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The Hanging Garden

By: Ian Rankin
Narrated by: James Macpherson
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Summary

DI Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes.

When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford goes back to Paisley and pronto. Then Rebus's daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run and Rebus knows that there is now nothing he won't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford - even if it means cutting a deal with the devil.

©1998 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Best so far...

'Reading' these'these novels in order you're struck by how Rankin grows as a writer of both plot and character. Those of us now following Rebus' story from Book 1 are catching up on a 'soap ' which has been 30 years in the telling and are eagerly tuning in for the next episode to find out what fresh pain and anguish Rankin has in store for his, and our, poor hero.

In terms of plot I thought this was the best in the sequence - several stands carefully juggled and brought together in a series of surprising denouements.

PS as ever, superbly read/performed by James MacPherson - love your 'Big Ger', James!

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You got to love Rebus

Great book the Rebus character is a lovable rouge but everyone knows one like him. The book has a great story line with deals with criminals, attempted murder, little old ladies as drug mules

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The Hanging Garden

Not up to usuaal Rankin standard. Lost interest long before end in whodunnit!. Plot a it thin I felt

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Another exciting clever gritty listen

Hard to switch off - very well read (apart from some dodgy non Scottish accents)

Rankin is so clever, he makes you think about life and your morale code as well as another gripping who and why dunnit.

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Brilliant

Another Ian Rankin triumph taking us further inside the world DI John Rebus inhabits. Masterful narration by James Macpherson.

Highly recommended!

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Great story

Best plot so far (I'm listening in chronological order). Many twists and turns, but woven together skilfully. The only jarring note was the laughable "Geordie" accent attributed to Miriam Kenworthy. The narrator's other accents have always seemed passable to my ears, but as I come from Newcastle myself his approximation of our dialect was woeful (as it usually is when anyone attempts it!). One very minor fly in the ointment.

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Gripping from start to finish.

This is my first Rebus novel and it will not be the last.
A well crafted intricate story with a great conclusion.
You actually feel as if you are getting to know the characters because the descriptions are so convincing. Just a first class read; a real page turner if an audiobook had pages lol.

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I especially like Ian’s introduction and am looking forward to my next listen which will start as soon as possible.

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enough plots for three books,

characters under developed. An easy read that does not leave one in awe and thoughtful