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Summary

Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children.

When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew?

As the locals begin a hate campaign, Rebus gets a call from the past: The son of a friend has gone missing, and no one else will make time to ask the right questions. And then a fragment of Scotland's criminal history is repatriated at the end of a life sentence for murder.

Once more Rebus' cup of trouble runneth over, and the ghosts of past misdeeds return to haunt Edinburgh's streets.

©1999 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Vintage Rebus... Rankin on top form

A complex storyline with many devious twists and turns. Edinburgh, again, features heavily with day trips to the Kingdom. The story kept us guessing up to the end but, for us, the best thing about this book is James MacPherson's narration. He is convincing as both male and female characters but his dark, creepy psycho will make your flesh crawl. He brings Rankin's many characters to life.

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took a few chapters but great in the end

I was thinking of giving up on this to begin with. It took a while to get going with information I just wasn't interested in. I'm glad I persisted as in the end I couldn't put it down.

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LIKE A BIT OF REBUS

Would you listen to Dead Souls again? Why?

As I like Ian Rankin and the Rebus character, I did enjoy this. He drinks too much, is cantankerous and would like to cut corners, but in the end he always comes up teumps.

Which character – as performed by James Macpherson – was your favourite?

It was all good. It's what makes the book so easy to listen to,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I don't tend to do that.

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The books in this series just get better!

loved it. what a great book. loads of twists and turns . with multiple storylines happening at the same time. what more could you ask for to keep you alert on a long car journey!!😁

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Worst rebus I heard yet.

Reader ok as usual but the storyline was painful. Too much character description. Two novels in one at least 60% too long.

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Absolute rankine at his very best, wish I could give it six stars. Characters brilliant, with a real flavour of Edinburgh before the parliament. Rebus at his finest .

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Excellent

The narrator complimented the wonderful storyline and despite having read this previously it had a whole new slant with the narrators fantastic performance. Classic Rebus wrestling with his conscience and the recognition that he is no longer as physically strong a man as he once was. Rankin poses questions of the treatment of offenders leading Rebus to consider and reflect.

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Superb!

The best of narrators! Brilliant book! Was gripped. Ian Rankin is one of the best.

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Depressing

A depressing story of paedophiles, a depraved serial killer and the low life of Edinburgh. The excellent narration by James Macpherson was the only redeeming feature.

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Super Performance, Good Plot, Fantastic Characters

This is my tenth Rebus book, I stopped for a month or so halfway through book 9, however, loved Dead Souls (Book 10). Super characters, well read and interesting content. Three stories, (Plots) going on at the same time, so early on I got a little confused with names. i could really connect with the characters and some of the plot lines, so this made it a good read/listen. A few twists, which help make it a good book.

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  • 30-08-16

Didn't grab me

Very long and not very exciting. I really disliked how Carey had it all over the police, especially when he was taken to a supposed kill site and begged to say if he killed the copper's niece. I actually skipped to the next chapter because it was too ridiculous. Have read better

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  • 18-03-16

My favorites. Rankin and Rebus.

Having read the first half of the series in print form, the switch to audio book took some getting used to. Hearing the voices, with the accents chosen by the narrator, was almost jarring at the beginning. However, by the second chapter I had settled in and will finish out the series in audio books. Highly recommended.