"Ian RankinÕs latest Rebus mystery is stuffed full of multiple plotlines, but James MacPhersonÕs pacing and various character voices keep the story rolling along with the listener hooked, and never confused. Rebus is once again an Edinburgh cop, thanks to a change in retirement policy, but at the cost of a demotion, which results in his former protŽgŽe, Siobhan Clarke, now outranking him. MacPhersonÕs tones make clear that Rebus is still cranky and mischievously wayward while Clarke, who has less of a Scots brogue, is more controlled. MacPhersonÕs fine performance includes gruff crooks, powerful businessmen, sleazy lawyers with stretched out syllables, and a slurring ex-police officer weakened by a stroke. A.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"