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  • Even Dogs in the Wild

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,472 ratings)

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Summary

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery.

But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack. When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.

But a notorious Glasgow crime family has arrived in Edinburgh, too, tailed by a team of undercover detectives. There's something they want, and they'll stop at nothing to get it. DI Malcolm Fox's job is to provide the undercover squad with local expertise, but he's soon drawn in too deep as the two cases look like colliding.

Meanwhile, an anonymous killer stalks the nighttime streets, focussed on revenge. It's a game of dog eat dog in the city as in the wild. Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires.

©2015 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Everything Perfectly In Place

I think that many were unsure about Ian Rankin's decision to continue the series after Rebus retired, The mixed reaction to Standing in Another Man's Grave was understandable, the new juxtaposition of the characters felt uncomfortable, unsure and like the characters themselves we found it hard to get our heads round it all. Then Saints of the Shadow Bible saw a definite return to form but with this book Rankin has absolutely nailed it!

The adjusted roles of the characters feel very natural now. As elder statesmen of law enforcement and the criminal underworld Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty rub along with and against each other with a crackling chemistry. Clarke and Fox spread their wings further and the plot is a tense, multi-layered one populated by an excellent cast of rogues, villains and powerful enemies.

James Macpherson (who else could it have been?) purrs and growls his way through the plot evoking imagery of Edinburgh and its surrounds and of course Rankin's richly formed characters.

In summary, I have simply enjoyed this one as much as any other Rebus that has gone before and have turned from "concerned fan" to "eager consumer" once more.

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Great read and highly recommended

Excellent as always. Beautifully narrated A steady paced story that will keep you hooked until the end.

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  • 02-12-15

Rebus - "helping the Police with their enquiries."

I have enjoyed all of the Rebus novels in audio format and James Macpherson does a great job bringing the characters and the action to life. I think Ian Rankin must have enjoyed yet another legitimate basis for extending the series. Following his second retirement due to age legislation, this time he is brought back as a Consultant Detective. This is a nod to an even more famous fictional creation by an Edinburgh resident, Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle. Rebus himself likes that this role means he is himself for once "helping the Police with their enquiries!"

The story draws on Rebus's long history of combating major crime in the city, but this time it is some of his adversaries that seem to be on the receiving end of threats and murder. What emerges is a dark secret that haunts Rankin's characters just as much as real-life cases haunt all of us.

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Intricate, well-crafted story

Many familiar characters from earlier Rebus books meet up in this complex web of stories that mesh together by the final chapters. Rebus had to retire sometime so the only way the author can keep him in the picture is to have him as a civilian consultant helping his erstwhile DS, Siobhan Clarke, now promoted to DI. Former Compaints officier, DI Malcolm Fox also figures prominently in this book. When Fox first appeared in Rankin's novels he was a rather two dimensional character, but has become a more well-rounded and interesting character in this book.

I think this Rebus novel is well up to Rankin's previous high standard of writing and plot construction: quite a feat after about 20 books. The backdrop of Edinburgh adds to the pleasure, especially for those of us who live here.

The narrator is excellent creating a range of Scottish accents.

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Ian Rankn at the top of his game

Although I enjoyed the last book, Saints of the Shadow Bible, I felt that the series had gone off the boil. This latest instalment however, has convinced me that Ian Rankin should keep going, there is plenty of life left in this group of characters.
I was gripped from the outset and listened compulsively at every opportunity. A brilliant story with plenty of twists and tums, wonderful characters, and Edinburgh providing the perfect backdrop.

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An old detective with a new angle

Not the 1st rebus book I've listened to but I found it enthralling. I didn't see the ending coming & I actually listened to the very end

James is a great performer & kept me listening to this great story

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Breathtaking

James macs telling was the best ever
I found myself forgetting to breath at pointing in this tale view this as the best Rankin story ever I thought the greatest gift of all was to be able to read however after this I believe the greatest gift is to Write like this
Can he ever follow this
Rebus one liners had me lol
Just exemplary all round great
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BUY THIS BOOK!

Shaggy dog story? Yes, it even has a dog. Marvellous writing, faultless narration, fast paced, with the usual dark humour and geographical accuracy. If you are a Rebus fan, this book will not disappoint.

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Rankin never disappoints

Couldn't wait for publishing date and downloaded as son as possible. Wish this had a hundred and forty three chapters as I loved listening to it and didn't want it to end. The reading was 100% excellent and just as I imagined the characters spoke.
First class author and first class performance.

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As good as ever !!

I have been eagerly awaiting the new Rebus book for quite some time, I only stumbled across Ian Rankin some 12 or 18 Months ago and I blitzed through the entire Rebus collection in no time at all!! I must say this latest addition didn't disappoint at all, It is an absolute must read/listen for any Rankin / Rebus Fan!

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  • Lyn
  • 15-02-17

Best Book yet!

If you could sum up Even Dogs in the Wild in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful character development - great plot!

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

Love his voice!

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I think perhaps this is Ian Rankin at his best!

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  • Lucy
  • 04-05-16

Waste of time

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This is the first Rankin I've read & I probably should've started with something earlier, because this was a lazy, predictable novel.