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
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
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...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
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?
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
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
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
the local business leaders...more
Rankin has wide interests. His analysis of Scottish politics is as enlightening as anything a broadsheet journalist wo...more
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...more
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...more
This is the book that sees Rebus's ex...more
So I plunged in, even though I have not read all the other cases. (To be honest, whenever I looked at Rebus books in the shops I could never be sure if this was one I had read...more
Back Cover Blurb:
It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging g...more
One of my favorite Rebus mysteries. I can't bear the thought that he has retired! I sure hope Rankin has Rebus join the crew of retired detective who reopen cold cases. It would be a nice touch, if Rankin does have to end the series, to make Rebus' own murder the final case, to be solved by Siobhan Clarke, his detective protegee.
Exit Music -- nice touch at story's end to have Rebus' retirement gift fr. Siobhan turn out to be an electronic device (an iPod pre-loaded By Siobhan w...more
Then ten days until Rebus's retirement, Rebus and Detective Sargent Siobhan Clarke suddenly land a brutal murder case. The victim is a dissident Russian poet. Though it looks...more
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