In A House of Lies

In A House of Lies

Book - 2018
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A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide - and everything to lose. None more so than Detective John Rebus.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316479202
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 25 cm


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CMLibrary_gjd Nov 04, 2019

Yeah, I finally finished this book! LOL, I have absolutely no idea why my favorite author and series took nearly five months to finish, but it's done and I'm so happy!!!!!

An old cold case comes back to haunt Rebus, meaning we find him in a reflective mood. So much has changed in our society and that, in my opinion, is the true focus of this title. Reconciling our past with our present and trying to figure out if we're the person we were then and if not, is this "new" person any better. I suppose one of the reasons I enjoy Rebus so much is because we're going through some of the same life issues.

quick note I have posted a list of this series in order: CMLibrary Suggests I Love Series: Scottish Police Procedural's Edition

Oct 08, 2019

This was my first Ian Rankin novel. It relied on the fact that you had read the former novels in the series and for most of the first half I was quite lost as to who the characters were and how they connected to each other. It was a good detective novel but most of the time I was feeling a bit lost. I was just getting on to everyone towards the end so now I may read any future novels and actually understand what is going on!

Jun 03, 2019

Well written with snappy dialogue but too much of it is characters talking about other characters & earlier crimes & I'm lost. It may be a book that needs to be read in large hunks of time to maintain continuity. Anyways, I gave up halfway through it.

Jun 03, 2019

Slow moving for a Rebus novel. Not one of his best.

May 16, 2019

Inspector Rebus mystery. Scottish locale. Cold case resumes when a body is found, opening up a murder inquiry. Also brings forth police corruption and political infighting.

Apr 28, 2019

Another well-written novel by Ian Rankin starring retired Scottish policeman John Rebus, who cannot (once again) help but insert himself in the middle of ongoing investigations by his former colleagues. To really engage in this book though you probably need two things: 1) having read previous Rankin novels starring Rebus; and 2) a strong sense of patience with Scottish slang - most of which I am not able to get a handle on (but that still works). That said, still a great crime story with a present investigation that brings in all sorts of characters from an investigation of a crime mishandled by the police some 12 years earlier. Throw in a strong element of police corruption and and internal politics and you have very complicated story, well-told as always by Rankin.

Feb 22, 2019

Found the book hard to follow. Got halfway through and decided to give it a pass; didn't really care at that point. I think it is well written just a wee bit boring. Maybe if you start with his earlier books and get into the characters it would help.

Feb 16, 2019

Pretty dull. Cops talking to cops most of the time...or cops talking to crime bosses. I'm on page 200 and there's very little making me want to read on.

Feb 09, 2019

Certainly the most satisfying, maybe the best with all 3 major characters- Fox, Rebus and Clarke with a taste of the villains too. Great read.

Feb 08, 2019

A good read especially for those already familiar with the characters in Rankin's John Rebus novels. Robinson still includes an undercurrent plot involving Rebus's previous contacts with drug warlord Cafferty. Rebus, once a detective on the force, but now retired, features strongly in the novel as a detective helping his ex- police partner, S. Clarke, re-examine the case of a convicted teen murderer, providing background information about a missing person case he worked on 12 years ago but whose body had never been found until it turned up recently, and, of course, being the only one able to expose the dealings of 2 corrupt police officers in the Anti-Corruption Unit. All plot lines are some how neatly tied together. Good repartee between Clarke and Rebus keeps the reading on the lighter side.

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CMLibrary_gjd Nov 04, 2019

pg 11 Reid was stressing the need for a TV or monitor of some kind so they could keep an eye on the media's treatment of the story.
pg 100 Time was, they'd already been weighing up the trading of physical blows, but now that each was afraid of the cost of losing, words would have to suffice.
pg 349 (of a lawyer) Rebus didn't know him, but he knew the type--tailored like a shop-window mannequin and spritzed all over by an aerosol called privilege.


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