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View all 14 comments. Mar 16, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin. Rebus is among those in attendance as demolition work on the additions to Queensbury House was proceeding. The group was being guided on an archaeological tour of the historical Queensbury House. That is until another member of their group remarks about the legend of a ghost. The guide, David Gelfelan, states the story goes that a woman crying has been seen.

Her son, a servant, had been Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin. Her son, a servant, had been murdered there. The group proceeds thru a hallway into a dimly lit room. As David observes the surroundings he notices 2 fireplaces. One of which had a metal covering. The covering was pried away revealing a corpse within.

At this same time a homeless man commits suicide by jumping off a bridge. Rebus finds that man had over ,00 in british pounds in his account. That money was deposited under mysterious and unexplained circumstances. A 3rd death reported of a newcomer to politics from an aristocratic family. Are these 3 murders connected? Is Rebus's old nemesis in back of it all? Siophan Clarke is in her usual top form.

The author reported on the 3 leels of Edinburgh. The remains after being ransacked by invading armies. Reading a Rankin novel is to become involved in every aspect of the life in Edinburgh. As far as an ending goes A future in the making, but for who? Eleventh in a wonderful series! It's been awhile since i've read old Rebus, and I enjoyed getting back into the series. Ian Rankin is an extremely skilled mystery writer, and his Rebus creation is awesome. John Rebus is a very complex character-brooding, intelligent, determined to solve mysteries at any cost even his own career as a policeman in the Edinburgh police force.

What I really enjoy about Mr. Rankin's books are his perfectly believable and sinister plots that just roll along with no Eleventh in a wonderful series! Rankin's books are his perfectly believable and sinister plots that just roll along with no lagging or side stepping. And Rebus is a real hard-boiled police inspector. We not only see the dark side of Edinburgh life, but we are up front and personal with Rebus' dark side at all times throughout each of the books. This book starts with a mummified body found boarded up in a fireplace at an old building undergoing construction.

Almost right away after this 20 some year old body is found, another body which is much fresher is discovered. The two appear to be unrelated to each other, but as Rebus and his team start digging, connections start appearing that reach far back into the Edinburgh underworld and an old nemesis reaches out to John Rebus as well. I cannot recommed this crime series enough. If you are a fan of United Kingdom police procedurals, then don't miss Rankin's wonderful Rebus series.

I know I will be continuing to read again after a little hiatus. View all 3 comments. Had important errands and could not put this book down. I am so out of sequence, suffering some confusion from that, but this was a tension-filled plot that maintained my interest to the end. All the characters were interesting and some even brilliantly conceived; music background added to the slow march to the truth; Edinburgh moving through change with construction featured as the new criminal opportunity; Cafferty reappears with falsified release from prison; Siobhan has some interesting assig Had important errands and could not put this book down.

All the characters were interesting and some even brilliantly conceived; music background added to the slow march to the truth; Edinburgh moving through change with construction featured as the new criminal opportunity; Cafferty reappears with falsified release from prison; Siobhan has some interesting assignments trying to help rape victim and then attracting unwanted attention and trouble for herself; daughter Sammy is offstage but being taken care of, and best she not know what treatment her father is subjected to by Cafferty leading up to New Year Jan 13, Fiona rated it liked it Shelves: So, I'm living in Edinburgh at the moment, and I'm a massive fan of crime fiction, and yet before now I've never read anything by Ian Rankin.

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Time to rectify that - I went to Edinburgh Central Library and picked out the paperback with the most interesting looking blurb. I'm a sucker for anything that looks like it's tangentially related to politics, so off I went. I am undecided about Rebus. The first chapter was a bit of an epic info-dump, and I found the ending unsatisfying and not particularly So, I'm living in Edinburgh at the moment, and I'm a massive fan of crime fiction, and yet before now I've never read anything by Ian Rankin.

The first chapter was a bit of an epic info-dump, and I found the ending unsatisfying and not particularly believable. Having said that, Rankin got from A to B like an absolute champion. The supporting cast was particularly strong, and I spent a long time thinking about the book when I wasn't actually reading it, which is always a good sign.

It did make the ending all the more disappointing, though - the man clearly knows how to write a good mystery. Hence, I'm undecided, but in a probably-ought-to-read-another-one-and-see-if-it's-a-running-theme kind of way. Now is the time, though, I have to admit: I think I got a lot more from this book for having the local knowledge that it's so clearly steeped in. I liked it partly because I love the city, and Rankin captures Edinburgh really very well. As an afterthought, the entire cast by rights ought to have liver poisoning by now. Jun 03, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Ian Rankin's crime thriller centres on the building of the new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh in During the construction work a body is discovered in an old fireplace.

The forensics suggest the victim was murdered 20 years before. Police are still attempting to identify the corpse when a second body is found on the site - and this time it's one of the prospective candidates for the new parliament.

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It's a high-profile case and the rising star of Lothian And Borders Police - year-old Detective Inspector Linford - is assigned to investigate, assisted by a reluctant John Rebus. Episode 2 of 2 In the final part of Ian Rankin's crime thriller, Rebus is investigating two murders on the site where the new Scottish Parliament is being built in Edinburgh in But he makes the mistake of sleeping with the sister of one of the victims.

Rebus begins to suspect all three cases could be linked - but crime boss Ger Cafferty has his own ideas about where the police investigation should be going. Dramatised by Chris Dolan. Other parts are played by the cast. Feb 12, Larraine rated it it was amazing. The title is perfect for this book. This whole story is about darkness in it's varying forms. A body is found in a building that is being torn down. It dates from A homeless man plunges to his death by suicide. Nothing to see here except he has , pounds in the bank.

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Then a prominent politician from well known Edinburgh family is murdered. Meanwhile two guys, friends since childhood, are roaming the streets at night, picking up women and raping them, leaving no trace behind. Rebus The title is perfect for this book. Rebus finds himself partnered with a young and upcoming Detective Inspector who turns out to have a few issues of his own when it comes to women.

To top it all off Cafferty, Rebus' old nemesis, has been released from jail because of a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Rebus smells something rotten there but can't prove a thing. This is a dark descent into murder, family dynamics and corruption. As always, it's wonderful even if the ending isn't quite as satisfactory as some might like. Another excellent Rebus mystery. I think I enjoyed this one more because it wasn't just Rebus trying to solve the murders; there were other officers, DS Wylie and Hood, as well as the lovely DS Siobhan Clark, assisting on the case and another of her own.

As well, DI Derek Linford, the poster boy for quick advancement, with his own secrets. Working three separate cases that might be tied together, a body found in the building site of the new Scotland Parliament, plus a suicide and another murder. Throw Big Ger, Rebus' old nemesis, into the mix and you've got a mystery with many twists and turns. Rankin does not let you down. Apr 21, Mark Harrison rated it really liked it. Excellent murder mystery connecting three different crimes twenty years apart in a web of family feuds and political backstabbing. Rebus is brilliant and troubled as always and has to face his great nemesis who has been returned to the streets.

Slightly rushed ending was a shame but still a great read. Aug 03, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: A long forgotten corpse in a walled-up fireplace fondly called 'skelly' throughout , a nameless, mysterious and bridge-jumping tramp with a bucket of cash stored away and an up-and-coming and popular politician from a famous Edinburgh family.

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Other than all being dead what could they possibly have in common? John Rebus, at his deducing best, suspects a link and doggedly pushes himself and his team to prove it. A well-written plot with enough red herrings to make it interesting but still coming A long forgotten corpse in a walled-up fireplace fondly called 'skelly' throughout , a nameless, mysterious and bridge-jumping tramp with a bucket of cash stored away and an up-and-coming and popular politician from a famous Edinburgh family.

A well-written plot with enough red herrings to make it interesting but still coming together by the end in a satisfying way. As always, Rebus' sleuthing is hindered by his personal bad judgement and less-than-respectful approach to dealing with many of his colleagues and superiors. Wylie and Hood, two newly recruited members to "team" Rebus show themselves to be effective detectives and "worthy" of Rebus' admiration which he demonstrates by his increasing faith and reliance on their skills. Siobhan, always steadfastly anchored in the Rebus camp, continues to be an integral part of any investigation and performs admirably in this story both in her continued support of her superior, her problem-solving strengths and her tough, assertive approach with the Fettes import who ends up a thorn in both her and Rebus' side.

As always, Rankin intertwines the personality of Edinburgh in all his stories and this one is especially effective as it reveals not only the current underbelly aka Big Ger Cafferty of this amazing city but the crooked and violent persona of an Edinburgh from 20 years past. Another terrific installment in this excellent series. I like DI John Rebus, he's brooding, clever, determined and a lovable scots character. He loves his whisky, food and cigarettes and makes a fantastic copper hell bent on doing everything against the rules! Rankin is a great writer, produces excellent story lines, characters and the history of Scotland, Edinburgh in particular, that encompasses the plot is always factual and interesting.

This was another great book in the Rebus series 11th with 3 storylines that came together seamlessly and a p I like DI John Rebus, he's brooding, clever, determined and a lovable scots character. This was another great book in the Rebus series 11th with 3 storylines that came together seamlessly and a possible opening into the next in the line of Rebus novels.

Aug 21, Margaret rated it liked it Shelves: Not the best of the Rebus novels I've read, but still not a bad read. I loathe the character of DI Derek Linford, so was absolutely delighted with the misfortunes of this character during the book. Probably more a book for the Rebus fans than the general crime fan.

Jan 18, Luffy rated it it was ok Shelves: I really need to get off my backside and find the time to read this series in chronological order. Ian Rankin, I've been told, is a master for describing the city of Edinburgh. No one apparently does it better. I didn't know or notice this fact. This is one of those books which discouraged me from reading all the series. The main reason for my reticence is that in the background there's is always the same one and only mob boss who's pulling the strings.


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Anyway this book did little for me. The 11th novel in the Rebus series. Two masked men abduct single women who leave a club. A young politician is murdered, and a mummified body is found in a chimney where the new Parliament is being built. And Big Cef is out of prison Rebus has to deal with all the following along with new eager blood in the force that is trying to prove itself.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. We've got a murder that took place so long ago that there are almost no living witnesses or suspects, a very contemporary murder, Rebus in political trouble, Rebus being self-destructive, and a couple of cases that have nothing whatsoever to do with the murders -- oh, and Big Ger Cafferty shows up to do something horrible and something helpful.

Farmer John is near retirement and comes up with an assignment to keep Rebus out of his hair -- he's part of a task force overseeing security on the construction for the impending Parliament. This construction uncovers a murder victim and Rebus and the rest of the task force begin investigating.

They can barely get started when another corpse shows up. This one is very fresh, and very connected to a prominent family -- politically and culturally. I'm not going to get into this much more than that -- there's a lot of good stuff in these cases, most of which we've seen variations of before. This doesn't make it bad, it's very Rebus-y material, told the way we've come to expect. The part of the book that fascinated me were the crimes that had little to do with the murders.

Siobhan Clarke starts off the book doing some work on a sexual assault case that isn't really hers, and then witnesses a suicide of a homeless man. This homeless man turns out to have plenty of money in the bank and a history that cannot account for that. Clarke threatens at times to take over the book with her investigations. Not just from her investigation, but the way that one uniformed officer describes her as "one of Rebus'" and the introspection, speculation and reaction to that observation causes in Clarke's life and work.

Incidentally, Clarke taking over the novel would be fine with me One of the storylines is perfect -- there's almost no interaction with any police characters, and resolves largely off-screen. Basically the way that most storylines actually resolve in the world. There are payoffs in the novel as a whole, but not in the way you'd expect.

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