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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883618
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,736 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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Ian Rankin's ninth book about Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police is so full of story that it seems about to explode into shapeless anarchy at any moment. What keeps it from doing so is Rankin's strong heart and even stronger writing skills. When a Bosnian prostitute refuses to testify against a crime boss who has threatened her family, he says this about the cops trying to pressure her: "Silence in the room. They were all looking at her. Four men, men with jobs, family ties, men with lives of their own. In the scheme of things, they seldom realised how well off they were. And now they realised something else: how helpless they were."

Rebus is trying to help the young woman--renamed Candice by the young, slick, brutal thug Tommy Telford, who is into everything from drugs and prostitution to aiding a Japanese business syndicate in acquiring a local golf course-- because she's about the same age and physical aspect as his own daughter, Sammy. He's also conducting the investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal, an old man who spends his time tending graves in Warriston cemetery. "A cemetery should have been about death, but Warriston didn't feel that way to Rebus. Much of it resembled a rambling ark into which some statuary had been dropped," Rankin writes with the icy clarity of cold water over stone.

Add to this Rebus's involvement with an imprisoned crime boss in a plan to bring Telford down; his continuing battle with drink; the strong possibility that people high up in the British Government don't want the old Nazi exposed; danger to Sammy and her journalist lover because of her father's work, and a somewhat strained metaphor of Edinburgh as a new Babylon and you have an admittedly large pot of stew. But Rankin's high art keeps it all bubbling and rich with flavour. Others in the Rebus series include his 1997 Edgar Award-nominated Black and Blue, as well as Hide and Seek, Knots and Crosses,, Let It Bleed, Mortal Causes, Strip Jack, and Tooth and Nail. --Dick Adler, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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They call his work crime fiction, but the adjective is superfluous ... these novels are totally absorbing. Once I start reading one, all else goes by the board till I have finished it (SPECTATOR)

A master in his field (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

Rankin is without doubt Britain's best crime novelist (DAILY EXPRESS) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2009
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Whilst working on an old World War 2 crime, John Rebus gets wrapped up in one of the worst gang wars in Edinburgh after his daughter is involved in a hit and run, leaving her in a coma. Rebus does everything he can, including turning to crime boss `Big Ger' Cafferty for help, to take down a new-comer on the gang scene, Tommy Telford.

I've read all of the Rebus books and this is without a doubt one of the most exciting and most multi-layered of them all. So much is going on the whole time with so many great characters that it doesn't have chance to slow down for a single paragraph. Some old faces return as well as some new ones (which are in later novels) are introduced. Rebus' character really evolves in this novel, showing more of his family background and his love for his daughter Sammy as well as being more passionate than ever to stop a gang war getting out of control. THE HANGING GARDEN is a very fluid and easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and look forward to reading the next in the series now. Although there are many excellent British crime authors about these days such as Simon Beckett and Mark Billingham, it's books like this one that really prove that Ian Rankin is the best of them all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed Taylor on 30 July 2007
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This is not the best book ever written but it is typically Rebus and if you are picking up Rebus for the first time there is sufficient character description to enable you to identify with Rebus. Yes, he is grim and humourless but the book shows his relationship both past and present with his daughter, Sammy and when she is apparently the victim of a hit and run the plot begins to unfold. Introducing Joseph Linz (or Linzstek) as an SS nazi war criminal, Tommy Telford and "Big Ger" Cafferty as warring gang leaders assisted by Cherchian and Yakuza mobsters running drug running, smuggling, property fraud and prostitution, Candice the girl who tragically resembles his daughter Sammy and finally with Sammy's life hanging in the balance the reconciliation with Patience and Rhona. Mix all those ingredients, simmer and add an explosive end using Rebus's old pal Jack Morton in an ill prepared undercover operation and you have "The Hanging Garden". An excellent partner to "Dead Souls" - but read this one first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Dickson on 17 May 2013
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BEWARE - CONTAINS SPOILERS

These are so much more than detective/crime fiction. Although the plot was multilayered and intriguing that isn't all that is on offer here. We are learning so very much about Rebus, he is so very fractured and disturbed as a father a husband/boyfriend and friend. He feel things deeply and he mourns and bleeds on such a human level. SPOILER He is beaten up yet again in this one, poor thing, but his anguish when his daughter is injured and his guilt in dealing with his wife touched me deeply.

I was fascinated by the historical side of this - The rat line and so on and it made me think deeply about the politics of conflict and peace and what will be done by (possibly) unscrupulous governments. It is amazing to me how these have moved on from the very first book about a copper. I am looking forward to the next.
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Ian Rankin's series about Inspector Rebus continues to grow better and better. In this, the ninth book, things become personal (again) for the detective as his daughter becomes part of a case (again) and he becomes embroiled in a gang war (again?).

It's been eight months since I read the previous book, which may have been a little long as I felt a little trepidations going in to this one. Although I remembered really loving Black and Blue, the first few chapters of this book didn't suck me in, and in fact confused me quite a lot that I then had to go back and re-read some of them a little later to try to work out what had happened - even after that, I was halfway through before the narrative finally started to make sense. Once I was back to my normal commute after the Christmas break through I found I got really into this book and once again found it absolutely fantastic.

I think what I love the most about the world that Rankin creates is the detail of the texture. It's not just about a policeman investigating a case - so much of what's happened before is still hanging over the character and influencing things. There are recurring characters that don't exist just to set the scene but novel after novel continue to have real effect on character and events. I look forward to this continuing and being built upon further in later novels.

The one thing that I did find niggled is Rankin's tendency to have a gimmick in his stories. This time, Rebus has developed a fixation on song titles, and keeps likening events and things people say to them. To me (and perhaps because I'm the wrong generation to know the music) this felt awkward and weird and distracted from the story rather than enhance it.

Overall though another great book in the series, and one I would definitely recommend. Having said that though I suspect it wouldn't have been so great if I hadn't read the previous books and already grown to enjoy and know the character.
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By pphillips on 5 April 2014
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The Hanging Gardens is the ninth Ian Rankin book to feature his Detective John Rebus and it is by far the most personal book yet for Rebus.

Right from the start this book features a John Rebus unlike any other in the series so far. The effects of the last book Black And Blue: An Inspector Rebus Novel 8 are evident as Rebus is still off the booze and despite the still making regular trips to The Oxford bar for the company and the emergency bottle of whiskey he keeps around Rebus is staying strong and resisting temptation.

He is also trying to rebuild his relationship with his daughter Sammy. Indeed one of the main plots of the book is Rebus trying to deal with a hit and run that leaves his daughter unconscious and in hospital. Visits from his ex-wife and his ex-girlfriend cause the ghosts of his past to come back to haunt him. The question of how far he will go to get the answer of who ran his daughter over and why is one that hangs over John Rebus in this book.

Overall this is another fantastic book in the John Rebus series. The World War Two war criminal that he is investigating, the prostitution and gangster storyline that all run alongside and at times overlap with the Sammy story are also wonderfully strong.

Two Edinburgh gangsters are playing a game of one-upmanship with each other. Tommy Telford is a young and dangerous gangster that wants the power and prestige that comes with taking over from the older and incarcerated Caferty.
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