Standing in Another Man's Grave

Standing in Another Man's Grave

Large Print - 2013
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For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Then she meets the newest member of the team: former detective John Rebus, who has never shied away from lost causes. Two more women have gone missing from the same road, and he can sense a connection.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410456335
1410456331
Branch Call Number: LPF RAN NVD
Characteristics: 647 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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maipenrai
Oct 27, 2016

18TH BOOK IN THE Inspector John Rebus SERIES

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rb3221
May 14, 2016

Rebus, now retired and working on cold cases investigates five missing women and teams up with his old colleague and friend DI Siobhan Clarke. And as always Rebus is not a team player, drinks and smokes too much and uses mainly his intuition to solve the case.
All in all a satisfying read with an interesting, surprising but rather abrupt ending. Unfortunately there is little explanation as to why the killer did what he did. I will, however, continue to read Rankin and his flawed Rebus hero.

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phantomas
Aug 13, 2015

Ian Rankin's Rebus is single-minded in his pursuit of the truth about a group of missing women along the A9, one of Scotland's highways to its North. Rebus is retired, and while working cold cases he spots a pattern among a few missing women. Is he imagining things? Is this his way of coping with no longer being in the game? Is he still the man he once was? And once he is back in the game, can he navigate the new world with Twitter, Facebook, and detectives and bad-guys who were in nappies when he was on the job? There are parts of this book that I had to read twice because I was laughing so hard. The dialogue between Rebus and Clarke is often quick, a sort of parry-and-thrust: "‘Porn?’ ‘Some.’ ‘Hard core?’ ‘No S and M, if that’s what you mean.’ She looked at him again. ‘This from the man who doesn’t rate profilers.’ ‘Common sense comes cheaper.’" It is hard for me not to like Rebus even when he is being unlikeable; after all, his methodology is sound once he understands the crime (usually murder). First, find and study the victim. Second, find the intersection of the murderer and the victim. Third, use the first two points to narrow down the list of suspects. Fourth, beat the bush and make a lot of noise, then look for a someone who doesn't move; after all, only the murderer knows the full story. You've got to like a querulous curmudgeon who can
scrap with a suspect, and then invite him up to his apartment for a wash, a cup of tea, and a wee chat. "‘I’m sorry,’ Rebus said. ‘But someone would have asked eventually.’ Hammell nodded slowly. He saw that Rebus had extended a hand across the table. With no great enthusiasm he took it, and the two men shook."

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ndexter
Jan 21, 2015

Ina Rankin's protagonist crime solver, John Rebus, behaves in typical fashion of being self-centered, a loner, not a team player, ignores policy, procedures, and department rules, rebellion against leadership, excessive smoking and drinking, etc., all in pursuit of a serial killer. The Rebus character's mantra is perseverance in pursuit of a principle, no matter the cost, is understandable, justifiable. and acceptable. While there are elements of intellect, and expert crime solving techniques and abilities shown by Rebus for most of this story, Rankin lets the story and reader persevere into boredom. Through Rebus's egocentric, obsession filled, delusional, unbelievable , and unrealistic assumptions and pursuit of the antagonist, he brings resolution and much welcomed closure to this tale.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Detective Rebus has retired, but is now back as a civilian investigating a series of missing women along a stretch of Scottish highway. A page-turning mystery with some beautiful descriptions of Scottish landscape."

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booksteve
Jan 24, 2014

This was the first Rebus story that i have read. It was an excellent piece of suspenseful writing. Rankin is a master storyteller.

AuntJane Dec 29, 2013

I love the Rebus series, but you definitely can't start at the end - you have to get to know him first to appreciate him. I was happy to have a catchup with Rebus and Siobhan.

Cdnbookworm Nov 08, 2013

I hadn't read an Ian Rankin in years, but spotted this one that features Rebus and grabbed it. Rebus here is not with the police exactly. He is a civilian working for the police, specifically a unit that investigates cold cases. When he meets a woman, Nina Hazlitt, trying to link her daughter's disappearance years before with several other missing women, one of which is a new case, he becomes intrigued and listens to her story enough to request the case files for the earlier women. All disappeared along the A9 highway.
With what he has learned, he approaches the detective on the current case, who just happens to be an officer he worked with closely, Siobhan Clarke, to convince her to explore the link between these old cases and her own. Not to mention get him involved back on a current investigation.
But Fox in the Complaints department also has his eye on Rebus, and notes his relationships with supposedly retired crime boss Ger Cafferty, and current crime boss Frank Hammell, who is also linked to the latest girl to disappear.
I like the way music, lyrics and song titles play roles in these books, and this one has several instances of that. I also like the way Rebus relies on his instincts and finds ways to prove that those instincts are spot on, even if it means breaking the rules. Rebus truly cares about the victims and pushes himself to try different approaches to a case. Seems like there is hope for more from Rebus after all.

PrinceBishop Nov 07, 2013

A great read for chilly November evenings. I'm amazed that Rebus is still standing, even if it is in another man's grave. Siobhan still turns my crank. Malcolm Fox is a total jerk.

Poor old Rebus is starting to look a bit forlorn. He has no power in the police force as he is retired and he drinks and smokes too much for the modern sensibility. I know he is supposed to be a maverick but I think Rankin needs to bring character into the 21st century, put him on a team, maybe like R.E.D. and give him some clout. The plot was terrific as always but was this really just a wake for Rebus?

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