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Publisher's Summary

In book 20 of the series, John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over 10 years.
For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere.
Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus.
Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files. Necessary work, but it's not exactly scratching the itch he feels to be in the heart of the action.
Two more women have gone missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen. Unlike his skeptical colleagues, Rebus can sense a connection - but pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new.
Rebus may have missed the thrill of the hunt, but he's up against a powerful enemy who's got even less to lose.
On the 20th anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes an audiobook bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction's most dazzling stars. Standing in Another Man's Grave is the triumphant return of John Rebus, and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.
©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2012 Hachette
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By susan on 01-23-13

Rebus is back!

I was so excited when I saw that Ian Rankin was resurrecting John Rebus. This one was as good as the previous series which were uniformly excellent. I love the descriptions of Scotland and it's people, the story itself, and the narration was excellent.

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By Stevon on 07-15-13

another good Rebus

This is my 10th Ian Ranking book so I must like him. I visited Edinburgh, Scotland in the last year, where Rankin's John Rebus detective stories are set, and it was good recognizing some of the locales. This one was also set in Inverness and clear up to the northern coast of Scotland so there were lots of descriptions of the Scottish landscape and weather. The narrator in this book had a real Scottish brogue and in in the beginning it was a bit bothersome to understand what he was saying but it didn't take long to get into a groove and the Scottish became OK. But in the end, it's the John Rebus character that pulls you in, like most protagonists do in stories you like. Rebus is retired now but he's back in helping on some old cold cases when he comes across one involving some missing women that becomes really involved and he's right in the middle of it. Many of his old colleagues keep reminding him that he didn't always follow the rules, he smokes, he drinks too much, he doesn't exercise, his diet is terrible, all of the above but he still doggedly works the case just like he did before retiring. I really like the thoughts he has to himself about getting older, retiring, what to do with the rest of his life, maybe because I'm that age myself. Anyway, I enjoyed it, got through ti quickly, and recommend it to anyone that likes crime thrillers. Enjoy!

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