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Edinburgh is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in 300 years. As political passions run high, DI John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident in Queensbury House, bang in the middle of his patch. But Queensbury House has its own, dark past.
Legend has it that a young man was roasted there on a spit by a madman. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered another more recent murder victim is found. Days later, in the gardens outside, there is another body and Rebus is under pressure to find instant answers.
As the case proceeds, the Inspector finds himself face to face with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals...
©2010 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group, Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Evolutionary Artefact on 08-23-12

Far too much 'rare-lish' from the reader

I have greatly enjoyed other Ian Rankin/Jack Harvey books from Audible - notably The Complaints - as well as other Rebus books I've read in print form. However, I am struggling to stay with this one as the narration is completely over the top: as if the reader is doing a pastiche of a fruity old Scottish actor auditioning for the part of a fruity old Scottish actor. An already dense plot patchwork and a large-ish cast of characters require minimal embellishment in the narration. Rebus's mean streets need a lot less relish.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 01-27-17

Definitely James Macpherson

Not sure what version other reviewers listened to, but it's definitely James Macpherson reading in the download I received, and he does an excellent job as usual.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 06-25-18

Another classic Rebus

A great read. Equally enjoyable for the seasoned Rebus fan or the newcomer alike. The novel is populated with well drawn characters, some likable and some not, but all very believable and realistic. It is always sad to get to the end of one of Ian Rankin's novels. One gets to find out who dunnit but also has to bid the characters farewell.

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