Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson.
Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide?
His colleagues back then called themselves 'the Saints' and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed, and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner.
Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?
Features a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson.
Read by James MacPherson. James MacPherson played DCI Jardine in Taggart for 16 years and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and ART by Yasmina Reza. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Spoken Word Gold Award for his reading of Strip Jack, a Crimefest Audible UK Sounds of Crime Award for Doors Open and has narrated all the Ian Rankin Rebus books. James lives in Glasgow.
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I'm an avid reader and my choice of books is pretty eclectic. The heavier stuff I still read, but I love audible books for lighter stuff!
I must admit that 'Standing in another man's grave' was a disappointment to me. It didn't feel like Rankin had found the true voices of his separate characters, Rebus and Fox and I found the mix of them both in the same book an uneasy one. It was good, of course, but I just didn't feel it was the top notch story that us Rebus fans had come to expect. Well, Rankin is back with a vengeance! As I progressed through 'The Saints' the book it just got better and better; great plot and twists and turns, but also the interplay between the main characters was a total pleasure.
James MacPherson is 'the' voice when it comes to Rankin books as far as I am concerned - great job as always. So, for anyone who, like me, began to wonder if Rankin was slipping, you really need to listen to this one - you won't be disappointed!
I was looking forward to this book coming out having listed to all of the Ian Rankin series and this latest offering didn't disappoint. Yet again I listened to the audio book last thing at night and whilst getting ready to go to work in the morning. Some books are so enthralling you just want to keep reading and this achieved the audiobook equivalent of just listening to 'one more page'.
An avid "reader" I probably listen to about 2-3 books per week, rather than listen to the radio in the car!
Dark, Funny, Clean
I have to say my favourite character was Siobhan Clarke, she's now Rebus' boss yet the old relationship is as strong as ever and she gives him all the rope he needs to hang himself. Get the feeling there's going to be a relationship down the line with one of the other characters.
Very well read as usual, and there is a very good interview at the end of the book.
I don't think I could listen to this in one sitting, but then I haven't yet listened to a book that I could! I listen to it in the car and always looked forward to getting back to the story though.
Rebus may at last be growing up!! I don't want to spoil it for anyone but there could be some great new stories come out of his latest "friendship" and he appears to be cutting back on the drink too. Can't wait for the next book
marathon listener, very discerning about the narrator quality...
Compelling, thrilling, witty
I like how rebus has been repositioned in an awkward, unstable, position, keen to fight for his worth in the police and at the same time... ever disillusioned. Drawn back to the detective role... long after he knew better...
James Fox is more sympathetic in this story than previous, but his acquiescence into a 'friendship' with Rebus - the enemy - is too swift, too convenient.. the mutual respect too easily given. This is necessary for the plot, but for fans... a bit twee
The past does not lie still...
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
Typical Rankin Rebus
Just a story, well crafted and interesting.
He is Rebus! James who?
Gripping throughout. Sympathy with the character, Rebus, is as strong as ever and we are behind him ever step of the way. The crime and it solution is almost incidental, interesting though it is. I could and did listen to this on its own.
Rankin is always worth listening to. Rebus is always worth listening about. Two out of two is good. Ain't nuthin thought provoking but great entertainment, good characterization, fine pace and . . . . .a really good listen.
This is an excellent story and expertly narrated by James MacPherson.
Saints of the Shadow Bible is a well written novel. Ian Rankin has had the good fortune to have John Rebus reinstated into the Lothian and Borders Police, but now as a DS, with his former DS, Siobhan Clark promoted to DI and therefore his boss. This provides a distinct twist to their working relationship.
James MacPherson is an excellent narrator. His ability to characterise the main players is spot on - his extensive previous extensive experience with the characters allows for a consistency of voice that you don't get when different books in a series are narrated by different performers.
I would have loved to have listened to this book without stopping. I managed to finish it in two days. The story moves well and makes you want to keep listening.
Another excellent addition to the Rebus canon. I know he is approaching retirement Mr Rankin, but please give us at least one more!
Yes, to all who love Rebus but also to fans of Malcolm Fox!!
Return if Rebus as we know him, the interesting dynamics between past and present and the development of Fox's character.
John of course
Malcolm Fox and John Rebus working together, after a fashion. A good mix of old and new policing with the usual Rebus mix of the two. The narration is excellent with a good distinction between Rebus and Fox. However, I would recommend that if you haven't already read both the previous Rebus stories and the Fox ones then it would be worth doing to get the full enjoyment from the book.
A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
Like others it seems I was not overly taken by "Standing in Another Man's Grave", the juxtaposition of the characters just seemed a little awkward to me. This time it felt as if they (or maybe I!) had settled into the new positions and gotten used to them. That aside it's classic Rebus with the "Saints" presented in varied shades of grey throughout so until near the end you were never quite sure about their precise nature.
James McPherson is the definitive Rebus narrator and is excellent throughout. Well worth getting this one!
I have read quite a few of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels and enjoyed them. I only got just over half way through this one and gave up. I found I wasn't interested in what happened to Rebus or the case he was working and felt the author wasn't much interested either. Time to retire the old copper I think.And keep him retired this time! The case was uninteresting and we follow the police as they "plod" along, slowly, slowly putting the pieces together. There is very little action, just a lot of dialogue with Rebus meeting up with his old cronies who may or may not be involved in a crime. Frankly, I couldn't have cared less.The pace is too slow and the characters are not that interesting. Rebus has lost his appeal and it seems, his volatile personality. Perhaps the second half of the book really speeds up and offers some excitement but I prefer to give up and move on to something more interesting. If you like a good crime novel then I would recommend Ken Bruen. His books are faster paced, witty, gritty and full of interesting characters. My only complaint is that the Ken Bruen books are too short
"Narrator changed everything for me,"
Couldn't get into it like previous editions.... OK but not great. Preferred previous narrator.
"Great for background story whil diy or car journey"
Great for background story wile diy or car journey. We really like narration and quite like the story. It was nice and easy to listen, quite nice to match the places where action take place with familiar places in Edinburgh.
"More Rankin and Rebus"
The reader is a genuine pleasure to listen to.
No. But the plot never does in Rankin's books. These are guilty pleasure reading, and perfect for comfortable listening or reading with a cup of hot chocolate on snowy day.
I don't have a favorite. I just like MacPherson's work.
No, but that's rarely the case anyways.
If you like Rankin, and if you like his Rebus novel you can't go wrong with this one. On the other hand this is a terrible, terrible place to start reading Rankin's book.
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