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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews


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It always starts with a small lie. That's how you stop noticing the bigger ones.

After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"...

Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his olleave"...


Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Orion (first published March 21st 1991)
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Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin wrote this in the early part of his writing career, at the beginning of the 1990s, a what would then have been a futuristic thriller. It never made much of a splash at the time, Rankin has lightly rewritten aspects of it for Orion to republish it now. It is not a bad thriller, but this is Rankin developing his writing skills that culminate in the Inspector Rebus series, set in Edinburgh, that made his name. His reputation is now such that anything with his name on it will fly off the ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin is one of my favourite authors and I’ve read most of his books but somehow missed this one when it was first published. However, as the author explains in the introduction it was overlooked in 1990, so no surprise then! This is a republication with a bit of ‘tweaking’, of the late 80’s work. This period of time is very different to ours in that mobile phones aren’t in wide use but there are car phones, people use philofax for their contacts/appointments etc instead of iPhones, informa ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is by Ian Rankin, an author I've enjoyed for many years now. However this is a book I'd not come across. It was first published in 1990 in the early part of his career. It is a standalone thriller. Martin Hepton works at a satellite communications facility. Something strange happens one day. After that one of the people he works with goes missing and Martin does not believe the official line. He keeps asking questions but that might cause him trouble.

This republication of a "los
Ian Brydon
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I spent many years as a tax inspector so I have to acknowledge that a fair degree of cycnism may have come to contaminate my view of the world. This came to the fore when I read about Ian Rankin’s latest book which was a slight reworking of an earlier novel, published without conspicuous success nearly thirty years ago. That inner tax inspector was trying, most insistently, to suggest that if an early book from a notable writer has sunk, the most likely reason was that he had not yet found his m ...more
Joanna Beesley
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Ian Rankin’s novels before, mainly the ‘Rebus’ stories which I always find so compelling. This was certainly a different read for this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reading the forward, I was intrigued that this was originally published some years ago and had been slightly revised for a second publication.

The story centres a Martin Hepton, who works at a central monitoring unit. Something strange happens when the satellite is down for a few min
Ciaran McLarnon
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a truly gripping spy thriller set in the late 90s (I think) and revolves around the launch and crash of a space shuttle in the US and the use of military spy satellites in the UK. The NSA, MI5 and MI6 are all complicit in the killing and disposal of number of innocent and not-so-innocent operatives and personnel; so it is down to Hepton an operative in satellite monitoring base, his former journalist partner and Dreyfuss the only survivor of the shuttle disaster to work out and expo ...more
Thank you to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for this Ian Rankin book. I have read all of the Rebus novels and I am a fan of his writing in general so was thrilled when this novel was to be issued again. Wow it was amazingly brilliant!! The description was spot on when it said a gripping page turner. I couldn't put it down at all. So glad we all now have this chance to read this story. You need to strap yourself in and be prepared to be hurtled through the pages.Fantastic
This book by Ian Rankin was first published in 1991 and is being touted as 'the classic lost thriller.' For me, anything by this author is worth reading. Looking forward to it, 14 November 2019, is the pub date for the British release. It can probably be found at the uk site of Amazon if you cannot wait until it is published in the US.
Martha Brindley
This book was first published in 1990 and has been reissued by the author. It's a futuristic thriller, tense and exciting. Not my usual genre, and not for me. I would rate it 3*. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
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Ian Rankin is set to relaunch espionage thriller Westwind on Thursday, which has been out of print since its first edition of just 1,000 copies in 1990. the scotsman
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AKA Jack Harvey.

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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