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Exit Music (Inspector Rebus #17)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,420 ratings  ·  467 reviews
The year 2007 marks Detective Inspector John Rebus's last year in the Scottish police force. Forced to retire by both the law and his relieved superiors, Rebus knows that his time in the blue ranks must now come to an end. But how will the irascible detective deal with this grim terminus?
Audio CD, Abridged. 6CDs. Approx. 7 hours 40 minutes., 5 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Orion Audiobooks (first published 2007)
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Sep 29, 2008 Rasmus rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
I had extremely high expectations prior to reading this book. After all, this is the culmination of a long and amazing series. Perhaps, I would say, the best series of crime novels since Chandler. Maybe even better. This was the last one. DI John Rebus's last days before retirement.

It was with a mix of dread and hope, that I picked it up and started reading. I wanted things to end well for Rebus, but I knew it wasn't going to be all rosy and happy either. It just wouldn't be Rebus, if that had b
James Thane
This is the seventeenth and allegedly last book in Ian Rankin's excellent series featuring Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus. Rebus was already nearly sixty years old before his creator was stunned to discover that sixty was the mandatory retirement age for detectives in Scotland. Accordingly, this book finds Rebus in the autumn of the year and of his career as well.

Rebus has ten days do go when Alexander Todorov, a Russian poet, is brutally murdered after a reading. To all appearances Todorov was
Pris robichaud

As We Say Goodbye, Let Me Wish You Grace and Danger, November 18, 2007

"I never knew the road that carried me along
Crazy sidewalk, concealed by pretty song
You want my life from me
I'll give you two
You'll be no strife for me
As we say goodbye
Let me wish you as you fly.

Grace and danger
Sweet grace
No danger
Sweet grace
No danger
Grace and danger."
John Martyn

John Rebus hooked me into his life with his love of music and his style, and that is how he ends his career, style with 'Exit Music'-ho
Jon Mountjoy
Okay, I've read all of the Rebus series. I suspect this is the final book, given the title. I don't often read the genre, but I've grown to love the warty, very human Rebus. He fights the world, and himself. I suppose I started reading these books because Rebus is set in Edinburgh, where I live. It adds a wonderful dimension when the story takes place in streets and pubs that you know (and I've just learned about a bodysnatching lookout tower from the book). So, you'll enjoy this book if you've ...more
Anyone who follows my book reviews is probably already aware that I am a big fan of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series. Mysteries are my favorite genre and the Rebus series is really one of the best, in my opinion. Rankin can always be counted on to give us believable characters and situations and always there is in the background the wonderfully funky and historic city of Edinburgh, a smallish town in a smallish country where everybody and everything seems intertwined. And always in the middle ...more
Chuck Slack
It is with sorrow that I read another in this great series as with each passing book I get closer to the end. To say this series has been a joy is an understatement. Rankin, through his wonderful character, Rebus, has introduced me to Edinburgh. So much so that my family and I, my wife is a huge fan of the series as well, travelled to Edinburgh for holidays. Seeing Waverley Station, Princes Street, the Oxford Bar, and all of Rebus' haunts was a lot of fun. Reading this book was too. A great read ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is my first Inspector Rebus book, but I hear it is the last in the series (sigh). I must read the others. I spent some time in Edinburgh, so I recall the places they spoke of. A beautiful city!
Detective Inspector John Rebus is retiring and tries to tie up some loose end. There is a murder of a Russian poet that seems to be a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence a high-level delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, keen to bring business to Scotland. The politicians and bankers w
Barbara Green
I was quite frankly disappointed with this book. I understand now that there will be another in the Rebus series but, at the time of publication it was considered to be the last . Now let me say I have, from the beginning, been an Ian Rankin fan which I guess could have contributed to my high level of anticipation. And when I opened the book it drew me in pretty quickly and we 'were off' as they say. The only problem for me it, like its heroe, it began to run out of steam. I wom't delineate the ...more
Cathi Davis
This was a kindle deal of the day. Worth every one of the 199 pennies, but don't make this your first Inspector Rebus story. Too much short-hand writing, ie rankin assumes you know much of the back story and the quirks of the characters. This wasn't my first, so I enjoyed it. Though it felt a tad like the author was a wee bit tired of old Rebus and wanted to hurry him along off the page. The story about a murdered Russia poet has plenty of twists and turns, and the result is good, possibly unexp ...more
PROTAGONIST: DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke
SETTING: Edinburgh, Scotland
SERIES: #17 of 17
RATING: 3.75

The time that fans of Detective Inspector John Rebus have long dreaded has arrived—in only ten days, Rebus is set to retire. Anyone who knows him does not expect him to go gently into that good night. Even though his career clock is ticking, he’s completely engaged in the newest case to come in to the department. Acclaimed Russian poet Alexander Todorov has been beaten to death. What at first
What did I learn from this book? Easy. Don't come into a series on the 16th and final book. Why, you may ask? Because apparently the primary characters in the book have a long and complex history of which I was ignorant. And the author did little to bring a novice reader up to speed. I was urged to read this book by a long-time reader of Ian Rankin, who, apparently, also read them in order. Anyway, the book takes place in Scotland in 2006 as Detective Inspector John Rebus is facing imminent mand ...more
Kathy Davie
Please. Please, don't let Rebus retire...I want to read more about him! He's too interesting a character to sit back in an armchair with his music and Scotch.

Always a pain in management's back side (one of Rebus' three delights in life, see above paragraph for the first two), this is Rebus' last chance to clear up old cases, and especially, clear up Ger Cafferty. So when a Russian dissident poet is murdered and a possible connection to Big Ger rises, Rebus insists that there is more to the murde
Amanda Patterson
This is Ian Rankin’s second masterpiece. The first was Black & Blue.
I have grown old with DI Rebus. I define the way I enjoy crime fiction from Ian Rankin’s, and Michael Connelly’s, writing. I read Exit Music as slowly as I could. I don’t want Rebus and his arch-enemy, Big Ger Cafferty, off my reading radar. I was not disappointed. Rankin is a fine storyteller. He and Rebus work through Edinburgh as one in this swan song. Or is it?
The crime Rebus investigates is cleverly concealed and reveal
EXIT MUSIC (Police Proc-John Rebus-Scotland-Cont) – Ex
Rankin, Ian – 18th in series
Orion, 2008, UK Hardcover- ISBN: 9780752868608

First Sentence: The girl screamed once, only the once, but it was enough.

DI John Rebus is one week from retirement. What begins as the murder of a Russian poet becomes much more complex. Does it involve the Russians meeting with Edinburgh real estate agents and bankers? How does it link with a second murder? What is the connection to Rebus’ nemeses Ger Cafferty?

When Re
Bookmarks Magazine

This nostalgic farewell for the aging, rebellious, and popular Rebus raised an all-consuming question for critics: is this really the end to the beloved detective, or will he return? The cliffhanger ending, as well as the general belief that Rankin would never give up his adored character, suggests that Rebus could make a comeback. "Exit Music does leave the door open for more Rebus stories as well as a series featuring Siobhan, who has become more of a presence in each novel," notes the South F

Steve Aldous
When first published many thought Exit Music would be DI John Rebus’ swansong. Following the lead of his excellent Naming of the Dead, set with a background of the G8 summit, Rankin uses another newsworthy issue as background for this story. The poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvienko in London is referenced on a number of occasions throughout – the timeline of the news story coinciding with events in Rankin’s Edinburgh. Unlike in Naming, the reference is not used to drive the plot. I ...more
Just a few days off retirement, Rebus is trying to solve the murder of a Russian poet, with the help of partner D.S. Siobhan Clarke and a young P.C. Goodyear lent to the CID. This is a really good story, full of red herrings, twists and tails, and Rebus is the tortured, drunk genius at his best. I really love this character.
Not sure why this one was not noted as a read book on Goodreads at the time I read it. I remember reading it while I was in Madrid for a conference in October a few years ago. I do like DI Inspector Rebus. I have not read the entire series. I started reading the series when I was in Dublin over the July 4th holiday about 9 years ago -- I bought the first 3 books in the series so I could be reading books by an Irish author about Ireland while in that country.

Exit Music was supposed to the be las
Craig Pittman
On his final week on the job, retiring Detective Inspector John Rebus gets one last murder case to solve -- and at first glance it appears to be a straightforward mugging gone bad.

But then it turns out the victim is an internationally known Russian poet, and the case connects to politicians, bankers, drug-dealers and other high- and low-lifes, including Rebus' longtime nemesis, Edinburgh godfather Big Ger Cafferty. Before Rebus and his longtime partner Siobhan Clarke can wrap everything up, Reb
Sundarraj Kaushik
Rebus retires. This book is based on the last two weeks before Rebus's retirement. The Russian businessmen are in town trying to win business deals with Scotland. A dissident Russian poet is found murdered and Rebus and Siobhan come into picture.
Soon the audio recordist who had a penchant to record things in public and who recorded the last book reading of the Russian poet is also found dead.

Siobhan leads the investigation with Rebus as a team member. Rebus ends up rubbing everybody the wrong wa
Venerable detective John Rebus is one week from retirement and he makes the most of it in his typical style - he solves a tricky case, he gets in hot water with his superiors and he has a run-in with Big Ger Cafferty, While this isn't the last book in the series it is the penultimate. It is a solid story with a lot of byplay with his favorite sidekick DS Clarke and others and still keeps the mystery interesting. There are better books in the series but it is a fitting wrap to Rebus' career.

The m
Trevor Burton
There seems far too much to be happening in only twelve days, which does not feel credible since nothing seems urgent enough to warrant an immediate result, e.g kidnap. Ransom etc. It also happens to be the last days leading up to the retirement of Rebus though?. The Goodyear character was not convincing. Why was he seconded from uniform into CID and let go after only a few days? Or did I miss something?
I don’t understand why big Ger Cafferty appears to be such a loner, you would expect at least
Toni Osborne
Inspector Rebus, book17

With this installment Mr Rankin has written a great send off, a suitable finale for his protagonist Inspector Rebus. Each chapter is a count down to his last days before retirement. True to the author's style, suspense builds till the end making this story not only entertaining but also intriguing.

Under pressure to solve the murder of a Russian poet and a local sound recordist, Rebus and Siobhan quickly find out this case is connected to the underworld led by Big Ger Caffe
Exit Music is the last book of the John Rebus series and I would be desolate if I didn't have some of the earlier ones to read. There are nineteen in all and this last one is exceptional. As he ties up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a Russian poet has been found beaten to death in the street. John and Siobhan think at first that is a mugging, but they discover a group of Russian businessmen is in town wanting to invest in Scotland.

the local business leaders
Ian Mapp
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Moray Barclay
The plot is marginally flaky. In the the hands of most authors this would matter, but with Ian Rankin it is irrelevent. The journey he describes is fascinating and links Scottish and international realpolitik with old-fashioned villainary; every character is completely credible, and the street wisdom and telepathy between Rebus and Siobahn is uplifting and at times quite joyful.

Rankin has wide interests. His analysis of Scottish politics is as enlightening as anything a broadsheet journalist wo
A good well-thought-out thriller from Ian Rankin, featuring DI John Rebus. Reading this book was like slipping into a comfortable old pair of slippers - easy to get into and comforting to read - it felt just like catching up with old friends.
If you've not read any of the Rebus novels before, I wouldn't necessarily pick this one as the first, but if you're a fan of the series, you'll like this one as well. This has an added touch of poignancy about it as well as it charts a case that takes place
D. Eric
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Ian Rankin has crafted one of the best mystery series ever written. While many novelists fade after half a dozen books, in "Exit Music" Rankin has kept the character of John Rebus as fresh, human, and complex in the seventeeth novel in this series as he was when he first appeared in "Knots and Crosses."

The sense of inevitability, frustration, and a man out of sorts is palpable. Rebus, ten days away from mandatory retirement, tries to tie up a career's
The last Rebus? I so hope not - he is one of the greatest creations in all of British detective fiction. It's typical Rebus to get (over)involved in a murder case that looks to be turning into an international conspiracy a mere three days before his retirement... But, as always, with Rankin's novels, things are most definately not what they seem, as Rebus gets himself suspended (leaving Siobhan in charge), and finds himself the suspect in an assault, all of which forces him onto an inexorable co ...more
I bought this some little while ago and decided to keep it to read as my reward for finishing my nonfiction book Denying Science (coming your way this fall, plug plug); of course, Denying Science proved to be one of those rare books that took me far longer to polish off than anticipated, so, as you can imagine, by the time I allowed myself to reach Exit Music down from the shelf, I was trembling like a junkie in need of a fix. But it was worth the wait . . .

This is the book that sees Rebus's ex
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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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  • Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
  • Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus, #2)
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  • Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
  • The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
  • Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6)
  • Let it Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
  • Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus, #8)
  • The Hanging Garden (Inspector Rebus, #9)
  • Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, #10)
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