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Summary

A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spread-eagled, 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...

©2008 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Inspector Rebus at his best

Would you listen to Hide And Seek again? Why?

I could easily listen to this again, but I rarely revisit books unless there is a reference in a later story that I'd need to refresh myself on.

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

It would have been nice to have the opportunity to listen to the book all in one go because it does have that 'I'll just listen a while longer to find out what happens' feeling. As it is, I found it easy to keep returning to it without losing the plot.

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An engaging listen. As have all the Rebus books I've listened to so far.

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The first 4 covered !!!

Having seen an interview with Ian Rankin I decided I'd start from scratch and listen to the whole series. I really enjoyed this book and James Macpherson narrates this and the second book really well. The character continues to be developed and Edinburgh invocatively described. Thoroughly enjoyed

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Fantastic Characters, Fun Story, Great Read/Listen

If you have read not read Rebus, you must give them a try. The characters are great, interesting, funny and real. The story lines are interesting and enjoyable.

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Another Rebus book under my belt.

Rebus one of my favourite directives. Another book form the series marked of the list. Time and time again just can't get enough of this guy.

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Average murder caper

Maybe it was too soon after I listened to the first Rebus novel, but this didn't really grab me.

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Great listen

Really great story, and the narration by James MacPherson was perfect. I'll definitely be listening to more of the series.

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Rebus goes Trainspotting

Hide and Seek, full of references to Jekyll and Hyde, pre-dates Trainspotting. But it’s in the same territory, kicking off with a dead drug addict in a squat. It’s grim, at times nauseating, stuff: spare and brutal. Later the story takes us into a more rarefied realm, the Edinburgh of lawyers and businessmen. Rebus is fleshed out a little more. He falls asleep in his armchair listening to old records, after drinking whisky or wine. There’s less about his sex life than in the first novel in the series, Knots and Crosses (this is the second book). That’s probably a good thing. Rebus isn’t quite so much the wise-cracking maverick that he becomes in subsequent titles. He’s even lined up, improbably, to lead a public information campaign against drugs. At times I felt my attention drifting, and didn’t much care about the fate of any of the characters beyond Rebus (and it’s fairly clear he’ll survive, and indeed crack the case). The final couple of chapters were well done and there’s some good descriptive writing about Edinburgh. It’s not the strongest Rebus - nowhere close. But it’s worth a listen for the completist, setting out Rankin’s stall for the rest of the series: the ‘doubleness’ of Edinburgh, the contrast between the affluence and the poverty, the powerful and the powerless. And we get to know a bit more about Rebus: the lonely, driven man trying to unravel the city’s darkest mysteries.

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A damn good listen.

I love the Rebus books but I haven't had time to read since having my babies. What a tremendous way to enjoy a good book.

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Great story and brilliant narrator

I have recently found Ian Rankin and am really loving his stories. James macpherson brings the books to life and its difficult to ‘put the book down’.

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Not up to standard

Enjoyable, but I felt that it wasn't as good as Mr Rankin's usual writing.

James Macpherson brilliant as ever

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