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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Old soldiers may never die and John Rebus hopefully will never


Old soldiers may never die and John Rebus hopefully will never fade away. After a couple of years in retirement he’s back as a civilian consultant on cold cases (which seems to be becoming a trend in resurrecting protagonists in crime fiction). In the course of this ...

Old soldiers may never die and John Rebus hopefully will never fade away. After a couple of years in retirement he’s back as a civilian consultant on cold cases (which seems to be becoming a trend in resurrecting protagonists in crime fiction). In the course of this work he is informed by the mother of a girl who disappeared many years before that her daughter may have been the first in a series of disappearances ( and presumably murders) along a northern highway (serial murders apparently are becoming de rigeur among retired detectives as well). And Rebus is off to the wars, albeit with no official standing.

Rebus worms his way into an active investigation with the help of his old sidekick, Siobhan Clarke. And he uses all the old techniques frowned upon by his old nemesis, Malcolm Fox, of the Complaints, including consorting with the likes of gangsters such as Rafferty to gain information. While a massive police force goes about the investigation by the book, of course Rebus goes it alone.

It’s good to have Rebus back, and hopefully more is in store because the rules have been changed and he has applied for reinstatement. All he has to do is pass the physical. Can he do so, despite all that hard liquor and cigarettes? And, of course, if successful, Fox is looking forward to Rebus making a colossal mistake on the job to justify his enmity.

As with all the previous novels in the series, this one is highly recommended.

posted by tedfeit0 on January 20, 2013

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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May have been good, but excessive plot spoilers ruin it. Refuse to pay $13 for a book when rude ppl reveal everything about the story.

posted by 8888649 on January 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This was a great, dark, mystery about the underbelly of Edinburgh and the detective who is at the end of his career. Rebus is rebellious to his chain of command. He has brilliant analytical powers and insight. He solves the crime, but never makes points with the top brass.

    This book is for the person who enjoys the dark mysteries that seem to come from the dismal Northern climes. Rebus is in the category of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole and Wallender. The character has a deep relationship with alcohol and has strained family relationships.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Good Read

    John Rebus is the old-school detective who does things his own way, which is not always smiled upon by the his superiors. It is his character that really makes for the story. The plot is not one that I think you can really discover until the author reveals it. It is a bit of a "letdown" to not be able to confirm any suspicions as to who did it. Having said this, I still think it is a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Another great Rebus book and an excellent read. 

    Another great Rebus book and an excellent read. 

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    A Welcome Return

    I was very happy to find that Rankin had not completely given up on John Rebus. I thought it one of the best in the series. With Rebus' normal grousing and grumbling yet finding ways to get the job done. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    A mature Rebus with depth and complexity from an accomplished writer. One of my favourites.

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