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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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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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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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Rebus at his best

brilliant, great story, loved it,
my favourite Rebus story from the collection. brings Edinburgh to life

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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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another cracking listen.

A great story! very addictive. I found it hard to pause the Audiobook at times!

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Good story

+ good story, bit slow at first but gathered pace and couldn't stop listening by end
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Excellent as ever

Another detailed and interwoven masterpiece by Rankin and expertly narrated by James Macpherson as ever.

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really enjoyed this book

Another Rebus winner - likeable characters, interesting plotline and a great narrator too. Will be downloading more

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Ian Rankin

Excellent story as always. Recommended Can always depend on this author to come up with a good one!

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Rebus on top form !

Thoroughly enjoyable story from beginning to a very satisfying end. Excellent narration by James Macpherson bringing the story to life. Highly recommended to Rebus fans and newcomers alike.

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  • 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.