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A Cool Head

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks (5 July 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1407438913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407438917
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,011,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Gravy worked in the graveyard - hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn't recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun... This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.


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By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
Although this Quick Read is only about 100 pages, it's long enough to display Rankin's excellence in building an intricate plot, developing fascinating characters, and holding the reader's attention; as ever, his prose is rich, readable, and well paced. The story involves a character, Gravy, who inadvertently gets caught up in a complex series of events involving various prominent members of the local underworld, as well as a few prominent figures in the community. His friend Benjy has been shot and entrusts his gun to Gravy, who inadvertently becomes a target of the local crime boss.

Rankin presents the story in short chapters, each from a different viewpoint, which achieves a great sense of pace and excitement, while they're short enough that jumping back and forth between different characters isn't a problem. The conclusion is stark, almost understated, and typical Rankin.

If you don't already know Rankin's work, this is a great way in and should prove a great encouragement to explore his DI Rebus series. For Rankin aficionados, although it's short, it's a must-have!
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I bought this book by accident when shopping for e-books for my new e-reader and as a result I had absolutely no idea what to expect from it.

What did I find?

Well, the book is very short so I was anticipating a story with a rapid pace and an engrossing plot. And to be fair, that was what I got. The story takes off from the first page and involves gangland murder and dirty money. An innocent young man with learning difficulties is caught up in the middle of this affair and it was both interesting and at times heart rendering to see the world through his eyes.

Not a lot more can be said about this book without giving the game away. I would therefore recommend it to anyone in need of a very quick read involving the criminal underworld.
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I have read all of Rankins Rebis books and am a fan of his style of writing.

I did enjoy the book as it was fast paced and had some interesting characters. The format however meant it lacked depth in the characters which is usually a real strength of Rankin. I also felt the ending was a bit weak and sudden, almost as if to keep it to a shorter format it had just had a bit chopped off.

It is good and I suppose as I am already a Rankin fan it was not really aimed at me.

However it was a good light book and what it said on the tin a quick read.
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This is first time I have read an Ian Rankin book. I thought I would try a short novel and although the quality of the writing did not overwelm me at first, I found the characterisation very good and was soon drawn into the storey and was a little disappointed when it finished. I am not an avid crime reader but I will certainly try another of Mr Rankins books and would recommend to anyone like myself who wants to try crime fiction.
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an ideal crime story to take to
bed and finish it in one reading
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This is a good short story which I would recommend to a young teenager or someone who is a reluctant reader . It has all the narrative excitement one expects from Rankin whilst remaining uncluttered by extra detail or the descriptions of a full-length detective novel. It is a bit spare for a more sophisticated reader but for a thirteen -year old it is excellent as a starter thriller.
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Even though it may be short it's Rankin from start to finish!Great read just wish it was longer as I finished it far too quickly,you just keep turning the page to find out what's going to happen next and that's what Ian Rankin is so good at he hooks you from page one.
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By pashor VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2014
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I like to read Rankin books and like his characters,especially in the Rebus series,all well matched and thought out,this book is short but there is a trend now,especially with the ebook era,to have these short snap books,having read 'The long walk home'I am erring to the new trend.This is a good Rankin novel which does not give the end away,and is not too easy to work out&fast paced.
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