Standing in Another Man's Grave

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Standing in Another Man's Grave
First edition
Author Ian Rankin
Series Inspector Rebus
Genre Detective fiction
Publication date
Media typePrint
ISBN 1409109402
OCLC 60794519
Preceded by Exit Music  
Followed by Saints of the Shadow Bible  

Standing in Another Man's Grave is the eighteenth instalment in the bestselling Inspector Rebus series of crime novels, published in 2012. The title of the book is a mondegreen, Rankin having misheard the Scottish singer songwriter Jackie Leven singing "Standing in Another Man's Rain", which mistake he gives to Rebus. Excerpts from Leven's songs appear with each division of the book. [1]

<i>Inspector Rebus</i>

The Inspector Rebus books are a series of detective novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin. The novels, centred on Detective Inspector John Rebus, are mostly based in and around Edinburgh.

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 2012.

A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. Mondegreens are most often created by a person listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to clearly hear a lyric, substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric "...and laid him on the green" in a Scottish ballad as "...and Lady Mondegreen".

Having been retired from the police for five years, Rebus continues to investigate as part of the cold cases unit. [2] The mother of a missing girl enlists his help in finding out what happened to her daughter, leading Rebus to uncover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium. [3]

A cold case is a crime or an accident that has not yet been fully solved and is not the subject of a recent criminal investigation, but for which new information could emerge from new witness testimony, re-examined archives, new or retained material evidence, as well as fresh activities of the suspect. New technical methods developed after the case can be used on the surviving evidence to analyze the causes, often with conclusive results.


Jake Kerridge, writing in The Telegraph, gave the novel four stars out of five and concurs with Alison Flood (The Guardian) that Detective Inspector Malcolm Fox, who was in the two novels before this one, is a poor character when up against Rebus, which he is frequently in this book. [4]

<i>The Guardian</i> British national daily newspaper

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and took its current name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, the Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. The Scott Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference". The Scott Trust was converted into a limited company in 2008, with a constitution written so as to project the same protections for The Guardian as were originally built into the very structure of the Scott Trust by its creators. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to benefit an owner or shareholders.

The Metro gave the book two stars out of five calling it "Mediocre at best" and noted that the door remains open for another Rebus novel; "Let's hope it's better than this one." [5] Similarly, John Dugdale, writing in The Sunday Times, said that "Rebus’s comeback novel is hence a bewildering mixture of good and bad, interlacing an impeccably crafted whodunnit." [6]

<i>Metro</i> (British newspaper) Free tabloid newspaper published by DMG Media, based in London

Metro is the United Kingdom's highest circulation newspaper, published in tabloid format by DMG Media. The free newspaper is distributed from Monday to Friday mornings on trains, buses, stations, airports and hospitals across urban areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Copies are also handed out to pedestrians.

<i>The Sunday Times</i> British weekly newspaper

The Sunday Times is the largest-selling British national newspaper in the "quality press" market category. It is published by Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News UK, which is in turn owned by News Corp. Times Newspapers also publishes The Times. The two papers were founded independently and have been under common ownership only since 1966. They were bought by News International in 1981.

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  1. "Ian talks about STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE". Ian Rankin. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. Flood, Alison (18 November 2012). "Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. "Standing in Another Man's Grave". Ian Rankin. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. Kerridge, Jake (5 November 2012). "Rebus novel: Standing in Another Man's Grave, by Ian Rankin, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  5. "Ian Rankin brings back Rebus – but the results are mediocre at best". Metro. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  6. Dugdale, John (4 November 2012). "Standing In Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 28 October 2018.