Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
(Detective Inspector Rebus)

86%

22 Critic Reviews

Rankin is clearly enjoying pitting his leads against each other here ...
-Guardian

Synopsis

John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten 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 twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes a novel 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.
 

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Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Standing in Another Man's Grave
All: 22 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Dec 13 2012

Rankin deserves every award he’s been given: an Edgar, a Gold Dagger, a Diamond Dagger. Surely there’s another one waiting for Rebus’ thrilling return to the fold.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Nov 17 2012

Rankin is clearly enjoying pitting his leads against each other here ...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Nov 01 2012

Cheeringly, it seems clear from the final pages that there will be more Rebus books to chart the next stage in Scotland's story.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 04 2013

...fans will be pleased...

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jan 18 2013

...a suspenseful, atmospheric, often droll novel in which the ex-inspector's new déclassé status...makes him, more than ever, a sympathetic underdog in his perennial battle with "the suits and bean-counters."

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum on Jan 17 2013

Fans will be truly satisfied with this much-deserved return and can only hope that Rankin has a few more Rebus mysteries in him.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Brunner on Jan 11 2013

Rankin is...spinning yet another irresistibly dreary tale around his authority-phobic antihero.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Jake Kerridge on Nov 05 2012

There are plenty of passages in this book to remind us why Rebus and Rankin have become a cherished part of the city’s incomparable literary heritage.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Sue Magee on Nov 01 2012

As a reviewer I read a lot of books but over the course of a year there will probably only be a handful which nail me to the chair and won't let go. Standing in Another Man's Grave is one of those. The characters are superb and they stay in the mind long after you've finished the book.

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Open Letters Monthly

Above average
Reviewed by Rohan Maitzan on Jan 19 2013

Standing in Another Man’s Grave is not quite a triumphant return to form...

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle Davies on Nov 18 2012

...it feels as though the culprit is introduced as an afterthought. As a consequence, the investigation concludes somewhat unconvincingly.

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Bestsellersworld

Excellent
Reviewed by Caryn St. Claire on Feb 19 2013

Rankin does spin a nice tale with lots of twists and turns.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
Reviewed by Anna Mundow on Jan 25 2013

...Ian Rankin did not invent this world...but he certainly immortalized it when he created Detective Inspector John Rebus...

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Good
Reviewed by P. M. Newton on Nov 24 2012

Whatever the future holds, Rebus is back and there's likely to be a bit more rage before the dying of his light.

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Scotsman.com

Excellent
Reviewed by David Robinson on Nov 04 2012

Rankin once again reveals himself to be a consummate craftsman of crime.

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Kings River Life

Good
Reviewed by Ted Feit on Jan 28 2013

It’s good to have Rebus back, and hopefully more is in store...

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The Coast

Excellent
on Nov 09 2012

Ian Rankin wasn’t finished with John Rebus after all.

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The Age

Above average
Reviewed by Winsor Dobbin on Dec 16 2012

John Rebus is back. Older, more irascible than ever...Among the toughness and pathos are also laugh-out-loud moments as Rebus revels in his own rudeness for rudeness' sake.

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Crime Fiction Lover

Good
Reviewed by DEATHBECOMESHER on Nov 08 2012

It’s a book that will more than satisfy Rebus-starved fans, but new acquaintances will find little difficulty in becoming thoroughly engrossed as well.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average
Reviewed by Yvonne Klein on Feb 19 2013

The plot is resolved almost perfunctorily, with neither the tension nor the drama we expect.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Jim Napier on Nov 01 2012

...a benchmark for contemporary noir, and much of its appeal lies in Rankin's masterful use of layered sub-plots, Rebus's nuanced relationship with Siobhan Clarke, his taut alliance with former crime boss Big Ger Cafferty, and the tension between Rebus and the force... His latest is very much up to the mark. Welcome back, Rebus!

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Rap Sheet

Excellent
Reviewed by J. Kingston Pierce on Nov 05 2012

...its mounting drama, character explorations, and humor make Standing in Another Man’s Grave well worth the reading time.

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