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In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won’t. Now he’s got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.
©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A superior series." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ian Rankin, you cannot go wrong." (The Boston Globe)
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By connie on 04-04-15

for Rebus diehards only

I recently re-listened to the Rebus series in order since they are all available to me now. Most stood up - or played even better taken chronologically. In this one, however, Rebus is still an Adam Dalgliesh wanna-be, drinking Chablis, reading and listening to the classics, friendship-hugging vulnerable women. And Rankin is still learning how to write. That said, it's still a decent mystery, just not what we'd expect from Rebus or Rankin a little later in their careers. The biggest value was seeing Holmes and Rebus at the start of their relationship.

I really dislike Page as a Rebus narrator - but that's a more personal choice.

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By Mark E. White on 05-26-17

Who wants to read about Rebus as a bully?

In this book Rebus is a bully and a selfish cad who blows relationships with women through crude and obtuse behavior.

Great pace and tension though and terrific ending.

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