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Standing in Another Man's Grave (Inspector Rebus #18)

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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.

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Hardcover, 388 pages
Published by Reagan Arthur Books (first published 2012)
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Louise I don't think you'd be completely lost; each book is based on a different case and Rankin does allude to what Rebus's relationships with previous…moreI don't think you'd be completely lost; each book is based on a different case and Rankin does allude to what Rebus's relationships with previous characters has entailed. I didn't start the series from the beginning, so I think you'll be ok. :) (less)

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M.
Peter Robinson once told me that the superlative Ian Rankin would not let Inspector Rebus just fade away. Seems Mr Robinson called it correctly. What a treat to have Rebus back again Nov 6th.

Finally done! Thankfully, those 2 words do not apply to John Rebus.
He's back and with all his idiosyncratic, defiant & brilliant behaviours intact.

Hated to see this book end. Hoping against hope that Mr Rankin will not allow him to rest too long.
Moira Russell
Well, maybe if I say "fuck" a lot in this review Amazon won't seize it and lead it to an evil digital dungeon. ....wait, I say "fuck" all the time anyway.


A very enjoyable way to kill an afternoon. Not a good entry point for anyone not familiar with the series, but hell, it's the eighteenth book. For the rest of us, it's a nice installment.

Rankin, never very good with female characters, serves us up a weepy stalker in this one. I was hoping Rebus would drown her in a bucket of her own tears, but
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James Thane
At the end of Exit Music in 2008, Ian Rankin was forced to retire his cantankerous Scottish detective, John Rebus, because Rebus had hit sixty, which is (or was) the mandatory retirement age for detectives in Scotland. Happily, Rebus now returns, albeit as a civilian assisting a cold case squad rather than as a full-fledged detective.

After writing a couple of novels featuring Malcolm Fox, who is in the "Complaints" or Internal Affairs Division and who is as sober and straight-laced as Rebus is n
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Lindz
The crime genre is filled with the drunken derelict. You all know the cv, he's a loner does not play well with others, making enemies. Usually he gets a long better with the people he is trying to put in prison. But he is not corrupt, no he's the knight errant of the mean streets, the slightly bent but strong moral compass. He will have a string of ex wives and girl friends, he's not sexist, will get a leg over when ever possible, but it seems he relates better to the dead than the living. And t ...more
Donna Brown
Ian Rankins Rebus series is one of the most popular mystery writers internationally, though he is not that well known in the US. He is my favorite, and Rebus is my favorite detective, bar none, so my rating is probably higher than yours would be.

As always, Rebus' life has become more miserable than in the last book. He has been forced to retire and now is working in a cold case group. He misses the murder squad and his long-time partner Siobhan, which for several decades made up most of his life
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Kathy Davie
Eighteenth in the Detective Inspector Rebus mystery series revolving around ex-DI Rebus in Edinburgh while being third in the Inspector Malcolm Fox mystery series revolving around Rebus' nemesis in the Complaints.

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I was so not expecting Rankin to pop up with another Rebus book...and I am absolutely thrilled that he did. Rebus had retired in Exit Music , 17, back in 2007, and Rankin has him popping back up as a civilian working with the cold case squad. There's just a hint of possibility t
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M.K. Gilroy
I've been reading Ian Rankin's John Rebus novels for close to a decade and have always had a love-hate relationship with this Edinburgh detective. I'm not alone. Rebus's cynical, impulsive, abrasive, self-destructive ways can play like fingernails on a chalkboard, making it hard for all but a few of the other characters to tolerate, much less "like" John - (poor DS Siobhan Clarke, how does she put up with him?). But despite Rebus' expertly drawn flaws, the curmudgeon gets his hooks in you. And i ...more
Amanda Patterson
Rebus is back.
I never realised how much I missed him until I read this book. I never realised how much I missed the writing skills of Ian Rankin writing about Rebus. Now I do.
Rebus is working on cold cases, as a civilian. What else would he do after he reached the obligatory retirement age? I wasn’t sure if he was alive after Exit Music. He is, along with his arch enemy, Cafferty, whose life he saved.
Rebus stumbles across a series of missing person cases which he links together in spite of him
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Linda
To be honest I had only ever read 1 Rebus novel before (I think!) That was the 1st one, Knots and Crosses. I have read the Malcolm Fox novels and thoroughly enjoyed those. I intend to read all the remaining Rebus books to catch up with this latest one, Standing in another mans grave. I just loved this writing, the ease of scene setting and character description.
Rebus is thinking of applying to return to the force since the retirement age has been raised. There are some who don't want to see thi
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Laura
YESSSSS - REBUS IS BACK.

Rebus, retired but on loan from SCRU (a group of former detectives looking into cold cases) happens into an investigation of multiple MisPers, women gone missing along the A9 highway. Working partly within channels and mostly outside channels, Rebus is as bull-headed and irascible as usual as he digs deeper and finds links others have missed. Meanwhile he is being investigated by Complaints (Internal Affairs).

I am finding I like this return to police procedural without th
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Hilary
He might be retired, but Rebus is still a right bastard. He's also one of those dinosaurs, a policeman whose lines are slightly blurred and who doesn't fit anywhere in modern policing. The problem is that he still gets results, albeit in an unorthodox and somewhat under the table method, so when he's assigned to cold cases it seems like an ideal pairing. He can hardly get into trouble there, can he?

As he follows the lead suggested by Nina Hazlitt, the mother of a missing girl from years ago, th
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Craig Pittman
Although I have read plenty of them, I long ago lost my taste for mysteries that focus on serial killer cases. I covered a couple of real-life serial killers in the 1990s and after that the fictional ones just seemed wrong. They all felt both improbable and in poor taste. This book is a serial killer mystery -- and yet it is so very much more, which is why I enjoyed it so much and gave it such a high rating.

Ian Rankin's crotchety and aging hero, John Rebus, retired from the the Edinburgh police
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Craig Sisterson
Five years ago, Ian Rankin rocked the crime fiction world by retiring, to howls of protest, one of the most popular characters in the history of crime writing: curmudgeonly, anarchic yet noble Detective Inspector John Rebus of the Lothian and Borders Police.

But now Rebus is back, as part of a team of retired detectives who sift through cold cases, hoping to find something long overlooked. He's tempted by a return to CID duties, thanks to a rise in the official retirement age. But does the polic
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Simon McDonald
Rebus was gone long enough for me to think he might never come back.

Forced into retirement at the end of 2007's EXIT MUSIC - he'd reached the ripe old age of 60 - readers were left wondering what might become of the heavy-drinking, chain-smoking old-school inspector. It wasn't in Rebus' psyche to simply fade into the background and whittle his days away playing backgammon with friends. The job was all he had - so naturally, as STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE opens, it's a relief to find Rebus s
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Karen McMillan
Scottish writer Ian Rankin brings back, after a five year break, with his ever-popular character Detective Inspector John Rebus. Working on cold cases that involve people who have disappeared in his typical confrontational style, he quickly finds himself in trouble with the Internal Affairs Unit, who expect their officers to play by the rules. Malcolm Fox is in charge of this unit and fans of Ian Rankin will delight that these two very different characters get to clash in this well-crafted novel ...more
David
First of all, forget the notion that this book is about some kind of clash of Rankin's two major characters. This is a Rebus book, and Fox is somewhat disappointingly only briefly present as some kind of caricature, which makes me wonder if he's being discarded for the foreseeable future.

It seems strange to bring back Rebus, and not centre the book around Edinburgh, but this time the focus of the novel seems to be about Rebus's aimlessness without the job, how Edinburgh isn't his core, but dete
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John Brooke
I grew tired of DI John Rebus – too drunk, too cynical, too incapable of being happy. So I missed a few of the later books. I decided to give this latest one a try. Because I had been so long away from the series, I thought (hoped) maybe there’d be a change. There was. If you like Rebus, I’m sure you like this one. If you did not like Rebus, you might find yourself warming to him a little as he grows long in the tooth.

We find Rebus working as a CIVILIAN in a small cold-cases unit. As mentioned,
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Diane
If I were less of a curmudgeon, I would give this book five stars, but I try not to practice grade inflation, particularly in this genre. Having said that, I was very excited when I saw Rebus was back. Ian Rankin gets big gratitude for bringing us more of Rebus. And with mysteries, thrillers and detective stories, I tend to read them like they are crack. I stop answering the door or phones, tend to report a queasy stomach to others with whom I had scheduled activities. I check on my Diet Dr. Pep ...more
Nichole
Well I finished it, I have to atleast say that first. It took me 5 days, for those that know me this means it was very hard for me to keep reading and it didnt keep my interest since usually I can finish a book in a day or less if I'm really into it!

It was a crime/murder/suspense novel...to much nitty-gritty doesnt really make the story filler detials. The paragraphs were super long with never ending description or detial or just filler information that really didnt matter. There wasn't a whole
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Patrick
It seems that Rankin just couldn't quite leave Inspector Rebus behind. Although he had retired at the end of 'Exit Music' and Rankin has filled the time trying to establish a new character in Inspector Fox - a man who is teetotal where Rebus is alcoholic, a stickler for the rules where Rebus bends them as close to breaking point as he can, and a family man where Rebus completes the 'fictional detective checklist' by being estranged from his ex-wife and daughter, these books (for me at least) jus ...more
J.R.
Retired and now working as a civilian in an Edinburgh cold case unit, former detective inspector John Rebus encounters a woman who believes her daughter was one of a number of victims of a serial killer, all of whom disappeared on the same stretch of highway in the north.

Older, fatter, smoking and drinking no less when he’s not working or listening to music, Rebus has been contemplating the possibility of rejoining the force now that the retirement age limit has been amended. The woman and her s
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Cindy Barnett
Clean, interesting mystery. Reread. Audiobook available. Like this series. Cussing (s-word mostly, lightly used). No sex, violence not graphic. TTS-enabled in eBook. Read, with accents well-done, by James McFerson. (?sp)
Fiona
Yep it was pretty good. Hadn't read one for a few years. It became formulaic. I enjoyed his revival. Same characters, same bete noirs, same crotchety old bugger, and wonderful backdrop of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Maddy
RATING: 3.25
SERIES: #20 of 21

Inspector Rebus has retired but is working freelance on a cold case squad. A mother badgering the police about her daughter who went missing leads to an investigation that involves several deaths. Unfortunately, this book didn't work well for me, although devoted Rebus fans will likely feel quite differently. It was interesting to see the old school Rebus working with those who routinely rely on the latest technology. There was very little action to speak of, and I f
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Shane
“You are vinyl, we are digital,” says a young cop to the retired but still-working Rebus and that sets the tone for this novel: ageism in the workforce, where experience is ignored in favour Internet 2.0 style investigative methods, replete with Twitter messaging and texting. I was reminded of the latest Bond movie, “Skyfall,” there the aging 007 is also in a similar predicament, being sidelined by younger, more digital operatives.

Rebus is retired but hanging on in the Cold Case unit, that is al
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Tony
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE. (2013). Ian Rankin. ****.
I have to admit up front that all through this novel I was mostly at sea as to who all the characters were. There were just too many of them. That aside, I’m sure I missed a lot of the smaller details of the plot, but I plodded on anyway. Rankin has the ability to capture his reader by his ears. You are soon pulled into his stories and can visualize his characters in the act of conversation or of thinking out loud. When Rebus is approach
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Margaret
I liked it – I liked it a lot. It was like meeting up again with an old acquaintance. Rebus is older and fatter but he hasn’t really changed. He still likes working best on his own, taking risks, and having a few too many drinks and a smoke. He can’t keep away from police work and is currently working for SCRU – the Serious Crime Review Unit, a Cold Case unit of retired police officers (like the TV series New Tricks). Nina Hazlitt contacts SCRU (I like the acronym) about her daughter Sally who h ...more
Terry
I absolutely loved this book - I can understand Ian Rankin being bored with writing the same character in book after book but Rebus has to be my favourite cop in this genre of book. I suppose it is like putting on a old pair of comfortable slippers for an avid Rebus fan but this book has more than a few twists for the reader. It starts out with Rebus retired from the regular force but working for the Edinburgh cold case unit which is under threat of closure and he picks up a case which might be ...more
Stephanie Patterson

I had the great pleasure of meeting Ian Rankin several years ago at a Bouchercon. I was expecting at best a brief nod after I told him how much enjoyed his books but instead he said, “Oh, sit doon, sit doon” and we actually had a chance to talk. So I may be a bit biased in favor of his books.
This book marks the return of John Rebus who is now working on cold cases but manages to get himself involved in a current case because a recent disppearance of a woman seems to be part of a pattern in whi
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RandomAnthony
I thought this author died a couple months ago but apparently the dead guy was someone else with a similar name. Who the fuck died?

Anyway, Standing in Another Man's Grave stood on my library's new releases shelf, and the dead guy was supposed to write well, so I picked this up even though it's the goddamn eighteenth in a series and I've not read the previous seventeen. Also, my friend Mike Reynolds said this book was good. He was right. Also, I agree with his assertion that the book falls apart
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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

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Inspector Rebus (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
  • Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus, #2)
  • Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)
  • Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
  • The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
  • Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6)
  • Let it Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
  • Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus, #8)
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