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Summary

A student has gone missing in Edinburgh - completely out of character. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of extremely well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom or worse.

Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student's home village, and an Internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance and a curmudgeonly detective happier with long-playing records than digital technology. In this powerful novel, Rankin brings together past, present, and future in a terrifying duel of good - in the persons of DI Rebus and DC Siobhan Clarke - and evil.

Read by James Macpherson.

©2001 John Rebus Ltd (P)2001 W. F. Howes Ltd

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The usual Rebus

This took a long time for anything to happen really but it did get going about half way through. Not the best Rebus book but ok. Ideally the series should be read in order to appreciate all the characters and their progression through life.

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One of the best

I've read all Rebus books but it's great listening to them. This is one of the best with excellent narration

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  • David
  • northallerton, United Kingdom
  • 04-11-11

A good book poorly read

I do like to hear the Rebus Books read by Tom Cotcher. However Samuel Gillies does Ian Rankin an injustice by reading this book. He sounds like he could well be reading a telephone directory. I found that it was a dissapointment to hear what could be a good story being so poorly read and I gave up listening to it after a few hours.

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brilliant

great story enjoyed other characters taking centre stage in parts. my favourite boo so far

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Rebus at his best.

Loved it as I do all Rubus of the series. Couldn't stop listening right into the early hours.

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Great listen

Full of intrigue and twists kept me guessing until the very end. well worth checking out.

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Addictive

I am really enjoying this series, sometimes the plot gets a little complex for my small brain, but I can repeat a chapter and be back on track. The characters are another reason I enjoy them. The narrator or should that be reader is great also. I watched a TV episode of Rebus... not a patch on the books.

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Best one so far

Great story. Gripping. Twists and turns. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Gotta love Inspector Rebus.

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best so far

His story telling has improved over the years.
this one proved to be the best so far.

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Well written and well read

Well written and well read. A superb book as ever. Thank you. Now to the next Rebus.......

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  • W.
  • 08-06-12

Another Masterful Rankin

What made the experience of listening to The Falls the most enjoyable?

Rebus is a very real character. At times you like him, at others you hate him.

What does Samuel Gillies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accent isn't overpowering - it works well for all the characters.