The 2nd Inspector Rebus novel from 'arguably Scotland's finest living writer' (The Times)
A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above.
Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind.
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It was steady. An improvement on book one.
I don't remember any
I enjoyed hearing the author at the start
"skip the unabridged"
If this is a good novel, the abrgdgement spoils it. I suspect the best part of the tale was in the details - otherwise it's bit of a tired plot.
I wanted to start at the beginning of the Rebus novels to get a better handle on the character, but from Rankin's spoken preface, I'd say this novel would not have helped, even if it were unabridged. The unabridged first in the series, Knots and Crosses, was a good listen, however, with superior narration.
"Loved book, love the author. HATE abridged books"
I hate abridged books because I want to choose for myself whether or not to skip certain parts of a book. Many times I make a choice to skip places in books, but I want that choice to be mine. It angers me to have someone else make the editing decisions as to what parts are essential to the story and which are not. Since I was unable to find a non-abridged audio version anywhere...at any price, I actually got the print book to see what I missed. When I read the print version, it was apparent that the cuts were mostly to the male/female relationship interplay scenes. Given the choice, I would have chosen to hear those and skip some of the violence, but those who feel differently should be able to do their own editing too. Abridging also insults the author, and Ian Rankin is much to good an author to have that done to him.
John Rebus is smart, funny, imperfect, and very real. I'd invite him to share my dinner table anytime.
The accents, the slang, and the banter between characters. That's why I bought and listened to the audio version despite my aversion to abridged books.
I don't care. I don't like movies especially movies based on books. It's just another example of someone else editing for me. I like audio-books better. I like to imagine my own characters.
Please...... offer non-abridged versions along with abridged versions of Audible books. Very frustrating.
"Ian Rankin writes with bare knuckles"
Ian Rankin's characters are so believable because they are, like all of us, so flawed while at the same time trying to be so decent. You do not so much as empathize with them as identify with them and the never ending struggle to be decent in an indecent world. Hide and Seek was no exception and whether you are a devoted fan or a new comer you will be very very pleased with his effort here. Thank you Ian and just keep writing. You help your readers to be a little more human and you can't ask for more from a book.
Rankin writes with bare knuckles so every character hits you like a body blow but I always come back to Rebus with all of his virtues and all of his flaws as my favorite
Not a bloody thing.
You write them Ian and I'll read them. Thanks pal.
"Can do better"
Rankin can and does do better in his later books. This one is uneven in pace and plot, though still full of wonderful incident and character.
"Unique Scotland location and makes this a standout"
Scotland and it's damp dreariness really brought a unique quality to this detective story. I feel like I haven't found characters quite like the ones in this book so the sense of discovery was gratifying. Narration was well suited and gritty lending good atmosphere to this Scottish detective series by making it sound more hard boiled.
I'd like to try more in his series because of the uniqueness of the locale. I was a bit let down by the small time crime at the heart of the story. I am not sure why the author felt it necessary to include a forward that was more of a disclaimer about how he's a better writer now and that the early books aren't fully formed or strong. That just makes you sorry you got the book at all.
Scotland's dark side just turned deadly.
Probably not, the plot line was kind of predictable.
No, I'll always love mysteries.
The voices (Scottish and English accents) sounded odd and were difficult to understand at times. I don't think the actor's put enough acting into the reading, it sounded kind of dull.
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