The Hanging Garden Book Summary and Study Guide

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Detective Inspector John Rebus is investigating a suspected Nazi war criminal. But because a young Bosnian woman forced into prostitution reminds Rebus of his own daughter, he tries to help her escape from a ganster, Telford, who is importing prostitutes.
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Rebus's daughter then becomes a victim of a hit and run which looks like the work of Telford. Soon Rebus finds himself in a personal vendetta against Telford and he is prepared to seek help from Telford's rival, big Ger McCafferty. Meanwhile, Rebus' investigation is hitting dead ends as it looks like the British government does not want anyone investigating the possible war criminal.

This is book 9 in the Inspector Rebus series which contrasts the repercussions of World War II and the war in the former Yugoslavia.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   white slavery ring

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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