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Das zweite Zeichen (Inspector Rebus #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  10,697 Ratings  ·  501 Reviews
In einem heruntergekommenen Viertel Edingburghs wird ein junger Mann tot aufgefunden. Eines der vielen Drogenopfer, so sieht es zunächst aus. Doch dann findet man Gift in der Spritze, und aus einem simplen Fall für die Statistik ist eine mysteriöse Mordsache geworden. Und Inspector John Rebus wundert sich zudem über die seltsame Haltung, in der man den Toten fand: Er hatte ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Goldmann (first published 6th 1991)
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Andrew Smith
Dec 14, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve a habit of stumbling into a series and reading subsequent books - those that preceded it and those that followed - in random order. And that’s what I’ve done here. My only outstanding books are a handful (I’m not quite sure how many as I’m not absolutely certain which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) at the start of the series. So having recently read book one, and really enjoyed it, it was now the turn of book two.

A friend of mine, a long time resident of Edinburgh, used to tell me that

A young junkie named Ronnie McGrath is found dead in an Edinburgh squat - positioned like Christ on the cross - with candles beside him and what looks like satanic symbols on the wall. Ronnie's girlfriend, Tracy, tells Detective Inspector John Rebus that Ronnie was distraught before he died, and repeatedly cried "hide, hide." At first it looks like Ronnie overdosed, but Rebus learns that Ronnie's dope was tainted with rat poison.

Because Rebus is involved in a drug case his boss, Superintendent W
I have a big complaint about Ian Rankin’s early Rebus novels, and it is a complaint that continues to taint my enjoyment of the series. D.I. John Rebus is too erudite. He’s impossibly well read, he knows and loves fine wine, and he’s a big jazz fan; he’s way too cultured to be a D.I..

So for that reason alone I find it impossible to enter the “really liking” territory with these books.

Yet I can’t really attack Rankin for his early decisions because the guy diffuses the bomb in his forwards to Kn
This book is entertaining enough, but not really dazzling. It held my interest for much of the journey, but I was vaguely confused by some of the plot lines. In particular the murder of Ronnie McGrath, junkie, being connected to another murder left me struggling to join the dots. That one or more of the rich gentlemen of Edinburgh’s business classes would meet a sticky end was inevitable, almost too predictable for my liking. Class relations are one of Rankin’s on-going themes. Rebus himself see ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
John Rebus is a man on the way up in the Edinburgh police. He has been recently promoted to Detective Inspector from detective sergeant, of which he is justifiably proud. He has more authority and a new partner, Detective Sergeant Brian Holmes.

While Rebus is still in the honeymoon period of his promotion along with the accompanying benefits of increased authority, he can't resist investigating interesting deaths, even though murder is not suspected. And even if there was murder, no one except R
Jill Hutchinson
I think Rankin was still trying to develop the persona of John Rebus which is so strong in the later books in this long running series. But that is the fun of reading the early books in a series......seeing the protagonist change and get comfortable in his skin. I think the problem I had which kept me from giving a higher rating (I love the Rebus books) was the story itself. There was way too much going on around the overdose death of a local addict. Rebus has a feeling about it that says it is ...more
In a run down area of Edinburgh, a junkie is found dead in a building used by squatters.

On a wall near the body of the deceased, officials notice a drawing. It's a five star image with two concentric circles.

Detective Inspector John Rebus is at the scene. His first thought is that it might be some sort of astrology or witchcraft symbol. Perhaps the deceased was killed as part of a satanic ritual or sacrifice?

Rebus's supervisor, Superintendent Watson invites Rebus to an exclusive restaurant to me
Nancy Oakes
Jan 19, 2009 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction-uk
another review which suffers from the inability to make half a star. It's a 3.5, actually, rounding up to a 4 even though I don't think it's that good.

#2 in the series featuring Inspector John Rebus. In this installment, John Rebus is called in to investigate the death of a drug addict in a dilapidated flat in one of the worst parts of Edinburgh. He notices a lot of strange things right away, and shares his findings his fellow officers who do not seem to care. It's just another OD. The victim's
Sep 17, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
The second in the Rebus series and from 1990. It has all the elements of a great detective, including DI Rebus, who seems to have all the stereotypical characteristics of the Scandinavian loner detectives (semi-alcoholic, divorced, does not play by the rule book etc etc). Yet there's something missing from making it a Great Story. Passion - whether in life, love life, or - gosh - actually in investigating? Guts (yes - definitely. I'd have kicked Tracy to pay back for what she did in the book)? S ...more
Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin is the second Inspector rebus novel. Inspector Rebus is called to a suspected overdose at a housing squat, but finds that rat poison had been added to the heroin and satanic symbols surround the body. He then finds links to an exclusive gambling club with multiple influential members. The book started slow but picked up in the second half. It was interesting but not really the type of mystery that I like. It seemed to be going nowhere at the start with seemingly unrel ...more
Sarah Messick-Milone
This series is dark and edgy- one of the few mystery series set in contemporary times (besides P.D. James' works which I absolutely love) that I enjoy. Inspector Rebus is your typical semi-alcoholic, "doesn't-play-by the rules" type of detective, but does not come across as a cliche. The mysteries are interesting, if dark, and not terribly predictable. Hide and Seek is one of the earliest in the series and although short, is a good intro to the series and the characters.
Feb 01, 2016 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector John Rebus is back following the case in Knots and Crosses; this time he finds himself on a case that that may have supernatural elements to it. The body of a drug addict is found in a squat, in between two burnt down candles and a pentagram painted on the wall next to it. While most people were quick to discard this of a heroin overdose, Rebus is determined to investigate to find the true circumstances surrounding this death. What transpires is something far more sinister th ...more
Ian Rankin states in his introduction that he used a Jekyll and Hyde theme for this book and it does have that late foggy night, 'I could hear steps behind me on the side walk' kind of feeling to it. But don't expect a modern day version of Jekyll and Hyde. Theme is the operative word here.

Well Rebus is his normal loveable, cranky, curmudgeon, anti-social, smirking, bullying self here, especially when it comes to showing his rookie partner, Holmes, the ropes. ( Warning; book contains more than o
Oct 14, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HIDE AND SEEK. (1990). Ian Rankin. ****.
Inspector Rebus is called to the scene of an apparent drug overdose in one of the less desirable sections of Edinburgh. It seemed only a coincidence that he was recently assigned to a new task force created to fight the rising levels of drug use in the city. When he arrives there, he finds a young man – obviously dead, with a needle still sticking out of his arm – lying in front of a wall that has been painted with a pentagon and a variety of occult symbol
This book, the second installment in the Inspector Rebus series, is much much better than the original Rebus story. It has much more complexity and layering to the plot, more interesting twists and turns, and more interesting characters. Still, there is no subtlety here. There are no innuendoes, no implications, no allusions, no poetic imagery. This is blunt, straightforward, WYSIWYG writing.....until you get to the very very end, which I found quite interesting and kinda thought provoking. Rank ...more
Edward Branley
Jul 10, 2011 Edward Branley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heard a great interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Ian Rankin a couple of months back, when his new novel The Complaints, came out. Rankin's "guy" is John Rebus, a police detective in Edinburgh. I couldn't get Knots and Crosses, his first Rebus novel, for my Nook, so I got this one (the second), and picked up the hardcopy of the first for my flights to UK next week.

John Rebus is a Detective Sergeant in Edinburgh in the first novel, and the case gets him promoted to Detective Inspector for this o
R.M.F Brown
Once again, we visit the dark streets of Edinburgh with Rankin's second effort in his Rebus series. Are the streets dark because of the murkiness of human nature, or is it because Edinburgh council are scrimping on proper street lighting?

Jokes aside, this feels like a continuation of Rankin's debut novel, and feels as though it were written at the same time. I'm aware that Rebus improves (or mellows even) as the series progresses, but this reads more like a debut novel than the debut novel knots
Apr 09, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
In this, the second Inspector Rebus novel, John Rebus (still alive after drifting into darkness upon being shot at the end of the last one), finds a dead teenager in a poor Edinburgh housing development. A junkie and squatter, his death could be ruled an overdose and forgotten, but Rebus suspects something else, unsure what – a deliberate poisoning, a Satanic sacrifice, a thrill kill. Pressured from above at the same time to step back from police work and focus on a new anti-drug campaign involv ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I Enjoyed Rankin's first Rebus novel enough that I was excited to read #2 and it did not disappoint. I actually liked this one even better than the first. It flowed well and the plot was engaging. The character of Rebus is quite likable and human and his efforts to support the young Tracy and find the reason and the culprits behind the death of the young junkie helped us see the kindness and sense of compassion underneath the hard-boiled exterior of Rebus. Also enjoyed meeting and getting to kno ...more
Jim Whitefield
Jan 21, 2013 Jim Whitefield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Rebus series, where we get to know the character even better. Another good story with our hero being ever human. Rebus is convinced that what looks like a suicide is really a murder. There appears no direct link to some other dark deeds going on but Rebus digs and probes until he realises everything is connected. But how to prove it? Unorthodox methods are ultimately employed and he gets his man, but will it end well or will there be an almighty cover up? Well written and alway ...more
Dec 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book in the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin.
I always enjoy reading Ian Rankin novels and I'm not sure why I haven't read more than I have. Rebus is a gritty flawed Edinburgh cop who is never far from trouble.
The books are well written and have lots of sub plots that add to the Rebus series overall.
Dillwynia Peter
Jun 29, 2015 Dillwynia Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 1st one was good, this one is better. High class story telling involving the seedy side of Edinburgh. A little nothing of a suicide has far wider implications. Rebus is a great flawed character. A good book for summer holidays or winter snuggling.

Mine was an audiobook & I loved that it was read by a Scotsman.
This was my second approach to the excellent Inspector Rebus series.

I liked it as much as the first book and one of things is the way Ian Rankin writes.
Once a while I must even laugh while the story itself is dark.
And there was the one scene where I felt real pain ..... groin is the key word ...

I look forward to meet Inspector Rebus again.
Mar 16, 2017 Hobart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Now, this is more like it. You've got a seasoned detective who sees something that just doesn't jibe -- a routine O. D. that just doesn't look right. At least to him -- everyone else (including the detective who'd normally be assigned to the case) is good with the obvious answer. Not at all shockingly, there is more than meets the eye to this death.

Rebus' ex and daughter have moved away, his brother is in jail, Gill is now seeing a DJ (who
Phillip III
Feb 16, 2017 Phillip III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I feel guilty it has taken me over two decades to discover the talented Ian Rankin. Guilty. The second book in the legendary John Rebus series, HIDE & SEEK, is a fast, thrilling read. Rebus, recently promoted to Inspector Detective (or DI) is back!

In HIDE & SEEK, DI Rebus catches a call accidentally. A junkie's body has been discovered in an expired residential area now filled with squatters. The body is positioned on the floor Crucifix-style, minus the spikes through hands and feet. By
Not as good as the first one, but still entertaining. 3.5 stars
Charles Hay
May 30, 2017 Charles Hay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really very engaging and surprisingly well characterised in many different ways. great plotting and satisfyingly grim imagery. Definitely recommended.
May 09, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second encounter with the Rebus series was as enjoyable as my first – maybe more so thanks to the added assurance of the writing now that the initial character and world building are complete. Here are five great reasons to continue reading the series:

Rebus is still developing as a character
Even though the initial “this is who Rebus is” background and scene setting were a large part of the first book, Knots and Crosses, Rebus isn’t a character who remains static. He’s gained a promotion off t
Ross Cumming
Oct 04, 2016 Ross Cumming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels, a series of which I enjoyed the debut and hope to eventually complete.
In this novel we find that John Rebus has been promoted to Detective Inspector and is enjoying the new found privileges that come with the rank. He is dispatched to deal with what appears to be a drugs death in the Pilmuir area of Edinburgh. Rebus is not satisfied and believing it to be more sinister, he delves further into the death despite no one else really cari
Rachel Hall
Apr 17, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second novel in the Inspector Rebus series was intended as a companion to the first and again the literary references are evident throughout and the play of the famous novel Jekyll and Hyde works well as things unravel. Rankin wrote this after several years living in London and Hide and Seek has a distinctly bitter edge and sees John Rebus disenchanted with the materialism which is becoming synonymous with a newly prosperous Edinburgh as new money moves North. This second novel is much more ...more
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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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