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The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novel Series)

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When the privileged daughter of a merchant banker disappears, a search through her e-mails uncovers her secret life — and a bizarre correspondence with an on-line game player who delights in macabre puzzles. The first game was for the girl. The next one is for Inspector John Rebus, a man haunted by the impenetrable riddles of his own troubled past. But the lead is soon complicated by an unexpected twist.

A hand-carved wooden doll in an eight-inch coffin is found on the grounds of the victim's home — a clue that links her vanishing to the deaths of four other women, and to a centuries-old offense that still scars the grisly history of Edinburgh.

From the shadowy world of an Internet stalker to the quicksand of lies in the missing girl's dissolute family, Rebus is led into the soul of evil. And to a shattering crime that only he, a man who treads the fine line between investigative brilliance and personal oblivion, could ever hope to understand.

Review:

"A modern Dickens....A remarkable achievement." The Daily Mail

Review:

"A dark and gritty read that never disappoints." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Rebus is surely one of the most rounded, warts-and-all characters in modern crime fiction...those who want to plunge deeply into a world of convincing characters and brilliantly rendered atmospherics can't do much better than this." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Ian Rankin is one of the shrewdest writers working the mystery turf." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"The Falls...pushes all the crime fiction buttons while delivering the heady whiff of real life as it is lived. Pity readers of 'serious' fiction who would look down their noses at this gritty detective story. They don't know what they're missing." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Brilliant...mesmerizing...think Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta with a bit of Walter Mosley tossed in." Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram

Review:

"Mr. Rankin has created a character in John Rebus who makes crime fiction a joy to read." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Gritty...intensely paced...powerful." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Sharply plotted...among the most consistently well-plotted, fully realized series in the genre. Rankin is at the top of his form in The Falls." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"The plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gritty...atmospheric...you can't go wrong with Rankin." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"[A] consistent level of excellence unmatched in the field of British crime fiction." The Times of London

Review:

"Rankin's best novel to date." New Statesman

Review:

"A series whose time has come...complex, humane, and gripping, this is a perfect introduction to the art of Ian Rankin, head capo of the Scots mystery MacMafia." Manchester Guardian

Review:

"One of the very best practitioners of police procedurals around today." Library Journal

Review:

"Like Philip Marlowe, Rebus is a knight in search of a hidden truth'." Newark Star Ledger

Review:

"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...brilliant." Jonathan Kellerman

Review:

"Ian Rankin brings a compelling voice to the genre." BookPage

Review:

"The murder mystery is intelligent and entertaining, and the characters...retain that feeling of genuineness while dealing with power-struggles and intrigue." BookBrowser

Synopsis:

When the privileged daughter of a merchant banker disappears, a search through her e-mails uncovers her secret life-and a bizarre correspondence with an on-line game player who delights in macabre puzzles. The first game was for the girl. The next one is for Inspector John Rebus, a man haunted by the impenetrable riddles of his own troubled past. But the lead is soon complicated by an unexpected twist.

A hand-carved wooden doll in an eight-inch coffin is found on the grounds of the victim's home-a clue that links her vanishing to the deaths of four other women, and to a centuries-old offense that still scars the grisly history of Edinburgh.

From the shadowy world of an Internet stalker to the quicksand of lies in the missing girl's dissolute family, Rebus is led into the soul of evil. And to a shattering crime that only he, a man who treads the fine line between investigative brilliance and personal oblivion, could ever hope to understand.

Synopsis:

Outstanding Praise For Ian Rankin And His Award-Winning Rebus Novels

"A modern Dickens...A remarkable achievement."-The Daily Mail

"A dark and gritty read that never disappoints."--San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner

Set In Darkness

"Rebus is surely one of the most rounded, warts-and-all characters in modern crime fiction...those who want to plunge deeply into a world of convincing characters and brilliantly rendered atmospherics can't do much better than this."-Washington Post Book World

"Ian Rankin is one of the shrewdest writers working the mystery turf."-Chicago Tribune

"The Falls...pushes all the crime fiction buttons while delivering the heady whiff of real life as it is lived. Pity readers of 'serious' fiction who would look down their noses at this gritty detective story. They don't know what they're missing."-Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant...mesmerizing...think Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta with a bit of Walter Mosley tossed in."-Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram

"Mr. Rankin has created a character in John Rebus who makes crime fiction a joy to read."

--Dallas Morning News

"Gritty...intensely paced...powerful."-Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Sharply plotted...among the most consistently well-plotted, fully realized series in the genre. Rankin is at the top of his form in The Falls."-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"The plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Set in Darkness is filled with memorable sequences, well-drawn characters, and enough Scots words...to make some readers think of John Buchan's Thirty Nine Steps."-Wall Street Journal

"Gritty...atmospheric...you can't go wrong with Rankin."-Orlando Sentinel

"[A] consistent level of excellence unmatched in the field of British crime fiction."-The Times of London

"Rankin's best novel to date."-New Statesman

"A series whose time has come...complex, humane, and gripping, this is a perfect introduction to the art of Ian Rankin, head capo of the Scots mystery MacMafia."-Manchester Guardian

"One of the very best practitioners of police procedurals around today." -Library Journal, starred review

"Like Philip Marlowe, Rebus is a knight in search of a hidden truth'."-Newark Star Ledger

"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...brilliant."-Jonathan Kellerman

"Ian Rankin brings a compelling voice to the genre." -BookPage

"The murder mystery is intelligent and entertaining, and the characters...retain that feeling of genuineness while dealing with power-struggles and intrigue."-BookBrowser

About the Author

Born in Scotland in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has since been employed as a grape picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, and punk musician.

Since publishing his first Rebus novel, Knots and Crosses, in 1987, the series has become phenomenally successful, with each new installment a runaway bestseller in the United Kingdom. Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. Black and Blue won the Crime Writers Association's Gold Dagger Award for best novel of the year in 1997. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312982409
Subtitle:
An Inspector Rebus Novel
Author:
Rankin, Ian
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Series:
Inspector Rebus Novel Series
Series Volume:
No. 12
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.82x4.24x1.08 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312982409 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A modern Dickens....A remarkable achievement."
"Review" by , "A dark and gritty read that never disappoints."
"Review" by , "Rebus is surely one of the most rounded, warts-and-all characters in modern crime fiction...those who want to plunge deeply into a world of convincing characters and brilliantly rendered atmospherics can't do much better than this."
"Review" by , "Ian Rankin is one of the shrewdest writers working the mystery turf."
"Review" by , "The Falls...pushes all the crime fiction buttons while delivering the heady whiff of real life as it is lived. Pity readers of 'serious' fiction who would look down their noses at this gritty detective story. They don't know what they're missing."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...mesmerizing...think Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta with a bit of Walter Mosley tossed in."
"Review" by , "Mr. Rankin has created a character in John Rebus who makes crime fiction a joy to read."
"Review" by , "Gritty...intensely paced...powerful."
"Review" by , "Sharply plotted...among the most consistently well-plotted, fully realized series in the genre. Rankin is at the top of his form in The Falls."
"Review" by , "The plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist."
"Review" by , "Gritty...atmospheric...you can't go wrong with Rankin."
"Review" by , "[A] consistent level of excellence unmatched in the field of British crime fiction."
"Review" by , "Rankin's best novel to date."
"Review" by , "A series whose time has come...complex, humane, and gripping, this is a perfect introduction to the art of Ian Rankin, head capo of the Scots mystery MacMafia."
"Review" by , "One of the very best practitioners of police procedurals around today."
"Review" by , "Like Philip Marlowe, Rebus is a knight in search of a hidden truth'."
"Review" by , "A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...brilliant."
"Review" by , "Ian Rankin brings a compelling voice to the genre."
"Review" by , "The murder mystery is intelligent and entertaining, and the characters...retain that feeling of genuineness while dealing with power-struggles and intrigue."
"Synopsis" by ,
When the privileged daughter of a merchant banker disappears, a search through her e-mails uncovers her secret life-and a bizarre correspondence with an on-line game player who delights in macabre puzzles. The first game was for the girl. The next one is for Inspector John Rebus, a man haunted by the impenetrable riddles of his own troubled past. But the lead is soon complicated by an unexpected twist.

A hand-carved wooden doll in an eight-inch coffin is found on the grounds of the victim's home-a clue that links her vanishing to the deaths of four other women, and to a centuries-old offense that still scars the grisly history of Edinburgh.

From the shadowy world of an Internet stalker to the quicksand of lies in the missing girl's dissolute family, Rebus is led into the soul of evil. And to a shattering crime that only he, a man who treads the fine line between investigative brilliance and personal oblivion, could ever hope to understand.

"Synopsis" by , Outstanding Praise For Ian Rankin And His Award-Winning Rebus Novels

"A modern Dickens...A remarkable achievement."-The Daily Mail

"A dark and gritty read that never disappoints."--San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner

Set In Darkness

"Rebus is surely one of the most rounded, warts-and-all characters in modern crime fiction...those who want to plunge deeply into a world of convincing characters and brilliantly rendered atmospherics can't do much better than this."-Washington Post Book World

"Ian Rankin is one of the shrewdest writers working the mystery turf."-Chicago Tribune

"The Falls...pushes all the crime fiction buttons while delivering the heady whiff of real life as it is lived. Pity readers of 'serious' fiction who would look down their noses at this gritty detective story. They don't know what they're missing."-Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant...mesmerizing...think Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta with a bit of Walter Mosley tossed in."-Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram

"Mr. Rankin has created a character in John Rebus who makes crime fiction a joy to read."

--Dallas Morning News

"Gritty...intensely paced...powerful."-Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Sharply plotted...among the most consistently well-plotted, fully realized series in the genre. Rankin is at the top of his form in The Falls."-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"The plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Set in Darkness is filled with memorable sequences, well-drawn characters, and enough Scots words...to make some readers think of John Buchan's Thirty Nine Steps."-Wall Street Journal

"Gritty...atmospheric...you can't go wrong with Rankin."-Orlando Sentinel

"[A] consistent level of excellence unmatched in the field of British crime fiction."-The Times of London

"Rankin's best novel to date."-New Statesman

"A series whose time has come...complex, humane, and gripping, this is a perfect introduction to the art of Ian Rankin, head capo of the Scots mystery MacMafia."-Manchester Guardian

"One of the very best practitioners of police procedurals around today." -Library Journal, starred review

"Like Philip Marlowe, Rebus is a knight in search of a hidden truth'."-Newark Star Ledger

"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...brilliant."-Jonathan Kellerman

"Ian Rankin brings a compelling voice to the genre." -BookPage

"The murder mystery is intelligent and entertaining, and the characters...retain that feeling of genuineness while dealing with power-struggles and intrigue."-BookBrowser

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