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Hide and Seek Hardcover – Large Print, 3 Dec 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Windsor; Large Print edition edition (3 Dec. 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1405617128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405617123
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,737,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today." - Michael Connelly "A superior series." - The New York Times Book Review "Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." - The Boston Globe "A novelist of great scope, depth, and power." - Jonathan Kellerman

Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. "Michael Connelly"

A superior series. "The New York Times Book Review"

Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong. "The Boston Globe"

A novelist of great scope, depth, and power. "Jonathan Kellerman"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second Inspector Rebus novel from bestseller Ian Rankin. Abridged edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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This is the second Rebus book I've read and I still found difficulty in liking any of the characters. Especially Rebus and his private life. The story was barely creditable. I won't be getting any more.
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By Tim Roast VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2006
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This is the second of the Rebus novels and is definitely more accomplished than the first. The writing is more in line with the later novels and the storyline isn't a simple. However I was not very satisfied with the way things came together in the end. It was all too bitty for me and not as streamlined as in the later books. Also the one-liners aren't as prevalent. But this only goes to show that over time Ian Rankin has been able to develop his writing skills and the Rebus character.

Also this is the first of the Rebus novels to split the chapters by day which I think works really well in all the Rebus novels I have seen it in.

Lastly in the recent reprints Rankin has written a little introduction just setting the scene of what influenced the book and so forth which is interesting as are his introductions in the other books I have read.
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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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Four and half stars, not quite as good as Knots and Crosses, but only the second Rebus book, I am glad that Rankin did not kill off Rebus as he thought of doing in book one. I shall be slowly reading the whole series as I cannot believe that this writer will let me down in my enjoyment of reading.
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Ian Rankin is a fine writer. Start with the first Rebus novel, Knots and Crosses, and work your way though the whole Rebus series. When you reach the end go back and start again, they're that good. Thank you Mr. Rankin for the hours of sheer delight. Long may Rebus reign!
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Enjoyable book,good story enhanced by the Edinburgh background.Inspector Rebus is an interesting and complex character,also a touch of humour helps the narrative along nicely.My second Rebus and intend to read more.Glad I finally discovered Rankin.
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