In a House of Lies (Inspector Rebus, #22)
IN A HOUSE OF LIES...Everyone has something to hideA missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.Everyone has secretsDetective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.Nobody is innocentEvery officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

In a House of Lies (Inspector Rebus, #22) Details

TitleIn a House of Lies (Inspector Rebus, #22)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 18th, 2018
PublisherOrion
ISBN-139781409176886
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller

In a House of Lies (Inspector Rebus, #22) Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    So Ian Rankin gives us the 22nd in the Edinburgh series featuring the iconic DI John Rebus, except Rebus is retired, although when was that ever going to stop him? He may well have given up the fags and curbed his excessive need for the drink, he may well have trouble climbing the stairs with his emphysema but he has not forgotten his well honed detective gut instincts. A group of schoolboys in Poretoun wood discover a well hidden red VW polo, in the boot is the body of a dead man with his feet So Ian Rankin gives us the 22nd in the Edinburgh series featuring the iconic DI John Rebus, except Rebus is retired, although when was that ever going to stop him? He may well have given up the fags and curbed his excessive need for the drink, he may well have trouble climbing the stairs with his emphysema but he has not forgotten his well honed detective gut instincts. A group of schoolboys in Poretoun wood discover a well hidden red VW polo, in the boot is the body of a dead man with his feet in handcuffs. The dead man turns out to be gay private investigator, Stuart Bloom, who disappeared in 2006, whilst working for film producer, Jackie Ness, in his fight over a land deal he wanted for film studios, he was up against Adrian Brand who wanted it for a golf course. The police team looking into Bloom's disappearance at the time came to be discredited in later years, with Bloom's mother, Catherine, accusing it of corruption and negligence. The new murder case is to open a can of worms, in which no-one comes out well, no-one is innocent and that includes Rebus. It is a house of lies, speaking of families and the lies they tell each other, in more ways than one. DI Siobhan 'Shiv' Clarke's reputation has a cloud hanging over it, she has been the focus of ACU, the new version of Complaints, Professional Standards with DS Brian Steele and DC Grant Edwards looking at her for leaking to a journalist contact, Laura Smith. Steele and Edwards were uniforms part of the original 2006 police team, nicknamed the Chuggabugs from the Wacky Races. Clarke has been seconded to the murder inquiry headed by DCI Graham Sutherland. Clarke is getting silent phone calls from public phone boxes. With her eye on the ACU efforts to get her for anything, Clarke asks Rebus to look into the murder conviction of Ellis Meikle for killing his beautiful girlfriend. DI Malcolm Fox has been based at Gartcosh, and with his superiors mindful of the possible ramifications to Police Scotland of the Bloom case, he is asked to go over the old case files to identify problematic areas and any corrupt police practices that took place. Needless to say, Morris Gerald Cafferty, Big Ger, the now revived gangster plays a part in the case, still regretful of the ambitions he had been forced to let go of in 2oo6.I am not sure how long Ian Rankin can continue this series given Rebus's state of health and retirement, but there is still plenty of life left in Rebus, so I hope he has a long well deserved future. There is no-one quite like Rebus for deploying all that he knows and engaging in machinations worthy of Big Ger himself when it comes to getting a result when it looks out of reach. Rebus may well be viewed as a dinosaur in the modern Police Scotland, but there is no doubt that old policing skills and instincts have their place which computers, IT, and CCTV are unable to replicate. The constant reorganisation, restructuring and bone deep budget cuts facing the police is made clear in the novel. This is another fantastic addition to what is a brilliant and well loved series. Highly Recommended. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • Bill Lynas
    January 1, 1970
    Ian Rankin's legendary creation John Rebus may have retired from the police force, but he's lost none of his investigation skills. With over twenty books in the Rebus series Rankin, like the detective himself, shows no sign of slowing down.In A House Of Lies is dramatic, thrilling & surprising. It's also full of humour & great dialogue.....& that's just the first two chapters.It is perhaps more of a John Rebus/Siobhan Clarke thriller, as Rebus is now retired & it's not quite as e Ian Rankin's legendary creation John Rebus may have retired from the police force, but he's lost none of his investigation skills. With over twenty books in the Rebus series Rankin, like the detective himself, shows no sign of slowing down.In A House Of Lies is dramatic, thrilling & surprising. It's also full of humour & great dialogue.....& that's just the first two chapters.It is perhaps more of a John Rebus/Siobhan Clarke thriller, as Rebus is now retired & it's not quite as easy to squeeze him into the action. However, he does have some truly excellent moments in this story. Does he have much time left before it all ends ? I, for one, certainly hope not.
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  • Nat K
    January 1, 1970
    Finally got my hot little hands on a copy from the library. Roll on weekend!And a quick flick shows that Rebus still has Brillo (his dog). Nice one. It's all coming back to me now.
  • Sid Nuncius
    January 1, 1970
    Rebus may have been told that he is in a “managed decline,” but I’m delighted to say that Ian Rankin certainly isn’t. In A House Of Lies is excellent.When long-dead body is discovered in an abandoned car Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are part of the MIT investigating. Rebus, now well retired from the force, was part of the original investigation and becomes involved in this, too – not always to the delight of the team. It’s classic Rankin: complex, well structured and nuanced, with his three ce Rebus may have been told that he is in a “managed decline,” but I’m delighted to say that Ian Rankin certainly isn’t. In A House Of Lies is excellent.When long-dead body is discovered in an abandoned car Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are part of the MIT investigating. Rebus, now well retired from the force, was part of the original investigation and becomes involved in this, too – not always to the delight of the team. It’s classic Rankin: complex, well structured and nuanced, with his three central characters especially being extremely well drawn.There’s a lot of good crime fiction being written at the moment, but for me, this shows why Ian Rankin still stands out from the rest and remains among among the very best writers in the genre. He generates an excellent and wholly unforced atmosphere, sense of place and feel of police work and his characters, plot and dialogue are all completely convincing to me. That long, shadowy, complex relationship between Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty is still a brilliant feature and Rankin is doing an excellent job of widening the central focus of the books to include Clarke and Fox. Most of all, In A House Of Lies is completely compelling; I was hooked and sorry to reach the end.Probably all that really need be said is that this is a very fine Ian Rankin novel. The man is still at the peak of his form and I can recommend this very warmly indeed.(My thanks to Orion for an ARC via NetGalley.)
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Well there's nothing stopping Rebus is there?Coming back on the scene for a cold case and getting into some really troubling lies.Set in Edinburgh, it's familiar territory as far as the city goes, but there's nothing familiar about what Rebus finds in this novel.Tip: Venture yee not into Poretoun woods near the city. Oh they're fictional thank goodness. Just as well.Loved the warmth and humour of the novel that only Rebus/Rankin can give. I've been on a 'wacky race' around Edinburgh a few times Well there's nothing stopping Rebus is there?Coming back on the scene for a cold case and getting into some really troubling lies.Set in Edinburgh, it's familiar territory as far as the city goes, but there's nothing familiar about what Rebus finds in this novel.Tip: Venture yee not into Poretoun woods near the city. Oh they're fictional thank goodness. Just as well.Loved the warmth and humour of the novel that only Rebus/Rankin can give. I've been on a 'wacky race' around Edinburgh a few times with this writer but this one had me chuckling as well as gasping in fear. ;)
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  • David Gooch
    January 1, 1970
    A dead body from an investigation years back turns up in a car and what are the chances that retired DI Rebus will know who he is and about the case? Odds on if you know anything about Rebus from previous experience.Once he knows about the body, he does his usual of trying to get in on the case and find out what's going on. Mainly to cover his back as he was on the original investigation and also because, as we know with Rebus, he just can't help himself. The current crew investigating do their A dead body from an investigation years back turns up in a car and what are the chances that retired DI Rebus will know who he is and about the case? Odds on if you know anything about Rebus from previous experience.Once he knows about the body, he does his usual of trying to get in on the case and find out what's going on. Mainly to cover his back as he was on the original investigation and also because, as we know with Rebus, he just can't help himself. The current crew investigating do their best to keep him away but you know with Rebus that won't happen don't you. DI Clarke even tries getting him investigating an old case of hers to help keep him out but like a boomerang he just keeps coming back. All his major characters are here with Rebus and involved, DI Clarke, DI Fox, Cafferty, et al, as they search to find the killer they couldn't find years back. What will come out of the woodwork and who will get a bloody nose in this one from the police to others? That is what makes this book so readable and enjoyable. You know before you read an Ian Rankin novel that it will be well written and keep you enthralled all the way through and it does that and more. He leads you down the many strands he creates in a story and you wonder what will be relevant and not come the final reckoning. Finally he delivers an ending which has kept you guessing from page one....what more can you ask?This is undoubtedly one of the best novels of this year so don't miss out, make sure you read it.
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  • David Harris
    January 1, 1970
    In a House of Lies is, of course, the latest book about John Rebus, sometime DI with Lothian and Borders Police. That will be enough for most people to just decide to read - it would (was) be enough for me. But as this series evolves, Rankin continues to develop his characters and to address new challenges and there is a fair bit here to analyse, so please indulge me.Rebus is now retired and in declining health. Ill with COPD (the two flights of stairs to his flat becoming "a definite issue"), h In a House of Lies is, of course, the latest book about John Rebus, sometime DI with Lothian and Borders Police. That will be enough for most people to just decide to read - it would (was) be enough for me. But as this series evolves, Rankin continues to develop his characters and to address new challenges and there is a fair bit here to analyse, so please indulge me.Rebus is now retired and in declining health. Ill with COPD (the two flights of stairs to his flat becoming "a definite issue"), he has given up smoking - couldn't get too grips with vaping, too tech - and is largely off the booze (the Oxford Bar hardly features, and we even witness Rebus visiting a pub... for a coffee).Lothian and Borders Police has gone, too, swallowed up into Police Scotland, a unitary force run from the glossy "crime campus" at Gartcosh, miles from Edinburgh. Instead of local detectives investigating murders, a mobile squad - MIT ("Major Incident Team") is parachuted in as required with experienced cops like Siobhan Clarke squeezed out. It's not hard to see Rankin's frustration with this situation ("This was the way things were now, thanks to the changes at Police Scotland - local CID reduced to a secondary role..." "Police Scotland's process of centralisation meant a lot of local information-gathering either didn't happen or went ignored") especially since in recent books he's had to devote a lot of ingenuity not only to making Rebus's presence, but even that of Clarke, the other real regular from the old days, plausible, even before getting the story itself moving.In a House of Lies achieves the former by making one of Rebus's old cases relevant again when a missing person is found long dead. Rebus can therefore be brought in to elucidate the botched enquiry from 2006 and as a bonus, Malcolm Fox gets to give the original case papers a once-over. Clarke is attached to the enquiry for her local knowledge. In terms of plausibility I think this is one of the better set-ups of recent books (Rebus doesn't have to keep trying to blag his way into the enquiry room) even if it does mean repeating what feels like a bit of a running theme: Rebus in the sights of Complaints for past failings and potentially taking the rap for the corrupt and lazy - even though (as we know well) he may always have been unconventional, but was never corrupt or lazy. It's perhaps in keeping with this somewhat backward-looking and even elegiac mood that a recurring theme here is memory and its trickiness. Clarke stores names on her phone, in case she forgets them. Rebus accuses her and her generation of having short memories, and having "forgotten how to store information". He wonders about the point of "dusting off people's memories" from the earlier enquiry, and how soon they will forget the body found in the woods. Amidst all this loss of memory, despite the vague promise that soon it will all be "kept in the Cloud, whatever that is", it's not surprisingly Rebus - and his old nemesis Cafferty - who know what's what even if "it was hard [for Rebus] to remember the person he'd been, new to the city and new to the job" (a bit of a sly joke there, perhaps, given the way that Rankin has reinvented and reinterpreted Rebus over the course of this series).But this series is far from becoming a showcase for grumpy old men (whether characters or author). There is a considerable freshness to In a House of Lies whether it's the greater sense of equality between Clarke, Rebus and Fox (in previous books, there has been a hierarchy which has dotted about a bit with one or the other of the three on top at different times depending who is investigating who, whether Rebus is in or out of the police and where Clarke is in her career), Rebus (finally!) taking more care of his health or - oddly - Cafferty, who clearly has Plans (and is considerably more adroit with the tech than Rebus, as Rankin makes clear when describing his infosec measures)The story itself is pacy, twisty and substantial. Apart from the body that comes to light, Clarke is being threatened, giving her an early excuse to bring in Rebus with a relatively self-contained task. I thought for a while that was going to be Rebus's main role in the story, with the focus on her. That might not be before time (personally I'd love a series of Siobhan Clarke novels with Rebus backgrounded) but perhaps Rankin knows his audience too well for this. At any rate, Rebus gets plenty to do here, and on the main case, though perhaps he doesn't quite own the stage as in the past.I only had a couple of reservations. First, in a couple of places the portrayal of secondary women characters seemed a bit perfunctory, with a main feature being how much make-up they wore - either too much, or little or none because "she really didn't need it" (of course, it may be she just didn't bother with it, or was in a bit of a hurry that morning...) And there's reference to Cafferty's investment in a low budget British film in the mid 2000s having produced a profit. No way was there a profit - that investment would have been for tax purposes, designed to produce a loss. However, perhaps that's not a lapse by Rankin and Cafferty knew this all along - or the producer would have received an unwelcome surprise of some sort - and is spinning a line for Rebus. OK, maybe I'm being a bit picky here. Overall, for me, this is one of the best, if not the best, Rebus story since Rankin brought the character back after Exit Music. It has a complex, satisfying story, plenty of atmosphere and lots for my favourite three detectives to do, with, apparently, plenty of life still in the series.
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  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Crime is not something I often read but I do enjoy watching the John Rebus series on TV so when I noticed this book I thought I'd give it a read.The story opens up well with the discovery of a dead body. It engaged my attention and had me interested. A private investigator locked in a car and hidden in the woods but it seems the murder happened years ago causing the reopening of an old investigation that to be honest became a little tedious for my tastes. I didn't especially engage with the char Crime is not something I often read but I do enjoy watching the John Rebus series on TV so when I noticed this book I thought I'd give it a read.The story opens up well with the discovery of a dead body. It engaged my attention and had me interested. A private investigator locked in a car and hidden in the woods but it seems the murder happened years ago causing the reopening of an old investigation that to be honest became a little tedious for my tastes. I didn't especially engage with the characters as the story developed and really only looked forward to scenes with Rebus so in the end I wasn't too fussed about who had committed the crime all those years ago.Perhaps crime genre does not suit my reading tastes and perhaps if I had known the other characters, from having read previous stories in this series. maybe I would have enjoyed this book more. I would certainly recommend seeking out other reviews as I suspect many readers will appreciate this novel more than I did.Advance copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of In a House of Lies, the twenty-second novel to feature Edinburgh based former DI John Rebus of Police Scotland.When an abandoned car is found down a gully in some woods further investigation uncovers a skeleton in the boot. DI Siobhan Clarke is seconded to the investigative team, closely followed by Rebus inserting himself into the investigation because not only does he know who the skeleton is he was part of the t I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of In a House of Lies, the twenty-second novel to feature Edinburgh based former DI John Rebus of Police Scotland.When an abandoned car is found down a gully in some woods further investigation uncovers a skeleton in the boot. DI Siobhan Clarke is seconded to the investigative team, closely followed by Rebus inserting himself into the investigation because not only does he know who the skeleton is he was part of the team that investigated the original disappearance. As that investigation made little headway and was subject to several complaints by the victim's family DI Malcolm Fox is sent to investigate the original enquiry.I thoroughly enjoyed In a House of Lies which is an appealing mix of genuine mystery, lies, misdirection, personality clashes and a dash of black humour, all told in a very readable style. From the opening paragraphs I felt invited in and settled in the novel, just from the engaging style of the writing, but it isn't long before the plot takes over and then I couldn't put it down. It is quite a complicated novel, not so much the basic premise (whodunnit) but the sorting out of links between the characters and their self interest and motives because with Rebus involved nothing is straightforward. And yet, it is not a difficult novel to follow or understand. I was enthralled by the detail and amazed yet again by Rebus's smarts and ability to wriggle out of trouble! The body might be failing but the mind is still razor sharp.Rebus is one of my favourite fictional detectives as his character is very recognisably older generation Scottish with a healthy disregard for authority, a stubbornness to do it his way and a devious mindset that allows him to do so. He regards the rule book as suggestions, sails close to the wind and mostly comes out of the havoc he causes, if not smelling of roses, at least with the right result. And, of course, you never really know what he's thinking. Mentally he's on top form in this novel, twisting arms left, right and centre to get the information he requires. Physically his COPD is taking its toll. Great stuff.In a House of Lies is an excellent read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    I have a soft spot for Rebus given it was this series that got me interested in reading crime fiction in the first place, and I can't believe we still have new additions to it so many years after it began, not that there is any reason to stop producing a series that is universally popular. This is, in fact, the twenty-second novel to feature Edinburgh-based former Detective Inspector John Rebus of Police Scotland. You often find as a series wears on that the author becomes a little despondent an I have a soft spot for Rebus given it was this series that got me interested in reading crime fiction in the first place, and I can't believe we still have new additions to it so many years after it began, not that there is any reason to stop producing a series that is universally popular. This is, in fact, the twenty-second novel to feature Edinburgh-based former Detective Inspector John Rebus of Police Scotland. You often find as a series wears on that the author becomes a little despondent and lacks the oomph that was provided and put into earlier books, but there's no such issue here. Rankin is still very much at the top of his game!Despite Rebus being practically retired, here he is strongly featuring in 'In A House of Lies' where he assists the police with an intriguing cold case. The plot deals with a missing private investigator who is found and points to police corruption. Much like what is going on in reality, Rebus's old headquarters at Lothian & Borders Police is now defunct and has moved to a centralised location in Gartcosh near Edinburgh. So, to oversee the reinvestigation of the old case DI Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are parachuted in from the Major Incident Team (MIT). This is a soundly structured, complex and subtly nuanced tale, and each of the characters are superbly drawn but particularly Rebus, Fox and Clarke.As always, the pace is impeccable, the plot interesting enough that you become immersed quickly and Rebus, even though he is no longer in charge, is still a unique character that knows his own mind, is confident is his abilities, and although he may be a little unconventional we all know that all of the best people always are! However, with his COPD creating havoc in terms of breathing and his issues with alcohol and cigarettes not to mention his age, he now has more important priorities than just police work.Another wonderful addition to Scottish Noir with plenty of wit and dry humour and an atmosphere few crime writers know how to create! I challenge any crime buff to not enjoy this novel. The multiple strands of the plot are woven together seamlessly by a true master of the genre. I hope both him and Rankin are on top of their game for the foreseeable!Many thanks to Orion for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Diane Dickson
    January 1, 1970
    The writing was excellent of course. The characters are quite a number of old friends. The plot is intriguing and fairly complicated but unrolls to a very satisfactory conclusion. I enjoyed it but do you know what - I really wish Rebus wasn't retired and he wasn't sick. It makes me sad when I read the books and really with a crime book I don't want to feel like that. However, I am still a fan but the trouble is what is wrong with him is not going away so we can't hope for improvement. Sad.
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  • David Highton
    January 1, 1970
    A very well structured plot, has to be to keep the long-retired Rebus having a credible role. A body discovered in woodland turns out to be the missing person from a Rebus case in 2006, with Clarke on the investigating team, and as a secondary plot Rebus helps Clarke review a recent conviction. Brilliant stuff!
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  • Sophie Eminson
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I understand that Ian Rankin can write crime. That much is obvious. But In A House of Lies has been coined a ‘thriller’, and honestly, the first half of the novel is about as thrilling as my Monday evenings. Rankin takes a lot of time setting the scene with so many different characters, both from Rebus’ past and quite a few new faces, which ultimately leads to too many threads leading to the investigation. In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin is out now from Orion Books. My rating: 2.5*.The st Okay, I understand that Ian Rankin can write crime. That much is obvious. But In A House of Lies has been coined a ‘thriller’, and honestly, the first half of the novel is about as thrilling as my Monday evenings. Rankin takes a lot of time setting the scene with so many different characters, both from Rebus’ past and quite a few new faces, which ultimately leads to too many threads leading to the investigation. In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin is out now from Orion Books. My rating: 2.5*.The storySimply put, a body has been uncovered of a man who went missing more than a decade ago. There are handcuffs around his ankles, so everybody is a suspect, including the police who worked the missing persons case way back when. So, of course Rebus knows all about it. He trots up, bringing a few nearly forgotten characters from the series with him and offers vague clues and gets in the way right until the end. Clarke and Fox and a myriad of other police ranking at varying levels of seniority band together to discover the truth. But will they get to the bottom of it?What I thought…In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin is not a thriller. It is a crime novel with a thousand police, members of authority and everybody is stepping on one another’s toes to hide the truth, or to discover it. There are far too many characters, old and new, making this book difficult to follow and enjoy. Also, now that Rankin has clearly exhausted his interest in Rebus as a main character, I believe that he should move on to and stick with his new detectives, or create a new series in a new setting where it isn’t convenient for Rebus to stick his nose in wherever it suits him.While I agree that Rankin can definitely write and tell a story, it was a struggle to get through this book. I didn’t get to enjoy a fast-paced, thrilling who-dunnit, or simply even the police procedures of interviews and searching for evidence, as I was far too busy trying to keep track of who was who and what their role was in the narrative. I believe that Rebus is a dead-weight character, and it is time for him and his huge series to be left on the shelf so that a new protagonist can be formed in Rankin’s mind.Overall, I found In A House of Lies to be quite disappointing. I would recommend this book only to die-hard Rankin/Rebus fans, as new readers would not know the characters or the history which has made this story possible. Thank you to NetGalley and Orion for my advance e-copy of In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    No need to say anything. Rankin and Rebus is a winning combination.
  • Julie Garner
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book.So many lies, hidden under layers of mistruths and misdirections. What a stunning return to Inspector Rebus in book number 22. That said, Rebus is just one of the team that is a key part of this tale with DI Clarke strong at it's helm. The blurb is correct - everyone has secrets and nobody is innocent. Every single person in this book has something to hide that bubbles up to the surface when Rebus starts putting his nose in where it is not necessa I received an advanced reading copy of this book.So many lies, hidden under layers of mistruths and misdirections. What a stunning return to Inspector Rebus in book number 22. That said, Rebus is just one of the team that is a key part of this tale with DI Clarke strong at it's helm. The blurb is correct - everyone has secrets and nobody is innocent. Every single person in this book has something to hide that bubbles up to the surface when Rebus starts putting his nose in where it is not necessarily wanted.There are so many people at play in this book that it is extremely hard to put your finger on the person who is most guilty and who pulled that final deed. I had no clue as I delved into the mysteries within - not even a hint at who or where the killer was hiding. I LOVE that! After 22 Rebus books, Rankin is still able to get my attention and hold it until the very end before slapping me in the face with something that makes me go ooohhhhhhhh! That explains it!Great for Rebus fans and crime readers. This book is for anyone that wants to be led on a chase without guessing the conclusion before arriving.
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  • Nicki Southwell
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 22nd Rebus book and sadly one I did not enjoy as much as the others I have read.Now retired, DI John Rebus is helping on a cold case with Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox. An investigation into the disappearance of Private Investigator Stuart Bloom, has now taken a turn as his body is found in his car, covered up in Poretoun Wood, but was he there for all those years? They searched the area thoroughly so can only assume that he and the car have been moved.Even though the pace is up amo This is the 22nd Rebus book and sadly one I did not enjoy as much as the others I have read.Now retired, DI John Rebus is helping on a cold case with Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox. An investigation into the disappearance of Private Investigator Stuart Bloom, has now taken a turn as his body is found in his car, covered up in Poretoun Wood, but was he there for all those years? They searched the area thoroughly so can only assume that he and the car have been moved.Even though the pace is up amongst other R3bus stories, this does delve deeply into the corruption within the force. In fact, a great deal of the book is taken up with this. It appears that the original investigation is peppered with it,I found this is a shame as the other Rebus novels I have read have been action-packed.I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.
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  • Anne Fenn
    January 1, 1970
    Oh no I've finished this book! I hate to see those words concerning Rankin and Rebus, I loved every minute back in their company. It does have a very different slant on Rebus, he's seen through the prism of past years and years of work, when we saw him doggedly solving cases no one else can. Now he really is retired but one of the cases he was involved with many years ago has come under renewed study, as the body in question has turned up. So many derogatory comments about John, or Rebus, by thi Oh no I've finished this book! I hate to see those words concerning Rankin and Rebus, I loved every minute back in their company. It does have a very different slant on Rebus, he's seen through the prism of past years and years of work, when we saw him doggedly solving cases no one else can. Now he really is retired but one of the cases he was involved with many years ago has come under renewed study, as the body in question has turned up. So many derogatory comments about John, or Rebus, by this new team! Rebus's name is really not positively regarded at all. Criticisms of what we saw were strategic omissions, loyalty to fellow police, dodgy contacts who often had the goods, and of course his constant links to Big Ger Cafferty funnily enough make Rebus the antihero/near villain. Big Ger's a man who's ok, he's still on top, running an evil empire , and greatly to be feared. Rebus does clinch the case here, of course, but has to work at home, in secret, unwelcome at the Big House. He's suffering from COPD, tenement steps not helping that; is on the gum 20 packs a day, to stop smoking, and drinks IrnBru, tea and coffee. His Saab still rattles around Edinburgh streets. Cheery changes in his life include his dog, Brillo, and he's managing a relationship with nice pathologist Deborah Quant. Siobhan has had her own corruption battles, due to her tainted friendship with him, and Malcolm Fox gets involved helpfully with both of them in their work. Police corruption, poverty, drugs, family and tribal bonds, all feature as part of the background. Changing social attitudes are explored too. Pleasingly for me, there's not much actual physical violence and yet here we have a top crime thriller! I'm happy to stop here with Rebus myself, I have a horrible feeling we might see him die if we keep following his life. Enjoy retirement, John Rebus, and good job Ian Rankin for providing years and years of happy reading in the depths of Scottish crime.
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  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    Description: A new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus' pastRebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus' old friend, Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation Description: A new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus' pastRebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus' old friend, Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover.Rebus remembers the original case--a shady land deal--all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover-up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past.A gripping story of corruption and consequences, this new novel demonstrates that Rankin and Rebus are still at the top of their game.Opening: The car was found because Ginger was jealous of his friend Jimmy.‘Only one of us is the detective these days. So give me a name and I’ll check it out.’‘I blame modern technology, you know.’‘For what?’‘The short memories your generation have. You’ve forgotten how to store information.’‘John …’ She sighed. ‘Just tell me the name.’‘You’ve not even asked how I’m keeping.’‘I saw you last month.’‘Maybe my situation’s deteriorated.’‘Has it?’‘Not so you’d notice.’‘That’s good to hear.’ She paused. ‘John? You still there?’‘I’m on my way.’‘That’s not how it—’ But Rebus had ended the call.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much that I order the book from Amazon UK paying those extra shipping charges because it is release earlier there - it's still only a pre-order in Amazon US. But I can't wait for the book. When I began this series it was Rebus...then Rebus and Siobban...now it's Siobban with Rebus on the side (because he's retired).But nothing gets between Rebus and Siobban - for as long as he is around he will be part of who she is as a detective - Rebus is always the smartest in the room I love this series so much that I order the book from Amazon UK paying those extra shipping charges because it is release earlier there - it's still only a pre-order in Amazon US. But I can't wait for the book. When I began this series it was Rebus...then Rebus and Siobban...now it's Siobban with Rebus on the side (because he's retired).But nothing gets between Rebus and Siobban - for as long as he is around he will be part of who she is as a detective - Rebus is always the smartest in the room and Siobban is a close second. I wonder sometimes if Rankin would like to stop writing Rebus and write only Siobban (and Malcolm)? After 22 books I can certainly understand that..and he has retired Rebus, given him a dog, and COPD. All I can say is I hope he keeps Rebus around for 22 more books because if he keeps writing him I will keep ordering from Amazon UK to be the first on my block to read him.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    An involved and intricate story - Ian Rankin writes brilliantly as always - but I can't help thinking we've been here before. Much as I love Rebus, I think it could be time for him to be allowed to enjoy his retirement in peace. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A body, found in the trunk of a car hidden in the woods, is identified as a man missing for 8 years. The original investigation, it seems, was botched by the officers assigned to it, and now the new team including Siobhan Clarke, must determine what happened and why. Siobhan finds that there are two officers who are determined to make trouble for her. Of course, help from retired cop John Rebus is indispensable.
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  • Ronja
    January 1, 1970
    Rebus forever :-)
  • Kate Vane
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed Rebus novels over the years but this one just didn't come to life for me. I think it's because after all this time I still don't have a clear picture in my mind of detectives Clarke and Fox, Rebus' supposed successors as protagonists after his retirement. And Rebus constantly turning up and interfering in their work just makes him seem a bit sad. Can't he get a hobby?*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    If you are keen on a smart police procedural that doesn't contain violence, gore or omnipotent serial killer baddies, In a House of Lies is for you. I am enamored by the good old fashion police work without heavy reliance on technology or implausible means. This book leaves me with the feeling that I have missed an entire career of sarcastic genius from John Rebus as this was my first book in the series. Not a problem. I look forward to going back in time with John to see how he started and reac If you are keen on a smart police procedural that doesn't contain violence, gore or omnipotent serial killer baddies, In a House of Lies is for you. I am enamored by the good old fashion police work without heavy reliance on technology or implausible means. This book leaves me with the feeling that I have missed an entire career of sarcastic genius from John Rebus as this was my first book in the series. Not a problem. I look forward to going back in time with John to see how he started and reached this point in his life, having just retired from policing. In a House of Lies offers the Scottish police a fresh look at a cold case that happened years ago during a time when policemen bent the rules quite a lot and were on the payroll of powerful men to do their bidding. A body is discovered that went missing back when Rebus and his shady compatriots were on the job, which creates more questions than is comfortable for them. The location, the circumstances and the evidence at hand points to police involvement but John Rebus is less than sure. He, though not still working, helps out Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke as she leads the investigation both in this case and another that has caused DI Clarke a bit of grief. Not a cold case, exactly, but not far off warm. Both cases will intrigue the reader and offer satisfying conclusions. I really liked Rebus and Siobhan. Their banter is great and they have an easy way with each other that tells of many years sharing confidences. As I said, this was a terrific read and I am keen to see how they reached this point. It's unlikely the timeline for the Rebus books will go back as far as the original investigation but it will add more colour to the picture, as a whole, of who is who and the background behind their relationships.
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  • Noemi Proietti
    January 1, 1970
    I’d like to start by thanking Orion and Leanne Oliver for providing me with an early copy of the book and I really like Ian Rankin’s books, especially the character of John Rebus. After twenty-two books he is still going strong. His sharp mind, his witticism, and the twisty plot kept me glued to the pages.When private detective Stuart Bloom disappeared in 2006, the detectives in charge of the investigation were too lazy and too busy trying to protect the son of another detective, gangsters, and I’d like to start by thanking Orion and Leanne Oliver for providing me with an early copy of the book and I really like Ian Rankin’s books, especially the character of John Rebus. After twenty-two books he is still going strong. His sharp mind, his witticism, and the twisty plot kept me glued to the pages.When private detective Stuart Bloom disappeared in 2006, the detectives in charge of the investigation were too lazy and too busy trying to protect the son of another detective, gangsters, and drug dealers to find out the truth. Now that the body has finally turned up, DI Shiobhan Clarke not only has to resolve a murder but she has to figure out if someone can be blamed for the mistakes of the first investigation, including her mentor John Rebus. Also, a couple of corrupted detectives are trying to smear her reputation and, in the last few days, she has been receiving strange silent calls.John Rebus is a complex and flawed character that I couldn’t help but like. Now he is a retired detective but that doesn’t mean he is going to stay out of the investigation. Somehow, he always manages to sneak his way in. Even though he has trouble climbing up stairs, mentally he is still sharp and smart and his instinct is still that good. I enjoyed reading about his close relationship with his protegé Shiobhan Clarke, who is another character I really liked. Even though an internal investigation has cleared her of any wrongdoing, she still has to deal with the suspicious of colleagues who thinks she is corrupted.Once again, Ian Rankin wrote a thriller that not only keeps you on edge, but also gives you a real feel of the police. Leaving aside corrupted detectives and power games, it was fascinating reading about how they work, the close relationship between partners, and the bond between the members of a team. Despite knowing that her mentor made mistakes, Shiobhan Clarkes is torn between her loyalty to John Rebus and finding out the truth about the murder of Stuart Bloom.Gangsters, film producers, and drug dealers fill the pages while the beautiful and atmospheric setting of Edinburgh frames an unpredictable, gripping, and addictive story that kept me guessing until the end.
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    A Changing of the Guard? Rebus has had such an amazing run, at times I have been spellbound by these audiobooks, some were among the very first that I listened to. Obviously that's part down to the stories and part down to the excellent James Macpherson who I swear must have a teflon coating in his throat to manage doing the rasping Cafferty followed immediately by the smoother tones of other characters. I'll always have a soft spot for this series.But time and tide wait for no man and even Rebu A Changing of the Guard? Rebus has had such an amazing run, at times I have been spellbound by these audiobooks, some were among the very first that I listened to. Obviously that's part down to the stories and part down to the excellent James Macpherson who I swear must have a teflon coating in his throat to manage doing the rasping Cafferty followed immediately by the smoother tones of other characters. I'll always have a soft spot for this series.But time and tide wait for no man and even Rebus is finding that old age is catching up on him. Struggling with abstinence and the results of his famous addictions he is now becoming a shadow of his former self but with hints of his old fire he isn't going down easily and he's still the same cunning fox he ever was.He does now take a back seat for large parts of the book and it's getting slightly more awkward with each passing book for Rankin to shoehorn him into the decisive moments of the story. As a result this one doesn't quite have the intensity or levels of suspense that many of the previous books have generated.I think I'll be buying these as long as they keep coming out, I love the interactions between Rebus and Cafferty in particular as they grow old quite ungracefully but I think Rankin needs to focus on either the old Rebus or some of his newer characters if he wants to rekindle the pure excitement of the earlier books.
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  • Voluntarystress
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to be sent an ARC of this novel by Netgalley having been a huge Rebus fan right from the beginning. But is this really another Rebus book ? Rebus retired in 2006 and with each subsequent book he moves further from the core of the story. It now seems to be mainly about other characters who have populated previous books as well as some new character. Remembering everyone and past connections can get confusing and requires concentration. The main character seems to be D I Siobhan Cl I was delighted to be sent an ARC of this novel by Netgalley having been a huge Rebus fan right from the beginning. But is this really another Rebus book ? Rebus retired in 2006 and with each subsequent book he moves further from the core of the story. It now seems to be mainly about other characters who have populated previous books as well as some new character. Remembering everyone and past connections can get confusing and requires concentration. The main character seems to be D I Siobhan Clarke, but Rebus is now in the background, seeming to pull the strings of the professionals with all his contacts. He seems to be able to get into non public areas of police offices as well as meetings with relative ease, despite being retired. Is this real life ? Is it time to properly retire Rebus and for Ian Rankin to develop a new character ? I’ve just read the first two Michael Connolly books featuring his new female detective. If he can switch horses and others have done so too, perhaps it’s time for Rankin to consider the option. But in the end Rebus succeeds in pulling all the complicated threads together and he turns out to be as wiley as of old. It’s good to see the old dry humour is still there. Overall this is another great piece of writing by Ian Rankin and was thoroughly enjoyable. But a Rebus book it’s becoming less and less.
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  • Kevin McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    I've given this 4 stars but hovered over three stars as I think Rebus' time has come to an end in my opinion. The author continues to develop Siobhan Clarke as a Rebus replacement but that would be a very difficult thing to do and Malcolm Fox just isn't cutting it for me albeit in this one he is a very minor role.The more the author keeps shoe horning a retired police officer into enquiries, the more unbelievable it becomes. There is no danger that he would be getting into the police stations du I've given this 4 stars but hovered over three stars as I think Rebus' time has come to an end in my opinion. The author continues to develop Siobhan Clarke as a Rebus replacement but that would be a very difficult thing to do and Malcolm Fox just isn't cutting it for me albeit in this one he is a very minor role.The more the author keeps shoe horning a retired police officer into enquiries, the more unbelievable it becomes. There is no danger that he would be getting into the police stations during major enquiries, never mind getting to speak to the suspect in an interview room.The plot is decent and as always the pacing is good. A number of enquiries ongoing at the same time and the tension between the Corruption Unit and Clarke is okay if a little far fetched.For me this is a little like an ex-heavyweight championship boxer continuing to come back for just one more fight when really he should retire at the top of his game and be remembered for that.I understand that for the author this must be a really hard thing to do as it as Rebus has been a major part in his writing career and similarly for those of us who have read everything there is about Rebus it would be a major loss. All that said, I will be back for the next installment!
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  • Elizabeth Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    This is another well-written and exciting episode in the continuing tale of Rebus, Clarke, and Fox. Ian Rankin knows how to draw us in to his complex plots while putting us into his settings around Edinburgh, and sprinkling bits of Scottish humor along the way. Though complex, the plot in this book is made clear, and I really liked the way the author gave us more of Rebus' background history as he inserts him into a current murder investigation. The interplay of Rebus, Clarke and Fox continues a This is another well-written and exciting episode in the continuing tale of Rebus, Clarke, and Fox. Ian Rankin knows how to draw us in to his complex plots while putting us into his settings around Edinburgh, and sprinkling bits of Scottish humor along the way. Though complex, the plot in this book is made clear, and I really liked the way the author gave us more of Rebus' background history as he inserts him into a current murder investigation. The interplay of Rebus, Clarke and Fox continues and is more enjoyable than ever. Unlike some other readers, I can relate to and care about these characters with every installment. Even minor characters are drawn with razor-sharp wit and clarity, as when describing a well-heeled lawyer, "...tailored like a shop-window mannequin and spritzed all over by an aerosol called privilege." Wow! I have read all of the books in this series and am delighted that they are continuing. I do hope Rebus can manage his health issues well enough to appear in more books--the last scene poignantly hints at some perhaps unexpected future happiness for both Rebus and Clarke. Bravo, Ian Rankin! (I received an ARC of this book at Bouchercon 2018 but plan to purchase the hardback which I had already pre-ordered so the author can receive his royalty!)
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I'll just start by saying that I am a huge Rebus fan and couldn't wait to dive on into this book and to be reunited with an old friend, because that's how he feels to me. In fact, it was lovely being back in Edinburgh, albeit in the darkest of circumstances, that of investigating the murder of a private investigator.The opening of the novel instantly grabbed my attention. It's dark, disturbing and you wonder what exactly is going to be unearthed next. The body of the man found deep in the woods I'll just start by saying that I am a huge Rebus fan and couldn't wait to dive on into this book and to be reunited with an old friend, because that's how he feels to me. In fact, it was lovely being back in Edinburgh, albeit in the darkest of circumstances, that of investigating the murder of a private investigator.The opening of the novel instantly grabbed my attention. It's dark, disturbing and you wonder what exactly is going to be unearthed next. The body of the man found deep in the woods is investigated by Siobhan Clarke, who is also assisted by the now retired John Rebus. This murder is linked to past and buried secrets, that the police need to unravel to find the truth. It's one cracker of a crime story,  that kept me continually guessing.At the heart of this novel is the relationship between Rebus and Clarke. I love the interaction between these two. The years of friendship shines through. Some of my favourite passages are when these two get together, for me it's that perfect on page chemistry. The respect and admiration, that special bond that they have shines from the page.As a huge Rebus fan I loved this book, and even if you're a new reader, you'll still enjoy this book, as a stand alone crime novel. I just wonder how many more Rebus books are in the pipeline, now that he is in his advancing years. I hope there are many more books to come. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.With thanks to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
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