Friday, April 12, 2013

Standing in Another Man's Grave

Civilian. Whether Standing in Another Man’s Grave is the first detective novel you’ve read that features John Rebus, or if you read every one of these terrific novels from Ian Rankin, chances are you will enjoy the characters, plot and complexity of this novel. Rebus is an old school detective and while now retired, he is working as a civilian in a cold case unit, and is considering a return to the police force. Having saved the life of a criminal, Ger Cafferty, in a prior novel, Rebus now has a fortnightly drink with Ger. That causes suspicion from an old nemesis of Rebus, DI Malcolm Fox of the Complaints (also known as Internal Affairs or Ethics and Standards). Through good luck, Rebus stumbles into a case, and charges ahead with his usual persistence, instinct, and skill. Some characters from earlier novels show up and the new ones are well drawn. I enjoyed every page of this finely written novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Standing in Another Man’s Grave from

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