Summary

What could be better than settling down to listen to an elegantly crafted, intricate mystery thriller fraught with tension and excitement? Set in Edinburgh, Ian Rankin's best-selling Inspector Rebus series makes its return with a dark installment that revisits the haunting unsolved murder of a young woman.
Some cases never leave you.
For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found.
Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?
In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.
©2016 John Rebus Ltd (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms GM on 14-11-16

Thank you Mr Rankin - loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Be the Devil to be better than the print version?

Went straight for the audio

What other book might you compare Rather Be the Devil to, and why?

Incomparable!

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

He brings it to life & maintains the character voices brilliantly. Such a lovely accent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not what you'd call a moving book. What I love about Ian Rankin is that his portrayal of violence is bearable. Some writers go over the top with blood & gore to the point of making if too unpleasant! I want to be entertained & kept in suspense not made depressed by the horrors of our world - there's enough of that in the daily news. I hope there's another Rebus in you Mr R.

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5 out of 5 stars
By keith on 09-11-16

Ageing disgracefully...

Rebus back on his old manor against old sparring partners. Nothing new but engaging as always. Strong, if familiar, writing and excellent performance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By George Fogden on 27-11-16

Mr Rankin at his best

Where does Rather Be the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is vintage Rebus, nothing has been lost on this one

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rebus, of course

What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Understanding the accent

Any additional comments?

Ask Mr. Rankin for more of the same please. I see Cafferty is back so I expect some more in the near future.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 24-11-16

Never fails to entertain, Rebus is as good as ever

If you could sum up Rather Be the Devil in three words, what would they be?

Like an old friend

What did you like best about this story?

Character relationships

What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brings out the characters own personalities.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes but it would be a spoiler to write about it, although Hank Marvin will suffice.

Any additional comments?

After 20 previous books, with not even a slightly 'iffy' one amongst them, this book shines. Rebus is on form and every bit as good as he's always been, albeit slightly less edgy than his younger days, he still packs a punch! highly recommended! Patrica Cornwell could well learn some lessons about her character's appeal from this!

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