Hide and Seek At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh But in a shadowy crumbling housing development a junkie lies dead of an overdose his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship John Rebu

  • Title: Hide and Seek
  • Author: Ian Rankin
  • ISBN: 9780312536930
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh But in a shadowy, crumbling housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship John Rebus could call the death and accident but won t Instead, he tracks down a violent tempered young woman who knew the dead boy and heard him cry out his terrifying last words At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh But in a shadowy, crumbling housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship John Rebus could call the death and accident but won t Instead, he tracks down a violent tempered young woman who knew the dead boy and heard him cry out his terrifying last words Hide Hide Now, with the help of a bright, conflicted young detective, Rebus is following the girl through a brutal world of bad deals, bad dope and bad company From a beautiful city s darkest side to the private sanctums of the upper crust, Rebus is seeking the perfect hiding place for a killer, in Hide and Seek, the second novel in the series from Ian Rankin.

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    About "Ian Rankin"

    1. Ian Rankin

      AKA Jack Harvey.Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 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 1987 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 Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.A contributor to BBC2 s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin s Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sonscmillan author ianrankin

    152 thoughts on “Hide and Seek”

    1. I’ve a habit of stumbling into a series and reading subsequent books - those that preceded it and those that followed - in random order. And that’s what I’ve done here. My only outstanding books are a handful (I’m not quite sure how many as I’m not absolutely certain which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) at the start of the series. So having recently read book one, and really enjoyed it, it was now the turn of book two.A friend of mine, a long time resident of Edinburgh, used t [...]

    2. A young junkie named Ronnie McGrath is found dead in an Edinburgh squat - positioned like Christ on the cross - with candles beside him and what looks like satanic symbols on the wall. Ronnie's girlfriend, Tracy, tells Detective Inspector John Rebus that Ronnie was distraught before he died, and repeatedly cried "hide, hide." At first it looks like Ronnie overdosed, but Rebus learns that Ronnie's dope was tainted with rat poison.Because Rebus is involved in a drug case his boss, Superintendent W [...]

    3. I have a big complaint about Ian Rankin’s early Rebus novels, and it is a complaint that continues to taint my enjoyment of the series. D.I. John Rebus is too erudite. He’s impossibly well read, he knows and loves fine wine, and he’s a big jazz fan; he’s way too cultured to be a Do for that reason alone I find it impossible to enter the “really liking” territory with these books. Yet I can’t really attack Rankin for his early decisions because the guy diffuses the bomb in his forwa [...]

    4. This book is entertaining enough, but not really dazzling. It held my interest for much of the journey, but I was vaguely confused by some of the plot lines. In particular the murder of Ronnie McGrath, junkie, being connected to another murder left me struggling to join the dots. That one or more of the rich gentlemen of Edinburgh’s business classes would meet a sticky end was inevitable, almost too predictable for my liking. Class relations are one of Rankin’s on-going themes. Rebus himself [...]

    5. John Rebus is a man on the way up in the Edinburgh police. He has been recently promoted to Detective Inspector from detective sergeant, of which he is justifiably proud. He has more authority and a new partner, Detective Sergeant Brian Holmes. While Rebus is still in the honeymoon period of his promotion along with the accompanying benefits of increased authority, he can't resist investigating interesting deaths, even though murder is not suspected. And even if there was murder, no one except R [...]

    6. Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin.Inspector Rebus #2.A junkie is found dead of an overdose in a tenement. Inspector Rebus finds a curiously drawn pentagram on the wall nearby and the body arranged with the arms outstretched as if crucified. Soon it also becomes apparent the body of Ronnie, an amateur photographer, lived or used the upstairs as his "fixing grounds" and that he may have died upstairs with his body being brought downstairs and arranged in a ritualistic fashion. And then Rebus glanced at [...]

    7. I think Rankin was still trying to develop the persona of John Rebus which is so strong in the later books in this long running series. But that is the fun of reading the early books in a serieseing the protagonist change and get comfortable in his skin. I think the problem I had which kept me from giving a higher rating (I love the Rebus books) was the story itself. There was way too much going on around the overdose death of a local addict. Rebus has a feeling about it that says it is murder. [...]

    8. In a run down area of Edinburgh, a junkie is found dead in a building used by squatters.On a wall near the body of the deceased, officials notice a drawing. It's a five star image with two concentric circles.Detective Inspector John Rebus is at the scene. His first thought is that it might be some sort of astrology or witchcraft symbol. Perhaps the deceased was killed as part of a satanic ritual or sacrifice?Rebus's supervisor, Superintendent Watson invites Rebus to an exclusive restaurant to me [...]

    9. another review which suffers from the inability to make half a star. It's a 3.5, actually, rounding up to a 4 even though I don't think it's that good.#2 in the series featuring Inspector John Rebus. In this installment, John Rebus is called in to investigate the death of a drug addict in a dilapidated flat in one of the worst parts of Edinburgh. He notices a lot of strange things right away, and shares his findings his fellow officers who do not seem to care. It's just another OD. The victim's [...]

    10. The second in the Rebus series and from 1990. It has all the elements of a great detective, including DI Rebus, who seems to have all the stereotypical characteristics of the Scandinavian loner detectives (semi-alcoholic, divorced, does not play by the rule book etc etc). Yet there's something missing from making it a Great Story. Passion - whether in life, love life, or - gosh - actually in investigating? Guts (yes - definitely. I'd have kicked Tracy to pay back for what she did in the book)? S [...]

    11. Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin is the second Inspector rebus novel. Inspector Rebus is called to a suspected overdose at a housing squat, but finds that rat poison had been added to the heroin and satanic symbols surround the body. He then finds links to an exclusive gambling club with multiple influential members. The book started slow but picked up in the second half. It was interesting but not really the type of mystery that I like. It seemed to be going nowhere at the start with seemingly unrel [...]

    12. This series is dark and edgy- one of the few mystery series set in contemporary times (besides P.D. James' works which I absolutely love) that I enjoy. Inspector Rebus is your typical semi-alcoholic, "doesn't-play-by the rules" type of detective, but does not come across as a cliche. The mysteries are interesting, if dark, and not terribly predictable.Hide and Seekis one of the earliest in the series and although short, is a good intro to the series and the characters.

    13. When a junkie is found dead in a "squat," it shouldn't be a crime worth investigating, but something about it doesn't add up. When Rebus gets that "niggling" in the brain, there no other direction but onward. This is only the second in the series, but Rebus is already older, jaded and suffering an unhappy personal life. The investigation literally and figurative leads ever downward. That's the only clue I'm giving you. At the same time, Rebus' boss, who they all call The Farmer, has tapped him f [...]

    14. Me ha gustado mucho mas que el primero, no me equivocaba al decir que en el primer libro el autor se dedicó a introducirnos a la personalidad del protagonista, en este caso, ya mas centrado en la investigación de un caso complicado y con ramificaciones inesperadas, nos entrega una secuela mas redonda.La narrativa me gusta, es ágil y comprensible, además con un aire relajado, podemos ver un poco de sentido del humor y en cierto sentido se agradece que no tengamos un protagonista lleno de depr [...]

    15. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---Now, this is more like it. You've got a seasoned detective who sees something that just doesn't jibe -- a routine O. D. that just doesn't look right. At least to him -- everyone else (including the detective who'd normally be assigned to the case) is good with the obvious answer. Not at all shockingly, there is more than meets the eye to this death.Rebus' ex and daughter have moved away, his brother is in jail, Gill is now seeing a DJ (who [...]

    16. Detective Inspector John Rebus is back following the case in Knots and Crosses; this time he finds himself on a case that that may have supernatural elements to it. The body of a drug addict is found in a squat, in between two burnt down candles and a pentagram painted on the wall next to it. While most people were quick to discard this of a heroin overdose, Rebus is determined to investigate to find the true circumstances surrounding this death. What transpires is something far more sinister th [...]

    17. Ian Rankin states in his introduction that he used a Jekyll and Hyde theme for this book and it does have that late foggy night, 'I could hear steps behind me on the side walk' kind of feeling to it. But don't expect a modern day version of Jekyll and Hyde. Theme is the operative word here.Well Rebus is his normal loveable, cranky, curmudgeon, anti-social, smirking, bullying self here, especially when it comes to showing his rookie partner, Holmes, the ropes. ( Warning; book contains more than o [...]

    18. HIDE AND SEEK. (1990). Ian Rankin. ****.Inspector Rebus is called to the scene of an apparent drug overdose in one of the less desirable sections of Edinburgh. It seemed only a coincidence that he was recently assigned to a new task force created to fight the rising levels of drug use in the city. When he arrives there, he finds a young man – obviously dead, with a needle still sticking out of his arm – lying in front of a wall that has been painted with a pentagon and a variety of occult sy [...]

    19. This book, the second installment in the Inspector Rebus series, is much much better than the original Rebus story. It has much more complexity and layering to the plot, more interesting twists and turns, and more interesting characters. Still, there is no subtlety here. There are no innuendoes, no implications, no allusions, no poetic imagery. This is blunt, straightforward, WYSIWYG writinguntil you get to the very very end, which I found quite interesting and kinda thought provoking. Rankin se [...]

    20. Heard a great interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Ian Rankin a couple of months back, when his new novel The Complaints, came out. Rankin's "guy" is John Rebus, a police detective in Edinburgh. I couldn't get Knots and Crosses, his first Rebus novel, for my Nook, so I got this one (the second), and picked up the hardcopy of the first for my flights to UK next week. John Rebus is a Detective Sergeant in Edinburgh in the first novel, and the case gets him promoted to Detective Inspector for this o [...]

    21. Once again, we visit the dark streets of Edinburgh with Rankin's second effort in his Rebus series. Are the streets dark because of the murkiness of human nature, or is it because Edinburgh council are scrimping on proper street lighting?Jokes aside, this feels like a continuation of Rankin's debut novel, and feels as though it were written at the same time. I'm aware that Rebus improves (or mellows even) as the series progresses, but this reads more like a debut novel than the debut novel knots [...]

    22. In this, the second Inspector Rebus novel, John Rebus (still alive after drifting into darkness upon being shot at the end of the last one), finds a dead teenager in a poor Edinburgh housing development. A junkie and squatter, his death could be ruled an overdose and forgotten, but Rebus suspects something else, unsure what – a deliberate poisoning, a Satanic sacrifice, a thrill kill. Pressured from above at the same time to step back from police work and focus on a new anti-drug campaign invo [...]

    23. I Enjoyed Rankin's first Rebus novel enough that I was excited to read #2 and it did not disappoint. I actually liked this one even better than the first. It flowed well and the plot was engaging. The character of Rebus is quite likable and human and his efforts to support the young Tracy and find the reason and the culprits behind the death of the young junkie helped us see the kindness and sense of compassion underneath the hard-boiled exterior of Rebus. Also enjoyed meeting and getting to kno [...]

    24. The second in the Rebus series, where we get to know the character even better. Another good story with our hero being ever human. Rebus is convinced that what looks like a suicide is really a murder. There appears no direct link to some other dark deeds going on but Rebus digs and probes until he realises everything is connected. But how to prove it? Unorthodox methods are ultimately employed and he gets his man, but will it end well or will there be an almighty cover up? Well written and alway [...]

    25. The 2nd book in the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin.I always enjoy reading Ian Rankin novels and I'm not sure why I haven't read more than I have. Rebus is a gritty flawed Edinburgh cop who is never far from trouble.The books are well written and have lots of sub plots that add to the Rebus series overall.

    26. The 1st one was good, this one is better. High class story telling involving the seedy side of Edinburgh. A little nothing of a suicide has far wider implications. Rebus is a great flawed character. A good book for summer holidays or winter snuggling.Mine was an audiobook & I loved that it was read by a Scotsman.

    27. This was my second approach to the excellent Inspector Rebus series.I liked it as much as the first book and one of things is the way Ian Rankin writes. Once a while I must even laugh while the story itself is dark. And there was the one scene where I felt real pain groin is the key word I look forward to meet Inspector Rebus again.

    28. I feel guilty it has taken me over two decades to discover the talented Ian Rankin. Guilty. The second book in the legendary John Rebus series, HIDE & SEEK, is a fast, thrilling read. Rebus, recently promoted to Inspector Detective (or DI) is back!In HIDE & SEEK, DI Rebus catches a call accidentally. A junkie's body has been discovered in an expired residential area now filled with squatters. The body is positioned on the floor Crucifix-style, minus the spikes through hands and feet. By [...]

    29. As Ian Rankin told me at the Oxford Bar on my vacation last year to Edinburgh after informing him I had just started his first Rebus book Knots & Crosses, “They get better.” Well, he was right and I loved K&C! The second Rebus book takes the reader deep into the dark underbelly of Auld Reekie, one full of drugs, deception, and (of course) murder. The characters are strong and the plot twists exciting. Onto the next Rebus book!

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