This is my least favorite so far of the Rebus books. The short stories offer interesting insights into the character, but I found them wanting on the procedural and plot level. The books placement in the collection may have been part of the problem.
A Good Hanging and Other Stories (Ian Rankin) - book review
In the 18 volume set of Rebus books, this collection came after book three. Wikipedia lists that it should come after book four and Goodreads lists it as I am not sure if reading in a different order would have made a difference. Nov 13, J rated it really liked it. Aside from a few choice lines like that, and the surprising 'Sunday', there is nothing too profound here, and some surprisingly obvious moralising at the conclusion of some of the stories. Nevertheless, I'm in a generous mood, and there are some neat twists and undeniably fun and human characters.
I like the 80s and 90s, at least the 80s and 90s of detective fiction.
Bleak but not too bleak. A world one can visit. Perhaps it' "The television was on, providing the noise necessary to their lives". Perhaps it's time to get onto the Rebus bandwagon Was ideal for this as it was a selection of short stories. They seemed to be from early in Rebus's career. None of the usual characters or sidekicks appeared, it was from before Siobhan joined him when his sergeant was Brian Holmes. This seems appropriate because several of the stories involved Rebus deducing the perpetrator of the crime in a sub-Sherlockian way, with a few insights into his character along the way.
Not as gripping as later stories but a pleasant diversion. An easy read. This collection of Inspector Rebus short stories reminded me how much I enjoyed the first couple of Rebus novels that I read probably ten years ago or more. I can't think why I didn't go on to read more, although I will now. The stories in A Good Hanging are from Rebus's earlier career and make for superior crime fiction entertainment. Inspector John Rebus is a great character and Rankin's portrayal of Edinburgh, from grim tenements, to student flats and the tourist attractions of the city centr This collection of Inspector Rebus short stories reminded me how much I enjoyed the first couple of Rebus novels that I read probably ten years ago or more.
Inspector John Rebus is a great character and Rankin's portrayal of Edinburgh, from grim tenements, to student flats and the tourist attractions of the city centre is brilliantly done. But you need popcorn in with your heavy material, and this is aces as fluff reading. One story was pretty dark. The final short was a fun closed room story, the kind of thing Sherlock Holmes would have taken in at a glance and jumped right to the ending.
Ian Rankin's Rebus is always going to be my favorite sleuth. A very good book of short stories. Like most anthologies I read, some stories are better then others.
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In this book I liked all of the stories, but some where better. Some anthologies I read have stories I don't finish. I finished all 12 of these stories. One story takes place on New years Eve. But the Scots call it Hogmanay. That tickled my curiosity enough to look it up on Wikipedia. Jul 28, Alice rated it really liked it. Very strong collection of short stories featuring John Rebus, maverick Scottish detective. I love all of Rankin's books and include this one, too.
Edinburgh comes alive in the books, and Rebus is a wonderfully cranky, somewhat out of shape guy who is a bit too fond of beer and single malt, and whose personal life is a mess. But he has unerring instincts when it comes to solving crimes, usually murders. He's funny and irreverent, with little respect for authority.
I love being in his company. Feb 19, Abi Welsh rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. They varied from an art gallery theft to some pretty grizzly murders. They developed Rebus's character and showed how doggedly but effectively he works at solving crimes and how much he cares about justice. May 06, Prashant Dhameja rated it really liked it. May 05, Cari Stone rated it really liked it. Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series is always enjoyable. Thought I might be able to ration myself better with a book of short stories, but these were so moreish, I still turned the light out later than I should have.
I had read some of these short stories before in a different collection.
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The first several stories were new to me and as such were most especially enjoyed. Got this at Wonder Book in Gaithersburg. May 20, Sarah Leavesley rated it really liked it. Sunday and Auld Lang Syne were particular stand outs. May 08, John M. Although I am not an aficionado of short stories, Rankin did a good job of pulling me in and holding me to the end of each.
All in all, a fun ride. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. About Ian Rankin.
Ian Rankin. AKA Jack Harvey. Born in the Kingdom of Fife in , Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in ; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow. He is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction.
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A Good Hanging and Other Stories
Other books in the series. Inspector Rebus 1 - 10 of 22 books. Books by Ian Rankin. The only difference this time was the rope he was hiding beneath his clothes. As they settled on one the highest branches Thomas quietly tied one end of rope to the branch they sat on. That was all he needed to hear. He slowly began to place the noose around her neck. What are you doing?
This is just like that. You can be just like our mother now. She fell quickly and the snap told him it was over. Silenced danced between the trees while all else stood still. As he sat on the branch, alone, Thomas thought back to how this whole situation had occurred. He felt unable to think, momentarily grateful for the comforting numbness that comes with disbelief. Part of him had always known this day would come but he always pushed such thoughts to the back of his mind.
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