Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man's Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium.
The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.
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 ofStrip 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.
©2012 John Rebus Ltd (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
"Great - In Parts!"
Great to see Rebus back. Was really looking forward to this one. Didn't quite live up to my expectations. Same old cantankerous Rebus and the author has great fun with the character as usual. Great plot too but, for me, the key connections identifying the baddie were less than convincing and spoiled the storyline a little.
If this book were Christmas hamper it would be 95% packaging and 5% content. The author seems mostly focused on what people are 1. Eating 2. Drinking 3. Thinking to themselves. None of which has anything to do with the plot. It takes far too long to get to the end and when you do it is a big disappoint. Sorry Ian: you must do better next time.
The plot was as good and as downbeat, as whisky-soaked and tobacco-stained as any Ian Rankin but as soon as I started listening I remembered this narrator's irritating habit of pausing after he said 'Rebus' which he seemed to do every single time and after a while this started getting in the way of the plot which was a shame because otherwise his accents and reading was good.
Rebus is from Fife and the series is very much East of Scotland focused. To have a former star of Taggart read and interpret this book in a West of Scotland accent does not work. The readers style is slow and boring, I only suffered a couple of chapters and decided just to read the book. As an ex L & B Police Officer, I have some insight and hear Rebus in a different Scots dialogue.
"Good book spoiled by terrible narrator"
Found the narration irritating and distracting. While voicing characters ( ie acting) he was fine, but when reading the narrative, he read like an adolescent trying to impress the teacher, with 'dramatic' pauses in all the wrong places, especially when a a character name was the first word of a sentence. Did no-one listen to this before publishing? Really, Mr Rankin, you ought to respect your listeners as much as your readers and edit your audiobooks - I can't imagine you would have let this one actually be subjected to your public if you had heard it first....
This i another great Rebus read. It has a the usual characters and comments, reassuring and enjyable
"Standing in another mans grave"
This is a must read which I recommend to all those out there who love to read anything from the pen of Ian Rankin,this was my first "enjoyed every minute"
"Great return for Rebus"
Rebus is back in his usual contradictory style where it seems that pretty much any means justify getting an end result. I really enjoyed this return for Rebus although it took my husband (another Rebus fan) longer to get into the story. This unabridged version warrants a bit of a longer stint listening at the beginning to really get into the story but once you do the case is intriguing with many twists and turns while you also get to spend a bit more time with Rebus and his friends...and enemies!
Really enjoyed this Rebus audio book and found myself not wanting to turn it off. I found the narrator very easy to follow. I found the story line to be very interesting to follow and although sometimes I could predict things that would happen this was in a way that made me smile and not in a cheesy way where you think we could all see that coming!! if that makes sense??
"Welcome back Rebus"
Rebus is back as large as life and twice as awkward, whatever have the police been doing without him! It was such a treat to have a new Rebus novel I really hope Ian Rankin is going to allow him to get back on the force, their detection rate will rise but at a cost.
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