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Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  7,376 ratings  ·  341 reviews
In a crumbling housing development in Edinburgh, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. John Rebus tracks down a young woman who knew the dead boy and heard him cry out his terrifying last words: "Hide! Hide!" Now, with the help of a bright, young detective, Rebus is following the girl through a brutal world of bad deals, bad do ...more
Paperback, 4th impression, 261 pages
Published 1998 by Orion Books Ltd. (first published 1990)
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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
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
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
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.
Edward Branley
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
Nancy Oakes
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
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
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
Gary Letham
Second Rebus book. We know the character now, we know the location, so this turns headlong into the story from the start. Edinburgh's run down council schemes, a million miles from the the elegance and wealth of the historic city. Drugs and sexual power pervade this novel, the corrupt establishment abusing and using the poorest in society. This is an Edinburgh only a local could recognise or at least someone who has lived there a long time. This is a superb story, head and shoulders above the de ...more
Neill Smith
When newly promoted Detective Inspector John Rebus is called to investigate the death of a young junkie in an abandoned squat in one of the poorer areas of Edinburgh his list of suspects involves junkies, occultists, and some oddly connected members of the local society. His new boss is eager for him to quickly solve the case but also wants him to front an anti-drugs campaign funded by some local businessmen. As Rebus continues his investigation he finds that these two social areas are showing s ...more
Let me just say this isnt your normal run of the mill detective series.Inspector Rebus is a different kind of dude.His outlook on life is very cynical and often times humorous.The setting is very bleak and captures the desperation that is felt by the people who live there is tantamount throughout the book.Each book has its own separate mystery but one cant help but feel each book is leading towards something more diabolical and sinister.If you want a different type of mystery look no further the ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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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
The second Rebus novel. Compare it to the second A D Scott novel which I just read – there is no doubt that this is much superior. I have always read the Rebus stories in random sequence and collected this one second hand. It depicts an earlier Rebus, making references to his failed SAS career, which I don’t remember reading about before (he can punch through glass!). And the style is simpler than the later stories, not necessarily a bad thing. His musical tastes seemed different, too, with more ...more
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
A definite improvement over Knots and Crosses in terms of plot. The prose is better and Rebus as a character is starting to take shape.

There's a harder edge to Rebus when he deals with his colleagues, but he shows great humanity in his desire to see the killer of a hopeless junkie brought to justice.

The story takes place over the course of a week and each chapter covers one day. I thought this really helped with the flow of the story.

The seedier darker side of Edinburgh is very much in evidence
Darren Sant
A solid read that will leave fans of Rebus satisfied. It has the usual mix of paranoia and reality set against the backdrop of gorgeous Edinburgh. We see glimpses of the rule breaker we love so much and of the softer side of Rebus. This tale of power, corruption and blackmail gripped me in the way Rankin manages every single time.
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
Angus Mcfarlane
Rebus no. 2, and still feels like the series is settling into the characters and personalities that rankin draws out in later books. This book again makes reference to Jekyll and Hyde, which had obviously captured Rankins imagination, but the first book had more of Louis stephenson's brooding atmosphere and suppressed malevolence. There seems to be an attempt to push rebus into a cynical, antiestablishmentarian, but this too seemed a little shallow to me: the extent of his reaction is disproport ...more
Jim Whitefield
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
Mary Corbal
Mejor que el primero.
Simon Taylor
Rebus returns with a new job title. Now an Inspector, he’s single after splitting from Gill Templeton and on the hunt for a killer after a drug addict is found overdosed on rat poison.

Not a great deals happens in the first half of this book, with Rebus going over the same details and visiting the same crime scene over and over again. More threads are built in, but are never tied together satisfactorily.

Although this is another occasion of weak plotting, the characters are very well defined. Rebu
The second installment of Inspector Rebus. Rebus has had a promotion, but lost the girl. And we start the book with him being called to the body of a junky in a housing estate outside of Edinburgh. But the junky seems to be placed in a ritualistic way with witchcraft symbols around him. Over the investigation, more and more ties this junky to the elite world of Edinburgh, which shows the dark side of city doesn't discriminate by class.

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Mystery/Thrillers have never really been my go to choice of reading material, but I keep finding myself drawn in the gritty dark world of Ian Rankin's Edinburgh. Inspector John Rebus, who in my mind looks like a slightly heavier Commissioner Gordon, a la Gary Oldman, freshly promoted following the events of Knots and Crosses finds himself drawn into a anti-drug crusade launched by the new Police Superintendent. However, "Good Works" need money and Rebus finds himself surrounded by Edinburgh rich ...more
This one had an unsatisfying ending -- which is why you should always read through to the last page of a mystery before recommending it. I do like Rankin's characters and writing style, and this is only the second book in the Rebus series, so I feel the author is still finding his way. Since I read a lot of later episodes first, I am startled when the earlier Rebus does or says things that I know Rebus would never do or say. He wouldn't run out of an abandoned house, creeped out by hex sign. He ...more
Joyce Lagow
The second in the Detective Rebus series. Rebus has been promoted to Inspector.[return][return]A dead junkie--looks like a straightforward case of overdose. But the discovery of the body becomes a baffling case with too many clues, too much information--leading nowhere.[return][return]Another tightly written novel with excellent plotting and good characterization, with Edinburgh a distinctive background. Rankin's writing is superior.[return][return]Highly recommended.

This is the second Inspector Rebus book, and the second I have read. Bizarrely, I’m reading them backwards from 3 to 1, then maybe I’ll get to 4 and be in the right order. It’s a testament to the quality of my introduction to Rankin and Rebus, TOOTH AND NAIL, that I read this book only a week or so after my first. When it comes to series’, I often leave years between the volumes; not so here.

HIDE AND SEEK, however, isn’t as accomplished as TOOTH AND NAIL. It’s good, and an enjoyable read [best r
Reetta Saine
Rebus-koukku onnistuneesti nielaistu ja haavissa ollaan. Nyt enää taistelen itseni kanssa, hankkisinko kaikki järjestyksessä äänikirjoina vai tyytyisinkö käännöksiin luettuna.

Hassua, kuinka pitkään tunsin vastenmielisyyttä muiden meuhkatessa ex-spesiaaliarmeijahermoromahtaneesta poliisista, joka tallaa yhteiskunnallisen ja noirin välimaastossa Edinburghin sateisia katuja.

Minä olin niiiiiiin väärässä ja te just oikeassa.
I finally did it. I picked up a book and 1/3 of the way through I realized I had already read it...of course I had to finish it because I didn't know exactly how it ended....and good thing he is a good writer. And it made me look at the next one of his I had to read, and realized I already read that one too....grrrrr. At least that one I could return to the bookstore. On to STrip Jack, which I *think* I haven't read.
When in Knots & Crosses Rebus discovered that his daughter had been kidnapped, his first response was a pathetic whining "Jesus Christ. Help me, oh help me.... Dear God, let her be safe. Dear God, let her live." In this one he returns to the crime scene on a routine inspection (I think) and realizes that somebody has added some Zodiac signs type of shit to the previously painted pentagram on the wall. And, since the paint is still fresh, what do you think his reaction would be this time? I q ...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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