Exit Music (Inspector Rebus #17)
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 ...more
Rebus has ten days do go when Alexander Todorov, a Russian poet, is brutally murdered after a reading. To all appearances Todorov was ...more
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
Grace and danger."
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 ...more
I bet he comes back as an unauthorized consult ...more
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 ...more
I finally got there, last of the original 17 Inspector Rebus novels, and Exit Music is Rankin's masterpiece. Everything is here - the rich bankers, the lazy parking lot attendants, young flatmates into drugs and partying, Big Ger Cafferty and several Russians. Throughout Rankin makes Edinburgh as large a character than it has ever been before. The spooky Kings Stables Rd. where the mysterious parking garage DOES exist (Google maps and street view a constant companion), where ...more
The music is not part of the crime solving process, but for inspector John Rebus, the bizarre main character of a complete crime fiction series by Ian Rankin, the music is important to get either his brain working or to relax after ...more
SETTING: Edinburgh, Scotland
SERIES: #17 of 17
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Rebus reminds me of Inspector Morse in that he's a bit cantankerous, "knows-all" (usually true!), and he has an eye for the ladies — besides the drink and the music! As for other characters, there's really only Siobhan Clarke who has been stuck with ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The city plays it's usu ...more
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...more
Funny how I'm reading "Crime and Punishment" at the same time and their interweaving of stories into one another is actually pretty similar. Not quite as much rambling inner dial ...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.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more