Standing in Another Man's Grave

Rankin, Ian

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Standing in Another Man's Grave
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. He's investigating the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. Unlike his skeptical colleagues, Rebus can sense a connection. But pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new. Two Scottish detectives investigate the disappearance of a hitchhiking teenage girl, their only clue a photo sent from the missing girl's cell phone.

Publisher: New York :, Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 9780316224604
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 21, 2015
  • ndexter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ina Rankin's protagonist crime solver, John Rebus, behaves in typical fashion of being self-centered, a loner, not a team player, ignores policy, procedures, and department rules, rebellion against leadership, excessive smoking and drinking, etc., all in pursuit of a serial killer. The Rebus character's mantra is perseverance in pursuit of a principle, no matter the cost, is understandable, justifiable. and acceptable. While there are elements of intellect, and expert crime solving techniques and abilities shown by Rebus for most of this story, Rankin lets the story and reader persevere into boredom. Through Rebus's egocentric, obsession filled, delusional, unbelievable , and unrealistic assumptions and pursuit of the antagonist, he brings resolution and much welcomed closure to this tale.

Sep 02, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Detective Rebus has retired, but is now back as a civilian investigating a series of missing women along a stretch of Scottish highway. A page-turning mystery with some beautiful descriptions of Scottish landscape."

Jan 24, 2014

This was the first Rebus story that i have read. It was an excellent piece of suspenseful writing. Rankin is a master storyteller.

Dec 29, 2013
  • AuntJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love the Rebus series, but you definitely can't start at the end - you have to get to know him first to appreciate him. I was happy to have a catchup with Rebus and Siobhan.

Nov 07, 2013
  • PrinceBishop rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read for chilly November evenings. I'm amazed that Rebus is still standing, even if it is in another man's grave. Siobhan still turns my crank. Malcolm Fox is a total jerk.

Sep 21, 2013
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Poor old Rebus is starting to look a bit forlorn. He has no power in the police force as he is retired and he drinks and smokes too much for the modern sensibility. I know he is supposed to be a maverick but I think Rankin needs to bring character into the 21st century, put him on a team, maybe like R.E.D. and give him some clout. The plot was terrific as always but was this really just a wake for Rebus?

Sep 02, 2013
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hard drinking, heavy smoking, rock and roll loving John Rebus is back, as irascible as ever. He’s not drinking quite as much but he’s meeting with series nemesis Big Ger once a week for a drink. Now Rebus is a civilian looking into cold cases when he takes a call from a woman whose daughter went missing several years ago. She reveals a pattern to Rebus who immediately starts an investigation that disrupts police routines and peoples’ lives as much as it solves the mystery.

Rebus runs roughshod over police procedures and even performs illegal activities to solve the mysteries (there’s always more than just one mystery). He reads inept superiors at first glance and turns them into his foils. Rebus’ style is anarchic and it’s always enjoyable when stuffy superiors are proven wrong and Rebus eventually is proven right. The fun is in getting there.

Aug 19, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Thanks Rankin for bringing Rebus back for another run. Not my fave but still love the big lug. Most enjoyed the added description of a drive I love & can't get enough of - wild, desolate, breath-taking beautiful!!

Aug 06, 2013
  • kelliyfults rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

could have been edited some: too many different agencies involved in this Scottish case- 'extra' characters didn't assist in the plot...the actual crimes received little attention. I have enjoyed other Rebus stories far more.

Jun 28, 2013
  • vic17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Its great to have Rebus back.

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