Standing in Another Man's Grave

Standing in Another Man's Grave

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John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years.

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere.

Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus.

Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files. Necessary work, but it's not exactly scratching the itch he feels to be in the heart of the action.

Two more women have gone missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen. Unlike his skeptical colleagues, Rebus can sense a connection - but pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new.

Rebus may have missed the thrill of the hunt, but he's up against a powerful enemy who's got even less to lose.

On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes a novel bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction's most dazzling stars. STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE is the triumphant return of John Rebus, and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2013, c2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316224581
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY RANKIN I
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 25 cm.


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Apr 26, 2019

I've read this, enjoyed it, loaned it to a friend who enjoyed it, and now have listened to the audio version. Very satisfying even 2nd time round.

Oct 27, 2016

18TH BOOK IN THE Inspector John Rebus SERIES

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.

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."

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.

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?

Sep 02, 2013

Hard drinking, heavy smoking, rock and roll loving John Rebus is back, as irascible as ever. He’s not drinking quite as much but he’s meeting with series nemesis Big Ger once a week for a drink. Now Rebus is a civilian looking into cold cases when he takes a call from a woman whose daughter went missing several years ago. She reveals a pattern to Rebus who immediately starts an investigation that disrupts police routines and peoples’ lives as much as it solves the mystery.

Rebus runs roughshod over police procedures and even performs illegal activities to solve the mysteries (there’s always more than just one mystery). He reads inept superiors at first glance and turns them into his foils. Rebus’ style is anarchic and it’s always enjoyable when stuffy superiors are proven wrong and Rebus eventually is proven right. The fun is in getting there.

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