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Inspector Rebus Book 4

Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a 'mistake' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn't, and a lunatic speaks from his asylum...

Initially Rebus is sympathetic to the MP's dilemma - who hasn't occasionally succumbed to temptation? - but with the disappearance of Jack's wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why...

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

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Not one of Rankin's best

As ever I seem to be in the minority with my opinion of this book. My imagination really wasn't captured by this story, the writing was OK and I love James MacPherson's voice, he narrates very well and is 'up there' among my favourites.
I just got a bit bored by the tale, the characters were all immoral, dishonest, or unbelievable and I had little interest in their lives.

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Brilliant!

As beautifully written and plotted as always, and in places, laugh-out-loud funny. Brilliantly read. One of my favourite Rebus novels.

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Great book

Another great Rankin book. Gripping and very enjoyable. Leant more about the characters and a surprising ending.

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Great Story

Liked the story line with the twists and Rebus's own instincts often taking him down the wrong track.

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Hmmm...great narrator, not so great storyline

I love James McPhersons narration, in what would otherwise have been a slightly soporific storyline, he held my interest. This is the fourth of the Rebus books I’ve listened to, and the dullest, which is a real shame. Still, it won’t put me off. Onto book number five I go!!

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Great story, terrific narrator.

I’ve struggled with novels on audible. I don’t want them to be turned into plays; I want them to feel like the author is telling the story, not the narrator is creating their own story. This was a great Rebus story, and the narrator made it feel like Ian Rankin was telling the story, just the way I would read it. Perfect!

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loved strip Jack

loved it great voice super story very Scottish nice bit of humour one of his best

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five star rankin

Having read all the rebus books I thought I'd try them on audible,boy I'm glad I have.This is my third one and the best revisit so far.James MacPherson is just perfect as a narrator. This is one of the earlier rebus novels and what stands out on audible is how much dry humour their is in the book that I don't recall when reading it,I don't know if this is just down to the narration but it came as a pleasant surprise. It just goes to show how good an author Rankin is and what a brilliant creation rebus is

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His writing improved.

It is always interesting to experience " earlier works" from a writer whom you have come to appreciate.
There is no doubt that the plots were always interesting ( for this genre) but Mr R, thankfully, looked to improving the pace and urgency in his style.
How much less violent these early novels were and how less broken as a human being Rebus was. Life, even in the context of a novel series, becomes / became more brutal and gritty for many.

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Loved it!

Love the story , the reader and John Rebus!
An intriguing story that's kept me company on the beach in the car and in bed.

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  • 21-04-14

Love the story, but could not get to the end.

I usually like Ian Rankin very much, he is on of my 5 preferred authors. Yet I could not get to the end this time.
I do not want anyone to think this is a critic of the book, not at all.
But I am from Denmark, so English is a second language to me. This gave me a lot of problems because of this audiobooks narration. It is, from my point of view read in heavily dialected English, and that broke my back.
I think this book should be narrated by another, someone with a more neutral English.