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Summary

An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack or something else? Rebus is drawn into the case but has other problems: his old police station has closed, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. As Rebus investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers' detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld and maybe even fall in love....

Siobhan has problems of her own. A teenager has disappeared from home, and Siobhan is drawn into helping the family, which means travelling too close to the web of a convicted rapist. Then there are two skeletons - a woman and an infant - found buried beneath a concrete cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. The scene begins to look like an elaborate stunt - but whose and for what purpose? And how can it tie to the murder on the unforgiving housing scheme known as Knoxland?

©2004 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Another good book

The narrator as always brought the book to life, His performance was A+++ .Story clever

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The first Rebus I have not liked

A rambling tale that completely lost its way. At least two hours of predictable political views on the asylum situation while the plot remained stationary. James Macpherson is generally good but sometimes sounds like Ken Bruce from Radio 2 and I half expected a round of Popmasters. This is the first Rebus I have not liked - hopefully it is a blip.

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Great Tale.

I really liked the two linked Storylines and as always James Macpherson's narration is terrific.

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Disappointed in this one

I’ve listened to around 13 Rebus books so far and Love the series and the characters but this one just didn’t work for me. I found the story too disjointed and there was too much Shiv and not enough Rebus.

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I love the Rebus stories and unabridged are best.

Cannot fault the story (usual high Rankin quality) but not always happy with Cotcher's accents. He does Edinburgh fine but Brummie, London and Aussie are less believable. Far and away the best Rebus reader is James McPherson in my opinion.

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Love Rebus

This is another classic rebus novel, really enjoyed the 2 independent stories going on at once and how they stories end up coming together.

Enthralling and good narration.

Definitely worth a listen if you like Rebus.

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Gripping

Rebus at his best and the vocalisation of Tom Cotcher surpasses any other reader I have heard so far

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Classic Rebus

As usual Rankin starts off with what you assume to be a fairly straight forward murder but the plot soon twists and turns and you wonder where it's all going to go. Again, as usual, there's a theme, in this case immigration and you do wonder if Rebus' views are Rankin's, not that it matters.



The narration is good, the Scot's accent just right. Having lived north of te border for 15 years it was fun to hear some of the phrases and wordes again but for those of you not familiar with the vernacular we have the trusty Sargeant to provide the questionning looks.



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Not the Best of Rankin

This Novel has the enjoyable language of Ian Rankin but the plot never seems to Work . Leaves the reader with loose ends that dont Seem to tie up.

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Good but lengthy

This is an exciting murder mistry with many twist and turns. I found my self skipping chapters to catch up with action in the last 6 chapters.

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Great read

One of the very best crime novelist every. Story line believable, characters are well developed and multidimensional. Enjoyable after many listens.