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Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Book 18) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Rankin
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The superb No.1 bestseller from 'Britain's best crime novelist' EXPRESS

A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium.

A mother determined to find the truth.

A retired cop desperate to get his old life back...

It's been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back to life, he can't resist the opportunity to get his feet under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke.

All Rebus wants to do is uncover the truth. The big question is: can he be the man he once was and still stay on the right side of the law?

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    Rebus has returned... and it's a treat to welcome him back (THE TIMES)

    Needless to say, Rankin soon - once again - has the bit between his teeth. Rankin, as ever, does this better than most (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

    The prose is as ferocious as ever; the sense of place matchless; this is British crime-writing of the finest, lasting quality. (DAILY MAIL)

    Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives, and his 19th 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)

    Rankin draws us into a thematically rich plot that evolves into a meditation on morality and how best to asses a man's worth... Rebus is one of the most popular fictional characters of our generation. (IRISH TIMES)

    Gritty and hard-hitting, it's the work of a writer at the very top of his game. (SUNDAY MIRROR)

    Ian Rankin's now iconic Rebus series provides a better biography of modern Edinburgh over the past 25 years than almost anything else. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

    Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

    Rebus hasn't changed; he's as sharp, petty, curmudgeonly and likeable as ever. (IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT)

    Rebus is back, in a novel long, meaty and persuasive enough to make up for the years of absence. (Allan Massie SPECTATOR)

    Rankin's dialogue flows so naturally that it's easy to dismiss his subtler gifts; no one captures the bleak grandeur of Scotland, or the mindset of those charged with upholding its law, in quite the same way. (Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES)

    For crime novel aficionados, this year's literary sensation is not 50 Shades of whatever or JK Rowling's non-magical foray into adult fiction. No, it is the return of one of the genre's finest characters; and what a welcome return it is. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

    Auld acquaintance is gleefully renewed when Rankin brings cantankerous John Rebus out of retirement in a civilian role for an Edinburgh cold case team - *9 (RUTLAND TIMES)

    Thrilling, funny and intelligent, this is crime fiction at its best (CATHOLIC HERALD)

    Rebus - and Rankin - are both on top form in this enjoyable detective novel (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST MAGAZINE)

    Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime (David Robinson SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

    Ian Rankin's fiction is as reliable as it is successful, so this installment will thrill his many fans (LITERARY REVIEW)

    An impeccably crafted whodunnit (John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES)

    Now we know retirement has not withered Rebus (Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH)

    Rebus is back and the result is an outstanding whodunit, a book that should be read by anyone wanting to experience the very best of modern crime fiction. It is high praise indeed to suggest that this is the finest book Ian Rankin has ever written: but in our view it is (UNDISCOVEREDSCOTLAND.COM)

    Vintage Rankin... [a] thoroughly absorbing, endlessly twisting tale. I was gripped from first page to last - and so will you be (READER'S DIGEST)

    Vintage Rebus (MORNING STAR)

    A seasonal treat for crime fiction fans (CHOICE)

    Rankin's malcontent still makes for an irresistably morose companion (i)

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    The superb No.1 bestseller from 'Britain's best crime novelist' EXPRESS

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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, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

    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 wife 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
    Standing In Another Man's Grave
    Saints of the Shadow Bible

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

    Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

    Witch Hunt
    Bleeding Hearts
    Blood Hunt

    Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

    The Complaints
    The Impossible Dead

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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the old dog yet 7 Feb. 2013
    "Standing In Another Man's Grave" marks the return of Rankin's best-loved creation John Rebus. After the slight disappointment of his last appearance in "Exit Music", and a string of non-Rebus titles that don't quite cut it in the same way, Rankin perhaps had something to prove by returning to Rebus, but he's come up trumps with this latest title.

    Rebus is now working cold cases, and this sets him on a collision course with a recent MisPer case being worked, in turn allowing the story to bring him into contact with Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox (The Complaints). Interestingly, Rankin captures the essence of changing relationships really well, with the sense that Rebus is considered past it by most people he encounters - even former colleagues who once respected him - and yet he can still get results.

    Although the Rebus/Fox encounter has been played up in some publicity material for the novel, in truth Fox has a minor role, although this is enough to make the reader appreciate just how dull he is in comparision with Rebus. The story of a series of missing persons along the stretch of the A9 going back years is done well, although the plot is not perhaps as strong as the characterisations, and there is something of a rushed, convenient ending in the closing chapters that didn't entirely convince - but it certainly keeps the pages turning.

    Cleverly, Rankin broadens the canvas of the story here, gving Rebus free rein over much of the wider Scottish landscape, perhaps teeing up further stories where he can operate outside of Edinburgh?
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    116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars '...better to be miserable and alive...' 15 Nov. 2012
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    What a joy to have my old friend Rebus back and on top form! For the first (and only!) time in my life I feel I have to thank the government for putting up the retirement age, so giving Ian Rankin this opportunity to resurrect my all time favourite policeman. Curmudgeonly as ever, but with dry sense of humour very much intact, ( a woman with multiple piercings who refuses a drink - 'Pity, I wanted to see if you leak...') Rebus is now working in the cold cases unit. But when a young girl goes missing he makes a connection with a previous disappearance and quickly finds a way to shoehorn himself into the current investigation. The case involves several disappearances all linked to the A9 road, so Rebus is forced to leave his Edinburgh comfort zone and travel into the small towns and rural communities of the north. As he points out, he sometimes feels he's never been this far from a pub in his life.

    The old characters are here - Siobhan, still unable to do the sensible thing and cut her links with her maverick old mentor; Big Ger Cafferty, like Rebus semi-retired, but still with a finger in every criminal pie. But we also meet up with Malcolm Fox of The Complaints - since Rebus has applied to rejoin the force, Fox has been tasked with checking him out and is convinced that his links with Cafferty are a sign of corruption. It's a neat trick of Rankin's to show us Fox from the other side in this book - to Rebus he's the bad guy and it's very enjoyable to see if the old fox can outrun the new one.

    I enjoyed both of the Malcolm Fox books hugely and hope Rankin does more of them, but oh, the pleasure of having Rebus back...I hope the government puts the police retirement age up to eighty! Highly recommended.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have Rebus back! 27 Jan. 2013
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    After a long five year wait Ian Rankin has decided to bring back his most successful creation John Rebus. When I first read the news of Rebus's return I had a little bit of doubt. Could Rankin really pull it off and bring back one of my favourite ever detective and keep the magic of the previous books? Well I am happy to confirm that he most certainly has. Rebus has changed a little in the five years older but not all that wiser Rebus finds himself working in the unsolved crimes unit and drinking with an old enemy, he is also more isolated than maybe ever before, even finding ticket stubs to a concert he had been to previously brings on a dark mood that shows a more vulnerable side. However despite this darker side, the old Rebus soon pops his head up. Approached by a grieving mother and asked to look into the disappearance of her daughter Rebus is soon part of an active inquiry team trying to see if a link between other suspected victims has been missed. This reunites him and Siobhan and soon the magic does flow. I have always considered Rebus and Siobhan to be the best duo in crime fiction and this book reconfirms this for me. The pages that they are both on seem to fly by and the comedy, angst and general fiction that is between them is a highlight of the book. Siobhan is not the only Rankin creation that Rebus interacts with during the book. Fox, the star of Rankin's two complaints novels, makes an appearance and the chance to see Fox through the eyes of someone that he is investigating is fascinating and shocking. I was a big fan of Fox during the two complaints books but found myself disliking him during this book! All in all this was a wonderful read and I am very glad that Rebus is back! I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime genre and am excited for what Ian Rankin has in store for us this year.
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