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The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

The Naming of the Dead

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Winner of Crime Thriller of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.

A very different Rebus. The darkness and aggressive atmosphere of previous books is much lighter and Rebus himself is a softer, much more sympathetic person – except in his approach to ‘authorityâ which has always appeared as much the enemy as the criminals. Siobhan Clarke partners him here and this time has an almost equal share of the book. I had difficulty putting this one down, it is absolutely gripping. This title is also available as an Audiobook in CD format.

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  • Phylippa Smithson - 'If you want to have your inaugural visit into why Ian Rankin, creator of the addictive Rebus novels, is the best of the very best in crime writing – this is the one for you.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'An excellent thriller guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.'
  • Berwyn Peet - 'Clever, intriguing - a terrific page-turner.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Rebus does not take fools gladly...There has been a murder on his patch, but he isn't really bothered, why? The victim was a rapist, so that's one down, loads to go, that's his way of thinking. That is until another body turns up...'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'this had me gripped into the pages. Ian Rankin gets you engrossed in all his novels from the start. He always seems to find a new way of telling the old who killed who saga.'
  • Beverley Davenport - 'Rankin has created such earthy, strong and vulnerable characters, so real and believable that I could picture them and hear their voices in my mind; definitely my new favourite author.
  • Katie Dickinson - 'This was my first Ian Rankin certainly won't be my last.'    
  • Les Wood - 'It's interesting to see how 2005 compares with our current moderate views and actions. It's a salutary story, quite sombre but all issues both factual and invented interweave to create another winner.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Good read and covers current affairs that is happening throughout the world.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is book 16 in the Rebus series and it just keeps getting better and better.'

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The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

The 16th Inspector Rebus novel.

July 2005, and the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland. With daily marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector John Rebus, however, has been sidelined, until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides with clues that a serial killer may be on the loose. The authorities are keen to hush up both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of global importance - but Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules, and when his colleague Siobhan Clarke finds herself hunting down the identity of the riot cop who assaulted her mother, it looks as though both Rebus and Clarke may be up pitted against both sides in the conflict.

THE NAMING OF THE DEAD is a potent mix of action and politics, set against a backdrop of the most devastating week in recent British history.


'Masterly...Ian Rankin's finest novel. It is more than a crime novel, or rather, Rankin's achievement is to show, convincingly, how crime permeates society'

'This one with its heady mix of crime and current affairs, is staggering. He is now at the top of his game and has almost catapulted himself out of the more limited crime genre altogether'

'The plot is another Rankin corker, complex yet convincing, and played out on this occasion over only nine days against the backdrop of last year's G8 summit at Gleneagles, with its retinue of concerts and marches against poverty...The best crime novel you'll read this year'

About the Author

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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18th October 2006


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