The Hanging Garden

Inspector Rebus Novels (Volume 9)

Ian Rankin

St. Martin's Griffin

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Drugs.  Extortion.  Slavery.  Organized crime is fighting for a hold on John Rebus's peaceful Scotland.  And when Rebus rescues a young Bosnian girl forced into prostitution, he breaks a policeman's golden rule to never get personally involved in a case.  Add to that the hunt for an elderly Nazi accused of slaughtering an entire French village, and Rebus wonders just how evil humans can be.  Until his own daughter is mortally injured as a gangland warning for him to back off.  Then even a dedicated cop like Rebus might make a deal with the devil to find the culprit.  Not for justice.  For revenge. 
 
A chilling glimpse into the darkest extremes of human cruelty, The Hanging Garden is a page-turning literary thriller. This ninth entry in Ian Rankin's award-winning series confirms his reputation as a writer of rare and lasting gifts.

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JOHN Rebus kissed his daughter.
“Sure you don’t want a lift?”
Samantha shook her head. “I need to walk off that pizza.”
Rebus put his hands in his pockets, felt folded banknotes be­neath his handkerchief. He thought of offering her some money— wasn’t that what fathers did?—but she’d only laugh. She was twenty-four and independent; didn’t need the gesture and cer­tainly wouldn’t take the money. She’d even tried to pay for the pizza, arguing that she’d eaten half while he’d chewed on a single slice.

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"Rebus, a puzzle to himself and an enigma to everyone else ... remains one of the most charismatic heroes in contemporary crime fiction."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"The two cases [Rebus] is investigating here are complex, like one of those fiendishly difficult double-sided jigsaws. The skill with which Rankin fits them together is formidable."
--Sunday Telegraph
 
"Rankin's handling of the gangland plot, culminating in a sting designed to entrap the multi-national mobsters as they raid a huge drug-making plant is masterly."
--Sunday Times
 
"Rankin uses his laconic prose as a literary paint stripper, scouring away pretensions to reveal the unwholesome reality beneath."
--Independent

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THE HANGING GARDEN by Ian Rankin | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE HANGING GARDEN . Staying on top of two complex investigations is tough enough, but what really has Inspector John Rebus up the wall is staying on the wagon.
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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the worldwide #1 bestselling writer of the Inspector Rebus mysteries, including Knots and Crosses, Hide and Seek, Let It Bleed, Black and Blue, Set in Darkness, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, The Falls and Exit Music. He has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons. 

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The Hanging Garden
Ian Rankin

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2010
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ISBN: 9780312617158
ISBN10: 0312617151
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$17.99

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January 2010
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ISBN: 9781429979566
ISBN10: 1429979569
352 pages
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