Friday, December 07, 2012

‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ by Ian Rankin

7 December 2012

There was a degree of inevitability that, like Arthur Conan-Doyle with Sherlock Holmes, having retired his famous fictional detective, Ian Rankin would be persuaded to resurrect John Rebus. In ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ Rebus doesn’t have to return from death like Holmes. This is a more prosaic return from retirement which finds Rebus working, as a civilian, in a police cold case unit and, unsurprisingly, getting drawn into a current murder investigation. ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’, which I read as an unabridged audio book, narrated by James Macpherson, was an engrossing serial killer mystery with all the tropes that made Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels so successful. I felt a little disappointed with the denouement, which seemed a bit corny after the clever puzzle that was gradually unravelled through the rest of the book. But I enjoyed the return of Rebus and hope we haven’t seen the last of him.



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