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Hide And Seek

by Ian Rankin

ORION PUBLISHING GROUP | August 7, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Hide And Seek is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above.

Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.

Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind...

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: August 7, 2008

Publisher: ORION PUBLISHING GROUP

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0752883542

ISBN - 13: 9780752883540

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A suspenseful follow-up to Knots and Crosses In Hide and Seek, the second book in the Inspector Rebus series, a young man is discovered dead from an apparent overdose in a shady part of Edinburgh. John Rebus takes on the case, but discovers troubling evidence that points to a murder: the body is found laid out cross-like between two candles, a five-pointed star has been drawn on the wall above, the body is covered in bruises, and an autopsy reveals that the drug used by the victim was laced with rat poison. At the same time, Rebus is enlisted by his boss, Detective Superintendent Watson, to participate in an anti-drug campaign. In this role, Rebus meets several successful businessmen who prove to be far from model citizens. In Hide and Seek, Ian Rankin further develops the parallel with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. We are also introduced to recurring characters in the series: Brian Holmes, the Detective Sergeant who helps Rebus solve the case, and Detective Superintendent Watson, their boss. Rebus’ character is still deeply flawed, but he becomes more likable than in Knots & Crosses. Ian Rankin’s writing style has also evolved, and his dark humor is a welcome addition to the story. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Rebus #1! In the second Rebus novel by Rankin, Rebus finds himself in yet another drug-laced, death-inducing situation. When the body of a young man shows up in what looks like it was an overdose, Rebus has to question the way the body was positioned and the writing on the walls. Slowly piecing together the mystery, Rebus makes friends with a nude model and gains a new partner who ironically enough is named Holmes. The streets lead Rebus to upper class as he searches his way through the clues to find out what exactly happened to this look alike suicide. At the beginning of the novel, Rankin writes a note about his thought process for this book and how after this book you can notice that Rebus changes a bit. In fact, I noticed quite a bit of change between the Rebus of this novel and of the first one (Knots and Crosses). Rebus seems a bit less withdrawn in this novel. Although I was a bit upset that him and Gill broke up without much of an explanation. It was almost like Rankin didn't feel like writing about Gill anymore so he just cut her out. I felt this book was really about Rebus and his interactions with the other characters. I'm happy he's got a partner now, albeit somewhat unofficial. Hopefully we see him in a couple more books! Out of the first two books, this one is probably the better!
Date published: 2007-12-12

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Hide And Seek

by Ian Rankin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 in

Published: August 7, 2008

Publisher: ORION PUBLISHING GROUP

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0752883542

ISBN - 13: 9780752883540

From the Publisher

A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above.

Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.

Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind...

About the Author

Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller, and has received numerous
awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger. He lives with his family in Edinburgh, and in 2003 received an OBE for his services to literature.
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