make the Rebus series the most enjoyable contemporary crime series. Rankin's strengths include strong story telling, the ability to conjure up imagery quickly and effectively, strong characterisation and an excellent sense of place (he is particularly interested in exposing the seedy underbelly of Edinburgh). He writes well and does not rely on local patois or dialect (unlike Irvine Welch for example) - this has the advantage of making the books easier to read but it does lead to the sense of place occasionally faltering. For me, he is the best British crime writer, almost in the same league as Thomas Harris and James Ellroy. One of the strengths of the series is the central character, John Rebus. He is an interesting, flawed man - with a failed marriage behind him, a rather distant teenage daughter he barely knows, a traumatic military career (ultimately in the SAS) and something of a drinking problem. He is a curmudgeon - he has problems with dealing with authority but also expects absolute respect from the people below him in the hierarchy. He is not a team player, he likes to work alone and keep secrets. Despite all these flaws his passion, drive and humanity make him a sympathetic character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unsatisfying 4 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It feels rushed at the end, with the feeling of waiting for a sequel rather a satisfying conclusion. I read this straight after finishing Knot and Crosses. I won't be rushing to buy another Rebus novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Hide and Seek is the second book in Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series, in which the detective finds himself drawn into the mystery of a body found beneath a pentagram. As the author himself admits in my copy's introduction, there are some rough edges and the central character has a number of traits that seem unusual given his biography.

The plot is surprisingly basic compared to the psychological depth of the first book, Knots & Crosses, although red herrings provide a semblance of complexity. I found the ending surprisingly weak, and though it was believable I thought there was plenty more that could have been explored.

Rebus is the only character that we deal with in great depth, and I found him to have been toned down since the first novel. Similarly the other characters have less development, although with some there is the hint that they are being introduced as regulars to be used again in future. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Rebus and his 'sidekick', Brian Holmes, with what looks to be becoming a classic relationship based on not talking to one another.

I have enjoyed this book, which is slightly different in tone to some of the 'lighter' crime fiction I have been reading recently, and am looking forward to seeing how the characters develop over the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, HIGHLY RECCOMEND 13 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This story gets the reader on board very early, taking you on a journey to an Edinburgh where Rebus for all his failings can do little wrong when it comes to slowly but meticulously solving a potential crime. The quality of writing is hugely improved from knots and crosses(book 1).

Personally i have only began reading this genre since getting a kindle, following advice from reviewers i went to the start of this series after beginning with black and blue. This appears to be justified as even in the first two stories there are back references which are proceeding logically throughout.

The main character is becoming likeable, complicated, committed and even funny at times in the book resulting in laugh out loud moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rebus
Rankin never lets you down, although having come to later Rebus novels first some of the subtle changes in the Rebus character over the years grate a bit. Read more
Published 16 days ago by JohnT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
VERY GOOD AGREAT READ
Published 18 days ago by milne
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin and am ...
I love the John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin and am making my way through the series.
Published 27 days ago by nickie
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebus is becoming my addication
Having never read any Rankin I thought I should start at the beginning and work my way through chronologically. Read more
Published 1 month ago by martin9325
5.0 out of 5 stars Hide And Seek
A very gripping book to hold you in a world of crime To see how the minds of both criminal and the police work.
Published 1 month ago by DavidH
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but not as good as others
I like Ian Rankin, having started at his later ones and really enjoyed them, and now gone back to read them chronologically. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pjh
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!!
I just cant put this book down, I think it it great and I have a lot of rankin but this is one of his best. thanks
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. Mcguire
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good rebus book
good plot that got u guessing right until the end

- frustrating conclusion for the reader and rebus but prob true enough!
Published 4 months ago by gemmell
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable crime mystery, but not the place to start Rebus.
This is the second Inspector Rebus book, and the second I have read. Bizarrely, I’m reading them backwards from 3 to 1, then maybe I’ll get to 4 and be in the right order. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Quetzalcoatl78
4.0 out of 5 stars What I thought of hide n seek
Good thought out murder story with a couple of twists I did not expect very enjoyable read will read more
Published 7 months ago by erichsachs erich sachs
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