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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin

Standing in Another Man's Grave

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November 2012 Book of the Month.

The brand new crime novel from number one bestselling author Ian Rankin. Since Rebus’ first appearance in 1987, the novels have gained global acclaim, become international bestsellers and won Ian Rankin numerous awards. Rebus’ retirement in 2007 brought a huge outcry from his fans and hit headlines across the UK. His return was one of the most hotly anticipated literary events of 2012.

Ian Rankin says of the return of Rebus:

“I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us. He had never really gone away but was working for Edinburgh's cold case unit. And I knew I had a story that was a perfect fit for him.”

If you like Ian Rankin you might also like to read books by Colin Dexter, Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin

It's twenty-five years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and five years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE.

Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium. The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.


In September 2012 Lovereading asked members and browsers whether they would like to review this title for us. A few lucky readers were selected to do so and below you can find out what they thought:

'This is a pacy crime thriller with expertly drawn, vivid yet familiar characters. It’s impossible not to become totally engrossed in this punchy story. I just loved it.' - Joan Hill - Click here to read the full review.

'Fantastic to have Rebus back in action again – reading this book feels like meeting up with an old friend and catching up on old times – it feels like he’s never been away.' - Jennifer Stewart - Click here to read the full review.

'One of the best books I've read this year!...I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. Within the first few pages I already decided I liked Rebus. He has the most brilliant responses and lines that make you laugh out loud. He doesn't always do things by the book but you would definitely want him on your side because in the end he gets results.' - Reba Khatun - Click here to read the full review.

'A long time since I have read a book of such brooding and devilish ingenuity. Page turner, unputdownable are the usual cliched praise but in this instance fully deserved.Rankin has bought Rebus back and he's better than ever.' Barry Griffiths - Click here to read the full review.

'Make no mistake, Rebus is back! As laconic and as insolent as ever, he remains his own man, tenacious and determined to get to the truth...Truly Ian Rankin and John Rebus have lost nothing of their respective skills. Long may they continue to enthrall.' - Ray Orgill - Click here to read the full review.

The plot and characterisations are gripping, making this a book that I really wanted to read quickly but didn’t want to finish Tracey Poulter - Click here to read the full review.

Standing In Another Man’s grave is a brilliant read; Ian Rankin at his gritty best. I hope Rankin and Rebus continue to bring enjoyment to crime fiction fans for a long time to come. – Emily Wright Click here to read the full review.

Having read all the previous Rebus novels, I was eagerly awaiting this book and it did not disappoint… it was a great book which will appeal to anybody who likes a fast moving read. Elisabeth Thomas - Click here to read the full review.

'I was eagerly awaiting this book as I am a massive fan of Rebus books. I was however very disappointed. I found that it started very slowly and seemed to take a while to warm up and pick up pace. For me it lacked the grittiness of his previous novels, posssibly because the role of Rebus in the police force has changed so he is no longer his own boss but has to bow to his superiors. Although he does break away and finally solves the case on his own I just found that the whole book was lukewarm, for me a real disappointment' - Judith Cooper

About the Author

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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8th November 2012


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