Standing in Another Man's Grave

Standing in Another Man's Grave After Five Years Out In The Cold Of Retirement Literally He S Been Working Cold Cases As A Civilian Rebus Has Managed To Wangle His Way Back To CID As A Semi Official Investigator In Standing In Another Man S Grave, Which Also Marks Five Years Since Our Last Fictional Sighting Of Him

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.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow He is also a past winner of the Chandler Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year s best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.A contributor to BBC2 s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin s Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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  • Paperback
  • 458 pages
  • Standing in Another Man's Grave
  • Ian Rankin
  • English
  • 09 October 2019
  • 9781409144724

10 thoughts on “Standing in Another Man's Grave

  1. says:

    Ian Rankin always writes good books and Standing in Another Man s Grave is possibly one of his best John Rebus was retired from the Force at the end of the last book and in this one he is back in a kind of honorary role He is still in top form, just as difficult as ever, just as determined to do things his own way He is also very smart and very well connected with both ex cops and ex criminals from his long history as a police officer All these things keep him one step ahead of every one else and able to break the case first.Rankin writes beautifully about Scotland and his descriptions are never superfluous or boring His characters are all well written and his dialogue realistic and frequently funny Rebus himself has a very dry wit and a very entertaining relationship with Siobhan Clarke Standing in Another Man s Grave is not fast paced or full of action It is an excellently well written police procedural which maintains the reader s interest from the first page to the last.

  2. says:

    Peter Robinson once told me that the superlative Ian Rankin would not let Inspector Rebus just fade away Seems Mr Robinson called it correctly What a treat to have Rebus back again Nov 6th.Finally done Thankfully, those 2 words do not apply to John Rebus.He s back and with all his idiosyncratic, defiant brilliant behaviours intact.Hated to see this book end Hoping against hope that Mr Rankin will not allow him to rest too long.

  3. says:

    Standing in Another Man s Grave Inspector Rebus, 18 by Ian Rankin.Let me start this review by thanking the author for finding life in retirement for Rebus His continuation of this marvelous Detective series is much appreciated by this reader.Rebus has retired BUT is continuing on the force at his old stomping grounds as a civilian in the cold case files A mispers is brought to his Rebus s attention by a mother searching for her missing daughteryears missing One missing girl leads to another and another Siobhan Clarke is with Rebus and is up for a big promotionif all goes well Being with Rebus usually means nothing goes well and that s just the beginning Rebus has also decided to rejoin the force and has his application on the dining room table Fate may have another idea for Rebus that may take him in a role he has never played before There are no words to describe the yearning to enter the world of Inspector Rebus book after book I must advise you, dear reader, that much of Rebus s history with his co workers as well as adversaries has been written prior to this story So be advised.

  4. says:

    Well, maybe if I say fuck a lot in this review won t seize it and lead it to an evil digital dungeonwait, I say fuck all the time anyway.A very enjoyable way to kill an afternoon Not a good entry point for anyone not familiar with the series, but hell, it s the eighteenth book For the rest of us, it s a nice installment Rankin, never very good with female characters, serves us up a weepy stalker in this one I was hoping Rebus would drown her in a bucket of her own tears, but I hoped in vain The book earns a major DING and DING again from me for making Siobhan and a high ranking female colleague have a bad case of the Stupids, i.e they re Not Rebus This is why people call me a bitch feminist Then again, to be fair to Rankin, everyone in a series like this is Stupid because they re Not Rebus, so Major bonus points for Rebus just being Rebus The murder and indeed the motive are really glossed over, and the romanticization of the Scottish Thugs 4 Lyf continues, but it s awesome to see Rebus just being Rebus again, which is sometimes all you want in a series Some dude named Fox whom I also wanted to drown in a bucket apparently visits from a less successful series Rankin is trying to launch, but fortunately only for four five chapters total Remember the Bond movie where Judi Dench dressed down which one was it then, Timothy Dalton at the beginning and then he went on Bonding his way all over the movie anyway It s like that Fox is foiled, of course, not just by being a berk but by Not Being Rebus The supposed theme of the book is dinosaurs of the past dying off and a newer generation moving up and moving on, except, well, Rebus He half heartedly cuts back on Silk Cuts and trades his IPA for Irn Bru, but his poor physical shape is emphasized throughout the novel, his heart banging alarmingly at times It doesn t matter, though the most unkillable character in modern literature, after the immortal vampire, is the murder dick I think when Christie died, at the end of his series Poirot was something like eighty five and yet still looked forty Twitter and cell phone snaps enter the picture, but what solves it is good old fashioned flatfoot footwork by Rebus, because, well, what else are you reading the series for The musical selection is, as always, pretty great and the title mondegreen is woven in very well If the publishers could wrest rights away from the music industry to include a CD or soundtrack link in each book they d make a mint I seem to remember Rankin had a book playlist on a while ago but I doubt it still works I predict this book will be amazing to American readers because Rebus damnear puts a girdle round Scotland in forty minutes, and here that wouldn t get you halfway through Montana Rebus enduring, dangerous, manipulative on both sides relationship with Cafferty is very good It d be great to see another book where they really clash Nobody would call Rankin a great writer well, I wouldn t take them seriously if they did but certain images are haunting the rained on full grave at the beginning, a pale hand barely visible at night reaching out of a shallow grave deep in a forest, ghosts of missing and dead girls haunting CCTV footage and cell phones.Despite the indefatigable nature of Rebus, whatever immortality he has depends on his fictional status his unreality Whereas for the rest of us, whatver s making us stand in or just above the open grave, death sooner or later shoves us all down into it And that s not even a crime Colin Dexter cemented his curmudgeonly status once and for all by killing off Morse, which I applaud intellectually but I ve only been able to read that book and see that series in which John Thaw was phenomenal just the once.

  5. says:

    At the end of Exit Music in 2008, Ian Rankin was forced to retire his cantankerous Scottish detective, John Rebus, because Rebus had hit sixty, which is or was the mandatory retirement age for detectives in Scotland Happily, Rebus now returns, albeit as a civilian assisting a cold case squad rather than as a full fledged detective.After writing a couple of novels featuring Malcolm Fox, who is in the Complaints or Internal Affairs Division and who is as sober and straight laced as Rebus is not, Rankin discovered that there was a small unit in Edinburgh comprised of three retired detectives led by one active detective who looked into cold cases.Rebus is now assigned to the unit and is visited by a woman named Nina Hazlitt Ten years earlier, her daughter, Sally, had disappeared, but Nina has not been able to get anyone to revive the case Rebus agrees to look at it and in digging through the musty files, discovers that a number of other young women have disappeared in much the same way from virtually the same location Now another girl has gone missing and Rebus believes that he s looking at the actions of a single serial killer.Rebus manages to work his way into the current investigation, which also involves his long time understudy, Siobhan Clarke, even though he still has no official standing He doggedly pursues the case, taking it in directions that the team leader doesn t necessarily believe fruitful, and along the way, he manages to antagonize a large number of people, just as he did in the old days.In an interesting sub plot, the retirement age has now been raised, and Rebus is considering applying for a return to active duty In the process, he runs head on into Malcolm Fox, who d prefer to see Rebus dead and buried, at least officially.All in all, it s a very entertaining story, and it s great to see Rebus back in the saddle again Rankin writes, as always, with a great sense of place, and it s fun to watch Rebus as the old dog who s trying to cope with a new age and with new ways of policing Long time fans of the series are in for a treat, as is any other fan of crime fiction who happens to come across this book.

  6. says:

    Clarke looked at him again When was the last time you actually left the city for pleasure, I mean He gave a casual shrug as she continued to study him, this time taking in his clothes James likes the officers under him to be presentable You might be under him from time to time, but not me In Standing in Another Man s Grave Rebus is semi retired and working cold cases with the SCRU, but hopes to return to CID with Lothian and Borders Police now that the retirement age has been raised By chance he is there when Nina Hazlitt arrives from London wanting to speak to the unit s founder, Gregor Magrath, now retired Hazlitt s daughter Sally went missing during millennium celebrations at Avie, not far from the A9, and Nina has been watching other cases of MisPer women disappearing along the same route over the years The latest case is of Edinburgh teenager Annette McKie, which is being investigated by Rebus former prot g , DI Siobhan Clarke with assistance from computer whiz DC Christine Esson, the team headed by the suave DCI James Page.Rebus is co opted to the CID investigation, even though evidence linking the MisPer cases is thin, and revolves around a photo taken on McKie s cell phone and sent to a friend at school with whom she plays computer games this matches an earlier case But was it taken by the MisPer or a serial abductor, and is it misdirection He leaves Edinburgh and drives north along the A9, interviewing the navvies working at roadworks around Pitlochry where Annette McKie was last seen saluting whiskey distilleries as he passes them, leading him to remote roads through the Scottish Highlands, making new friends and enemies But beyond the police procedural and the inevitable media scrum, there are the back stories of the MisPer themselves, where all is not what it seems.There is something comforting about a Rebus novel it s like slipping on a favourite pair of runners the main character seeks justice for the victims and closure for the families, and is not above bending the rules His lifestyle of whiskey and keeping company with underworld figures does not endear him to Malcolm Fox, head of Complaints , nor to the self serving career detectives, or his dry wit.Verdict enthralling.

  7. says:

    This is not Detective Inspector Rebus, rogue cop, picking up where he left off this is Mr John Rebus, civilian There is life in the old dog yet The shift in the dynamic between Clarke and Rebus Clarke is the boss now is one of the most compelling aspects of the book and Rebus biting his tongue to let her lead takes some getting used to.Less convincing is the shoehorning of Rankin s other bestselling cop character, anti corruption officer Malcolm Fox from The Complaints and The Impossible Dead , into a sub plot that sees him try to dig up dirt on Rebus to prevent his return to the force.The plot is brilliant, it is a labyrinth of twists and turns providing endless intrigue, a roller coaster ride till the end.Overall a good book that opens the door to another Rebus novel Keep your fingers crossed

  8. says:

    Rebus is back proclaimed the cover of this novel It was a major victory for Rebus to return into our lives after a hiatus Rebus is back in a civilian capacity working with the cold case unit in Edinburgh A mother approached him to look for her daughter who vanished years ago Rebus looks into moldy old files and find several women who vanished in that area Pushing himself into the investigating team, and being the revel and maverick that he is, he pisses everyone in his vicinity Ian Rankin did a great job bringing Rebus back, along with Siobhan Clarke, Big G, and some interesting secondary characters that show the underbelly of various Scottish towns

  9. says:

    oh look my original review on this is not anywhere to be found and I had a gazillion likes on it too GONE, and it must have gone before I transferred my records to Booklikes because there is no record of it there.Fuck you Goodreads So, trying to reconstructThe title is a mondegreen of this songIan Rankin on Jackie Leven and the map was this one

  10. says:

    The crime genre is filled with the drunken derelict You all know the cv, he s a loner does not play well with others, making enemies Usually he gets a long better with the people he is trying to put in prison But he is not corrupt, no he s the knight errant of the mean streets, the slightly bent but strong moral compass He will have a string of ex wives and girl friends, he s not sexist, will get a leg over when ever possible, but it seems he relates better to the dead than the living And there is always a poison, usually drink, they are always alcohol sodden But is when drunk they will get the result, with a whole of detritus in their wake.I have described about half the main characters of crime fiction Dave Robicheaux, Harry Hole, Harry Bosch, Joe Cashin, team of Kenzie and Gennaro Anyone from a James Elroy novel, John Rebus, Gene Hunt, and of course the Granddaddy Philip Marlowe, and the great granddaddy Sherlock Holmes though he preferred opium So why do I keep going back to these characters I love them, I find them impossibly sexy, slightly bloated from their years of hard drinking, the permanent scowl, the arrogance, the emotional distance I would go there in a second They are the bad boys with a heart of gold and heart disease Gorgeous.And the above John Rebus hero of Standing in another man s grave is every cell of this character Though now he has to go outside to smoke, and is constantly smelling smelling of mints and fast food from lunch time sessions at the pub The fact that he is now my father s age does not deter me for a second I have not read a Rebus novel for maybe 10 years, and Rebus has aged with it, retired but still in the game It was nice to catch up with the other characters who suddenly flooded my memory, see how they were all doing.This is a smart crime novel, Rankin knows this character inside out, the writing is a lot comfortable than in is first Malcolm Fox novel The Complaints where he is still figuring him out He has been writing Rebus for about 20 years There are a lot of balls in the air, which Rankin successfully juggles and intelligently I liked how each character had their own drive and ambition which pushed the novel into different directions which keeps the reader on their toes.

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