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Summary

When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspector John Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body, and a long forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together the most complex and confusing of jigsaws. But not everyone wants the puzzle solved - perhaps not even Rebus himself.

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

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Well worth a listen

As always excellent, really enjoy the Rebus books. Well read and great to run to! Can get lost in the story whilst the miles go by!

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Not his best

Not the best Rebus. Long and complicated story with too many coincidences. But an enjoyable listen thanks to excellent narrator.

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Not great

The weakest in the series until this point, the book struggled to draw the reader in.

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The best Rebus book so far.

I'm working my way through all the Rebus books, so my statement might change haha

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loved it

The best Reubus book so far in my opinion. Another great read, very much enjoyed it.

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Entertaining after a slow start

I enjoyed this overall. Top class narration and well-written. Story was slow to crank up with a lot of similar characters I found hard to keep track of at times. It may not be your favourite listen of all time, but you will have enjoyed it while it lasted. 8/10

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Great build up, silly ending

Ive enjoyed all the Rebus books to date and this one had the makings of a cracker but it was not to be. It seemed like Rankin didn't know how to finish it so just dreamed a up a preposterous scenario. Very disappointing

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One of my favourites so far

Rebus is a great character who is supported by other interesting and enjoyable characters. Super story with good plot lines and a few twists.

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Classic Rebus

A great listen. This book has all my favourite characters: Big Ger, Farmer Watson, Holmes and Clarke. McPherson as always great with the interpretation. If you known Edinburgh then you'll be looking out for all the haunts.

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Wonderful book.

I'm a big fan of Rebus. Loved this story, well told perfect for a cold winters day.

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  • 04-03-13

Rebus is back and hes in great form

Its great to have Rebus back and this is a book and a performance worthy of him. A good story and and a good performance

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  • Rune
  • 27-01-12

Good book, poor reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Book to be better than the print version?

I think it is a great book,and I like Ian Rankin very much. Bit the narrator has a very clear accent, so if you a not scottish, it can be hard to understand the narration at times.