The Beat Goes On : Inspector Rebus

  • by Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by James Macpherson
  • Series: Inspector Rebus
  • 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man The New Yorker calls "the ideal sleuth".
Brilliant, irascible, and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. The Beat Goes On collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before-published tales written specifically for this collection.
From his beginnings as a young detective constable in "Dead and Buried" right up to his dramatic but not quite final retirement in "The Very Last Drop", Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family's darkest secrets to light.
The Beat Goes On is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove - a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.


What the Critics Say

"Rankin bangs out a rich, rowdy prose...Rebus has become one of the great modern cops, a kind of Scottish cousin to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch." (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post)
"Rankin shows no signs of losing steam with John Rebus.... [H]is interaction with Malcolm Fox works to build empathy for both characters, as fans discover a side of Fox not seen before.... Rankin's gift with dialogue, his wit and raw examination of human nature continue to intensify, resulting in a resonant reading experience for both seasoned series devotees and new Rebus recruits." (Shelf Awareness)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great collection of short stories

What made the experience of listening to The Beat Goes On the most enjoyable?

I love well written short stories. And this is a collection of very well written short stories.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a collection of stories so I will chose one "The Dean Curse". Nicely done with a nice plot twist.

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- Charles H. Perry Jr.

Awesome Narrator!

Where does The Beat Goes On rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top marks for this collection of short mystery stories.

What other book might you compare The Beat Goes On to and why?

Reminds me a tad of Sherlock Holmes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Author enables reader to solve most mysteries!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rebel Rebus Returns

Any additional comments?

James Macpherson is now my favorite narrator!!! He's absolutely fabulous!!

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- LydSqd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio