The Hanging Garden, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The ninth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author. 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752883618



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Friends of mine have been raving about Rebus for years, now I know why - superb as always - and Ian Rankin is obviously a fan of one of my favourite bands The Cure, what could be better.

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This was the ninth novel featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus, and the reader finds him caught in the middle of a gang war in Edinburgh between the established forces of Maurice Gerald Cafferty ("Big Ger"), Rebus's long-standing foe, recently arrived upstart, Tommy Telford.Rebus is not too concerned by the prospect of the gangsters killing each other off, though it is only a matter of time before innocent bystanders are caught in the crossfire. Besides, he has other matters demanding his attention. An eminent professor at the city's university has been accused of being a war criminal, complicit in the massacre of the civilian population of a small village in France in the tail end of the Second World War. Rebus has been assigned to investigate whether there is a case to answer. In the meantime, personal tragedy intervenes, and Rebus is left wondering whether an apparent accident that befalls his daughter might actually have been something more sinister. It looks like he has chosen the wrong time to try to give up alcohol, especially as he is carrying a half-bottle of whisky around with him, just in case!Like its predecessor in the series, this showed Rankin and Rebus moving into another gear.. There are several parallel plots, all with their own intricacies and inherent plausibility. The relationships between Rebus and both Cafferty and Siobhan Clarke, his often reluctant protégée, continue to develop, assuming Byzantine intricacies and twists of their own.

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