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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 ‘authority’ 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.

If you like Ian Rankin you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid and Colin Dexter.

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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 novel...it 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.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'I enjoyed this read as much as most of his others though did feel at times that I lost the thread of some of the plots.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'With this and the apparent suicide of an MP they both have their work cut out, easy, they are used to working under pressure, but when the crimes could be linked with one of you own, well that’s a whole different ball game...'

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Synopsis

The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

The 16th Inspector Rebus novel.

A murder has been committed - but as the victim is a rapist, recently released from prison, no one is that concerned about the crime. That is, until Detective Inspector John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke uncover evidence that a serial killer is on the loose . . .

When Rebus also starts looking into the apparent suicide of an MP, he is abruptly warned off the case, not least because the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland, and Rebus's bosses want him well out of the way. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules, and when Siobhan has a very personal reason for hunting down a riot cop, it looks as though both Rebus and Clarke may be up against their own side . . .

Reviews

'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'
The Scotsman

'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'
Daily Mail

'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'
Sunday Telegraph

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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Book Info

Publication date

7th August 2008

Author

Ian Rankin

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback (a Format)
544 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780752883687

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