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Summary

It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing... A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable. When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.

©1995 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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What made the experience of listening to Mortal Causes the most enjoyable?

James Patterson is a wonderful narrator and makes the story credible

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mortal Causes?

The pace of the plot is unrelenting although deceptive

Have you listened to any of James Macpherson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes and he is Rebus - no-one else reads Rankin like Macpherson

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did both - the characterisation in the writing and the strength of the reading - excellent

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All round good read

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Fantastic characters super story

This is book 6 and at the moment I am reading/listening to one book a week. Love the characters and the additional tour of Edinburgh. The trip to other parts of the country made the story have more back bone, greater depth. Although you find out early on who is who and who did what, it does not detract from the plot/story.

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Great as usual

Great Scottish crime fiction. Expertly narrated, with a compelling leading man. Buy it. Buy the whole set.

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loved it

brilliant book I loved it ian rankings best so far a very good audio book

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Mortal Causes

Yet another masterclass from Ian Rankin. I am an Edinburgh bus driver and spend my days driving through Rebus' territory. The books are so well written I feel part of the story.

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great series, too short

I love Rebus and Rankin full stop, but whether it's a good or bad thing I always wish they were longer. I guess I'm just greedy. well worth the time to get into them though, and try them chronologically of you can.

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couldn't keep my attention

gave up in the end , really struggled with this one. kept losing interest and getting distracted. forgetting character names and generally not knowing what was going on. very rare I give up on a book, but I just didnt really care enough about the characters to wait to see the ending.

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Enjoyable but implausible

Heavy going but the second half makes it a worthwhile listen, perhaps not to read.

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Not the best

I think I am becoming weary of Ian Rankin's books - there seems to be such a lot of political and Sectarian battles going on in these stories, I have just read the latest 'Complaints' book and that too is very political.

To be honest I read to get away from the politics of the present times, and I do not want to read about religious hatred either. I think this will have been my last Ian Rankin read.

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If you like good narration and a solid crime fiction story this is the book for you. James Macpherson is one of the best narrators on audible, and only when he tries for an American accent does it ever go horribly wrong. I can't speak to a general audience as I've been an unabashed Rankin fan for years, but if you like crime fiction, you can hardly go wrong, although there may be better entry points to the series. The three best entry points are book one in the series, the short story collections, or one of the last two books (they are better standalones in my opinion).