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Resurrection Men (Inspector Rebus #13)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,346 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
Rebus is off the case - literally. A few days into a murder inquiry following the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at DCS Gill Templer. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' - in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is given an old, unsolved case to work on, in order to teach him and others the merits of teamwork. B ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Orion (first published 2001)
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James Thane
Scottish Inspector John Rebus has always had a problem with authority, but he gets particularly exorcised one morning and hurls a cup of tea at his supervisor. For this, he is assigned to a stint at Tulliallan, a police academy where problem officers are sent for retraining and to see if their careers can be resurrected.

The approach is to take an old case and assign it to the "resurrection men" working under the close supervision of an instructor who will teach them the teamwork necessary to goo
Chrissa Vasileiou
Nov 14, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Λυπάμαι ειλικρινά κάθε φορά που "αναγκάζομαι" να βάλω 1 ή 2 αστεράκια σε αστυνομικά βιβλία.Σημαίνει πως το αγαπημένο μου είδος αυτήν τη φορά με άφησε παγερά αδιάφορη ή απογοητευμένη.
Είχα ακούσει πολλά και για τον Rankin και για τον Rebus,και είχα σκοπό να πιάσω κάποια στιγμή ένα δικό του βιβλίο.Η αφορμή δόθηκε με το Μαραθώνιο Ανάγνωσης των εκδόσεων 'Μεταίχμιο'.Ίσως φταίει το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο,και γενικότερα η σειρά με τον Rebus ν' αξίζει πολλά,αλλά εγώ αυτό διάβασα και δηλώνω πλήρως απογοητευμ
Nov 25, 2015 Athena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πιστεύω πως αυτό το μυθιστόρημα θα το απολάμβανα περισσότερο αν οι περιστάσεις ήταν διαφορετικές. Πιο συγκεκριμένα, αν είχαν διαβάσει τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία με πρωταγωνιστή τον επιθεωρητή Ρέμπους θα κατανοούσα ευκολότερα τα γεγονότα. Επίσης, με δυσκόλεψε αρκετά η συνεχής χρήση του διαλόγου, καθώς εξαιτίας του η πλοκή κινούταν πιο γρήγορα και μη γνωρίζοντας κάποια γεγονότα από το παρελθόν του πρωταγωνιστή, δεν με βοήθησε στο να αντιληφθώ το τι γινόταν. Θεωρώ ότι ο Ρέμπους και η Σιβόν είναι ολοκληρωμέ ...more
Helen Stavraki
Μια ανάσταση και μια κάθαρση που τελικά εναντιώνονται στο γεγονός πως συμφωνούν στο ότι διαφωνούν με το σύστημα διαφθοράς της εξουσίας αλλα παρόλα αυτα ειναι στενά συνδεδεμένες και αλληλεξαρτώμενες απο αυτο! Η ιστορία μας χαρίζει απλόχερα σχεδια δολοπλοκίας,ατομικού συμφέροντος,επαγγελματικής εξέλιξης -ανεξαρτήτως τιμήματος-ύπουλες συνεργασίες,δόλιες σιωπές,ανώτερες παρεμβάσεις απο εξέχοντα πρόσωπα υπεράνω υποψίας.
Πολύπλοκο σενάριο αστυνομικής υπόθεσης και ανεξιχνίαστες υποθέσεις που ίσως ειναι
Moira Russell
Sadly disappointing....somehow, this book never lived up to its brilliant premise: Rebus, a walking nightmare of an employee, throws a mug of tea at his female boss and ex-lover and gets sent to a combination boot camp for recruits/rehab center for cops on their last chance. But really he's there undercover, trying to secretly investigate a ring of dirty cops....without revealing his own secrets about a cold case they've been assigned by surprise. Or is his boss trying to get rid of Rebus once a ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
Another excellent Rebus story. This book finds DI Rebus sent back to refinishing school (in a way) after an incident at his local police station. He throws a mug of tea at boss, Gill Templar, and finds himself sent for retraining with a group of other reprobates from other districts. But there is more to this assignment than meets the eye and I'll let you read the book to see what. In the meantime, DS Siobhan Clark, Rebus' protégé, is deeply involved with a team trying to solve the murder of an ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Wow. #13 already in this wonderful series. Although a latecomer to Ian Rankin's and John Rebus' world, I always make sure every 2-3 books I go back to this terrific series in order to get my Rebus and Edinburgh fix. Resurrection Men is another intricately crafted mystery and, as with many of Rankin's books, manages to effectively tie in 2 or more seemingly unrelated crimes where solving either of them is entirely dependent on understanding the other. Forced into remedial training with some poten ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Yngvild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, thriller
It is practically impossible to write a review of one of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels without using the word ‘gritty’, so I may as well just get it over with. For anybody who has not met him before, Inspector Rebus is the classic bad boy of the Scottish police, a hard drinking maverick guaranteed to annoy his boss and get his man (or woman). The difference is that Ian Rankin does it so well and Resurrection Men is one of the best of the series.

Appropriately number thirteen of the series,
Dec 06, 2015 RJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, u-k
#13 in Rankin's Rebus series sees DI John Rebus sent to a course for delinquent detectives. (After throwing a coffee cup at his superior Gill Templer that is). But all is not as it appears, Rebus has a certain job to do. The other "Resurrection Men" as these wayward coppers are called, are apparently not as they seem either.

Solid entry in the always enjoyable Rankin novels. Although Rankin can't resist inserting several of his regulars into his stories (a certain Edinburgh crime boss for example
Renée Mee
One of my fave authors and I love Rebus but his character is becoming tedious. It's nice to see a realistic flawed hero but after all Rebus's experience he is starting to appear not jut disillusioned(you can only play that card so long) but stupid. He is always getting into situations where he is beat up or almost killed and like the heroine tied to the railroad tracks,the hero rescues him just in time. Also,be nice to see a few more wins. Although ,no matter university education he appears to h ...more
Excellent book, my first book read by this author and I really loved it, specially with the musical background BBC chose for it.
Genevieve Andrews
Good Scottish mystery, makees you really want to go to the pub
I have read other books in this series and really enjoyed them. This one for me was much less enjoyable than the others because it had so many characters that it was difficult to keep them all straight (it even had a 3 page list at the start of the book explaining who all the main characters were!). It also had more than one case that was being solved at a time in multiple police stations all with different staff. All this coupled with the fact that the book was so long (almost 450 pages) made i ...more
Shirley Schwartz
This book is definitely a winner. Classic John Rebus, and an excellent book in this wonderful series. This is book number 13 in the series, but it is also a good book for anyone to begin with if they want to sample this series. But I must warn those new dabblers, that this series is seriously addictive. Rebus is always in trouble with the higher-ups so it's not a surprise to find him sent to a retraining group to learn how to be a team player. And it's not a surprise to find out that he got hims ...more
Aug 19, 2011 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This the 13th in the addictive John Rebus series featuring the addicted cop who has become a favorite read for many. The book won an Edgar as best mystery in 2004 and I can’t really say why I hadn’t read it before this.

When he’s not boozing or smoking, Rebus is generally up to his neck in trouble. This novel is no exception. It begins with the detective throwing a tea mug at his supervisor, which gets him sent to Tulliallan, the Scottish police college, for retraining. We soon discover he has be
This is the second book featuring Rebus I've ever read, and last time, I was a bit underwhelmed. The ending was too neat, and it was just a little bit unsatisfying. The second time round, I've had a bit of a chance to get to know Rebus, and Siobhan, and the recurring supporting cast, and I have to say I think Rankin is one of my new favourites. It was brilliant. I can see why this won awards - it's a very good story, very well told, with marvellous characters.

It was just really satisfying. And a
I didn't like this book as much as the previous ones in the series. I had trouble keeping up with the parallel stories (Clarke's and Rebus's). Also, I guess that what bothered me even more, was keeping up with all the guys' names and personalities. It won't keep me from reading the next installment though.

One other thing that has been driving me crazy, is Siobhan's name, which I can't get myself to pronounce Shivaun (or something of the kind), in my brain of course...
But this has been going on s
Simon McDonald
Jan 02, 2016 Simon McDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When DI John Rebus hurls a cup of tea at his superior and ex-lover Gill Templar, he is sentenced to purgatory in the form of Tulliallan; the Scottish Police College, where rookies learn the ropes, and senior offices are offered a final shot at redemption. Embarking on a team behaviour course led by DCI Tennant, Rebus is introduced to five anti-authority types, who put his own exploits to shame: Tam Barclay, Allan Ward, Francis Gray, Stu Sutherland, and Jazz McCullough. Together, they are tasked ...more
David Kintore
Jul 05, 2014 David Kintore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Resurrection Men, the lugubrious Rebus is back in the thick of convoluted, murky goings-on within the less than squeaky clean world of the Scottish police. Rebus has been sent on a kind of remedial course for insubordinate officers, the aim of which is to turn them into team players rather than the loose cannons they have demonstrated themselves to be. A laughably naïve intention, of course.

Whereas Rebus is basically one of the good guys despite his jaded and cynical demeanour, three of the
May 01, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When nearing the end of this book, I didn't realize that there would be a series of very short, action packed chapters. I'm beginning to find out that Ian Rankin tries to flavor his formula differently. The author likes to discuss about pubs, the weather, cigarettes, music (there's a mention of some movie but only once). If Rebus hadn't been a DI, he would have been amazed at all the action taking place in his life. Since he solves cases for a living, such events don't seem out of place. Goes w ...more
Craig Pittman
May 15, 2014 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up this particular outing by Ian Rankin, I was surprised at its heft and checked the length -- more than 500 pages. Did I want to spend that much time with his grumbling, disreputable Inspector Rebus? Well, as it turns out, it's time well spent. This book begins with a bang, drags a bit toward the middle and then, around page 400, becomes un-put-downable (if that's not a word, it should be).

The bang at the beginning explains how Rebus wound up on a sort of probation, headed
Marianna Chatziiosif
Διαβασα το συγκεκριμενο βιβλιο του Rankin για το Μαραθωνιο Αναγνωσης του Μεταιχμιου. Για να πω την αληθεια, το ξεκινησα χωρις καθολου ορεξη και με πολλη επιφυλαξη. Οι λογοι δυο: 1) Η πρωτη μου γνωριμια με τον επιθεωρητη Ρεμπους εγινε με τη συλλογη διηγηματων "Επικινδυνες αποστολες στο Εδιμβουργο για τον επιθεωρηρη Ρεμπους" και το βιβλιο εκεινο δε με ειχε ενθουσιασει και 2) Δεν ειχα διαβασει κανενα αλλο βιβλιο απο τη σειρα του Ρεμπους. Ετσι ειχα τις αμφιβολιες μου στο κατα ποσο θα βρω ενδιαφερον ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too complicated. The novel staggers from place to place like Rebus after a long night at the Ox. A rare example of the TV adaptation being better.

That said it's Ian Rankin, which means it's still a hell of a lot better than most.
Sep 06, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Επιστροφή στη Σκωτία μετά το Outlander, στη σύγχρονη εκδοχή της αυτή τη φορά, για να συναντήσουμε έναν ντετέκτιβ, που εγώ τον λάτρεψα (όχι όμως και οι συνάδελφοί του)!!!! Ο Τζον Ρέμπους, λοιπόν, ο ντετέκτιβ της σειράς του Ίαν Ράνκιν, με βάση το Ενδιμβούργο, είναι από τους καλύτερους ντετέκτιβ του Ανθρωποκτονιών, αλλά το πρόβλημά του είναι ότι δεν υπακούει σε κανόνες και ώρες ώρες ξεφεύγει από τα νόμιμα πλαίσια (οποιαδήποτε σύνδεση με τη λατρεία μου το Χάρυ Χόλε είναι είτε τυχαία, είτε ο Νέσμπο ε ...more
Kristi Lamont
Back on my Rebus jag. Don't think anybody wants to read the same "reaction" over and over again, so unless I come across one that is outstandingly good or weirdly disappointing I will just log and rate and move on.
Simone Sinna
Oct 19, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My second of Rankin’s novels with John Rebus, and enjoyed this even more than the last. Rebus is even more difficult than usual (but does occasionally have OJ instead of Lahroiag), with a great story that keeps you thinking right up until pretty much the last page. “Resurrection Men” refers to cops on their last warning sent back to school. Only this lot aren’t keen on graduating with honours. Meantime Siobham Clarke is working a murder and red herrings and side plots wrap around each other, inv
Neill Smith
Mar 26, 2014 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Rebus's reputation has either placed him as an undercover agent investigating allegations of criminal behavior of other police officers or is exposing his own actions in an earlier case that might result in his expulsion from the force - he has no way of determining which is the case except to attend a remedial session designed to resurrect officers who have not demonstrated the ability to play well with others. The remedial training he is attending is for the at-risk officers to research a ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Rebus tale, this time about police corruption, with a twist in the last chapters. D.I. Rebus and D.S. Clarke are very likeable characters.
Chuck Slack
Mar 02, 2014 Chuck Slack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another in a line of great books in this series! Reading Rebus is like catching up with an old friend. I can't wait till the next time.
Another solid outing for everyone's favourite slightly rumpled, dissolute & clever DI. Rebus is sent back to the academy for retraining. It's the last stop on the career ladder for officers who have attitude problems or don't play well with others. Normally, he'd fit right in but this time he's a plant. Several of his classmates are suspected of helping themselves to the spoils of a drug war but the higher-ups have never been able to find the evidence they need. Many have long suspected Rebu ...more
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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; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

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“Tell me, Francis, do you buy your one-liners wholesale? Only they’re well past their sell-by.” 0 likes
“Scotland is divided into several police regions. Rebus works for Lothian and Borders Police, whose “beat” covers Edinburgh and most points south until you reach the English border. The region’s HQ is based at Fettes Avenue in Edinburgh, and is often referred to by officers as “the Big House.” Other main police stations in the capital include St. Leonard’s (where Rebus is normally based), Leith (the port of Edinburgh), Gayfield Square and West End. The officer in charge of this region is known as the chief constable. He is served, in decreasing order of rank, by a deputy chief constable (DCC), two assistant chief constables (ACCs), and various detective chief superintendents (DCSs),” 0 likes
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