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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312653514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312653514
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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"A...but beautifully written series." -- "The New York Times Book Review"


A...but beautifully written series. "The New York Times Book Review""

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Twelve Inspector Rebus mysteries from the award-winning, No.1 bestselling author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A collection of short stories is an excellent way to be introduced to an author, and this collection should net Ian Rankin many, many new readers.
Such an edition as this is rather a throw-back to those good-old 'golden' days of the great mystery writers, such as Dame Agatha, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout and many others who regularly wrote short stories along with their full-length novels. Eventually, when a dozen or so of these little gems had accrued in the author's basket, they would be brought out in their own separate volume. Many of these collections are as well known as the authors' full-length novels.
Following this lead, Mr. Rankin displays a sure touch with this batch of shorter stories, all of which feature Detective Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police force. There are other continuing characters as well, who surface here or there, providing a spot of humor or compassion or just camaraderie.
I'd not read anthing by Mr. Rankin before finding this book. That situation is about to be remedied as I go looking for "Knots and Crosses" to begin at the beginning of the Inspector Rebus tales. I would highly recommend a similar path to any other devoted readers of mystery novels, especially those who treasure a setting that's nearly part of the plot, characters with whom one can practically form a friendship, and above all, exellent writing.
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Perfect as a first Rankin book and introduction to Rebus, or for a quick fix of excellent stories when you're too busy to spend 10 hours with a Rankin novel that you just can't put down.
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2008
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"A Good Hanging" is a moderately entertaining collection of short stories about Ian Rankin's Edinburgh based Detective Inspector Rebus. Many of them are like little potted versions of the Rebus novels with the labyrinthine plotting expunged and the denouements shortened. Some of the stories are better than others with my personal favourites being "Not Provan" set against the background of a Hearts football match and "The Gentlemen's Club" ,a tragic tale of illicit lust amongst privileged teenage girls.
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If you are an Ian Rankin fan who finds it hard to put down his books then this is the one for you. There is a nice mixture of short stories so you can put the book down to do essential chores! As usual the style, delivery and content cannot fail to please.
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A decent collection of short stories. Some of these stories really fascinated me, but unfortunately not the majority of them. Those that did certainly did make me want to delve deeper into the story, especially the title story which was my favourite from the collection. All round, the stories were of good quality and did have a certain Scottish authenticity. I didn't find myself loving or loathing Rebus, but he was a very realistic character. The stories were good for a quick read - I'm not sure I'd have liked most o them if they had been full length, though. I'd be interested in reading more of Rankin's works.
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Having read a number of the Rebus novels I was worried that Rebus in short story form would not be as entertaining. I am glad
to say such worries were groundless; these stories are excellent examples of short story writting and retain the flavour of the novels.
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"A Good Hanging," (1992) is a collection of twelve taut, tight short stories, in the Detective Chief Inspector John Rebus series, by the outstanding, award-winning, author Ian Rankin, currently the best-selling author of British mysteries in the United Kingdom. It can, like most of his work, be described as a police procedural, within the tartan noir school, and it is set in Edinburgh, more or less Rankin's home town. Mind you, it surely isn't the tourists' Edinburgh, with its tartan tea rooms and cobbled streets: Rankin takes readers to far meaner streets than any tourists will ever see. Within the book's pages we see many of the city's anonymous middle-class neighborhoods, and its slums. We also meet blackmailers, peeping toms, and a satisfying quotient of murderers.

However, the stories, well-done as they are, do rather lack the author's usual vibrant commentary on the city of Edinburgh, and on Scots weather, food preferences, social habits, etc. that I always so much enjoy. But, mind you, the book is still written with power, wit and energy. The stories also lack the emotional heft that would make them memorable. Only "The Dean Curse," about a retired army man, evidently written as a comment upon Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse (Crime Masterworks); and the title story, about a troupe of green young actors in Edinburgh for its famous annual drama festival, actually get any traction. I must also add that these short stories do not show the playful audacious invention of Irvine Welsh's Reheated Cabbage.
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Sadly I read this as my last Rebus Novel.I awaited its arrival hungry for the chance to steep myself in the Rebus world....for the last time....except that it isn't a Rebus,its a collection of very short Rebus stories.Sadly the short story format denies one the key entry into John's private life and even much in the way of of his hourly/daily working interaction.No Clarke.
The format was a big disappointment
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