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The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus #16)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  4,957 ratings  ·  268 reviews
The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty...except one. John Rebus's reputation precedes him, and his bosses don't want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he's manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinne ...more
Paperback, Open Market Ed, 517 pages
Published March 2007 by Orion, London (first published 2006)
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This was my third Rankin/Rebus novel, and I'm afraid it's going to be my last as well. I'll share the blame with the author: Perhaps the problem is just that I don't get it -- I don't get his use of language; I don't get the device of burying the main plot elements under hundreds of pages in which nothing much actually happens; I don't get (to put it bluntly) the main character, rich in shtick and yet, in the end, absolutely two-dimensional and dull. As there are many readers who are crazy for t ...more
THE NAMING OF THE DEAD (Pol Proc-Scotland-Cont) – VG
Rankin, Ian- 17th in series
Orion, 2006- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0752868586
*** The G8 conference is taking place in Edinburgh, and while all other officers have been deployed, DI John Rebus has not. During one conference event, a young politician dies. The police are calling it suicide; Rebus isn’t so certain. That investigation is supplanted by another case. A token is found in “clootie well,” a place where items are placed in remembrance of the d
Aug 07, 2007 E.H. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are really enamoured of Scotland?
There is a bookstore in the international wing of the Hong Kong airport that sells only mystery novels and biographies of Mao, and since I'm not one for history, I wound up with this when I was passing through on my way from China to HCMC.

That was nearly four months ago. The fact that this book took me that long to read, that I didn't even decide I LIKED it until around page 400, says something about how much trouble this has put me to.

I'll take this quickly on two fronts:

Inspector Rebus: drinks
Great to read a Rebus book again. Stopped about five years ago, thought he was long killed off so was happy to find this 2006 one which kept me company on a long journey recently. Usual wit and sparkle, smooth flowing, that unique atmosphere of somewhat seedy characters in a somewhat seedy world: here, power at the most basic domestic level refracts power at the level of G8 politics. Unforgettable Rankin moment: the Mars bar and the two women, as usual so understated the fun may be missed.
Craig Pittman
Nearly every time I read one of Ian Rankin's novels, I think, "OK, this one is his best." Well, this one is going to be difficult for any of the others to beat, if only for its amazing scope.

Usually Rankin's Scottish detectives are plodding around their beats in Scotland, concerned primarily with their country's own past, present and future. But "The Naming of the Dead" takes place against a much larger backdrop, with a G8 summit that took place outside Edinburgh in July 2005. Protesters converg
In July 2005, Edinburgh was a buzz of activity as it readied itself for the G8 conference to be held there. The most powerful people in the world would be meeting to decide the fate of much of the world for the foreseeable future. Police officers from all over the country had been commandeered to provide security for the event. They came from as far away as London to make sure that nothing went wrong.

It seemed that the only nonessential policeman, the only one whose presence was not required to
Carl Brush
I hadn't picked up an Ian Rankin novel for some time. Just got kind of tired of him after an intense period some time back. However, if you're going to Edinburgh as we are soon, he's as good a guide in some ways as Rick Steves and a hell of a lot more entertaining. Thus, The Naming of the Dead.

The title, like much of the book, is multi-faceted. There are unidentified bodies. The book is set at a G-8 summit beset by protesters who hold a "naming of the dead" protest in honor of those killed in Ir
Reviewed in February 1, 2007 Library Journal. Slightly modified review:

In this fifteenth novel in the popular Inspector Rebus series, multiple award winner Rankin unfolds a solidly suspenseful mystery tale against the backdrop of the G8 Summit held in Scotland in summer 2005. The G8 gives Rankin reason to inject some wry political commentary into the mix, and it's not at all surprising that Rebus is cynical about politicians and celebrity do-gooders alike. Not only do we get to see several famil
One of the best Inspector Rebus books to date. In the beginning of the series, Rebus was almost too hard-core, too depressing. I thought he was on the edge of going down permenantly. However, with the added focus of DS Siobhan Clarke, the series has really taken off. Siobhan (pronounced Shiv-awn) adds another dimension as Rebus's partner. Rebus basically is on the edge ALL THE TIME. With Siobhan, he the lead of a cracker detective team. He's not your average hero. Really into his music, ciggies, ...more
Derek Baldwin
Only the second Rebus novel that I've read; the first was Knots And Crosses a few months ago which I thought was quite sloppy in places. This is the 16th in the series but having missed out all the intervening ones was no handicap to enjoying the novel, even if some of the back-story was lost on me. The style of writing has improved a great deal though there's still a few bits where the writing is underwhelming.

The contemporary setting with real-world events gives the novel more dramatic edge a
Ian Rankin's many books featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus are consistent in their same characters, setting, and personalities - the liability of a series - transformed by Rankin into a great asset. Stone by stone, story by story, he builds around the reader a claustrophobia of Scottish urban life, where police and criminal and victim are all well known to one another. While Rebus' superhero survival skills are sometimes over the top, I love the series for its characters and Rankin's marve ...more
Amanda Patterson
Rebus returns to solve a murder tainted with the backdrop of politics in Edinburgh, July 2005. Rebus and Siobhan Clarke fight the men who control the summit, wanting to hush up anything controversial. Add a serial killer to the mix and you have Rankin writing at his best.
Rankin is consistently rated Britain’s No 1 Bestselling Crime Writer. He has won 4 Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards and he has even won the American Edgar Award. He has numerous honourary degrees. The Rebus series has be
Yes, this could be the best yet in a series that’s always intelligent and thrilling. Rankin’s small and tough microcosm of Edinburgh, Scotland continues to expand—or, rather, the dual lenses of home-brewed crime and global-impacting-local get more intricate as the Rebus series continues. This time, it’s the G8 Summit hosted by Scotland in 2005 that provides the backdrop and many of the ideas for the mystery, as large-scale political spectacle, illicit arms and aid deals, police state tactics and ...more
i always enjoy the rebus books when i finally get down to reading them. they're usually hard to start though because rankin makes scotland seem such a dismal place and rebus and the central character, such a dour and generally unhappy man. in the end though, rankin always delivers with a good, complicated and satisfying story, as well as characters that seem real.

this book was a pleasant surprise because, though scotland was still a dismal place, rebus actually seemed a happier man with a joke o
GR8 murder mystery in midst of G8 Summit
There is a lot happening in “The Naming of the Dead” other than the murders Inspector John Rebus is investigating in and near Edinburgh, namely:
i) the G8 summit in Edinburgh in July 2005
ii) the Live8 concert also held in July 2005 in various locations including England’s Hyde Park featuring world-topping acts such as The Who and Pink Floyd who are both mentioned, and in Edinburgh on 6 July
iii) Make Poverty History, the largest demonstration in Scottish his
Another politically charged pickle for Rebus, and one that draws great strength from the triangle that's developing between him, Big Ger Cafferty, and Siobhan Clarke. I enjoy how Rankin plays with the idea of how a good rebellion can go south.
this penultimate Rebus story has a satisfying conclusion. one of the things that i like about Ian Rankin's writing is that everything isn't always wrapped up in a neat little package. there are messy bits, just like real life.

I've come to learn that Rankin is an author that does not disappoint. This one is part of the Rebus series and kept me going all the way through. The reader also used Scottish accepts for all the characters which was a nice bonus.
What a difference nine years makes. No change in world poverty of course, but we always knew there wouldn't be. We tried . . .

The title of this novel refers to reading from a list of those who have lost their lives in recent wars, Afghanistan and Iraq principally, which happened during the demonstrations that took place prior to the G8 summit held at Gleneagles. In the UK this practice has been outlawed under the Terrorism Act.

Whilst all the shenanigans of the summit was holding our attention, t
Good stuff, expands Siobhan's character a bit. Not quite as riveting as the stunning "Exit Music," but solid Rankin/Rebus and a nice interweaving of stories.
Bella Grewal
Den ingår i en serie om kriminalkommisarie John Rebus och hans kollega Siobhan Clarkes. Nedsupen äldre snut med yngre kvinnlig kollega. Yepp, vi har läst det förut. Men Rankin är en duktig deckarförfattare som dessutom tar upp aktuella samhällsproblem kombinerat med en spännande handling. Boken är den näst sista i en serie om 16 böcker. Jag har läst flera av dem och kommer att beta av fler. Inga problem att läsa dem i fel ordning, fallen avslutas i varje bok. I de dödas namn tas G8 länderna upp ...more
Michele Brenton
Rebus is well & truly feeling old in this one - scarily he is around my age and the book opens with the funeral of his younger brother Michael who has died of a stroke. The beginning has echoes back to the very first Rebus book Knots & Crosses which started with a graveyard scene as Rebus visited his father's burial place five years after losing him.

The backdrop to the action is the G8 Summit in Edinburgh in 2005 and includes some fun moments tying fictional Rebus in with real life event
Neill Smith
With the meeting of the G8 leaders in Edinburgh and the resulting demonstrations from various radical groups, the serial killings DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke are investigating involving recently released sex offenders are being ignored by the various levels of police and military involved in G8 security. As the leads suggest involvement of some of the politicians (both local and national), the local gangs, old time crime bosses, and even some of Rebus's colleagues the case offers daily t ...more
Jeremy Butterfield
What can I say? It's Rankin and it's Rebus. The plot line has more extraordinary twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, some slightly predictable, most less so. The range of locations was hugely varied, taking in several disparate Edinburgh locations (from Rebus's scruffy flat to the cocktail bar of the Balmoral) as well as Gleneagles, Auchterarder, and a few more besides.

But, as always, the pleasure is in the characters, who almost leap up three-dimensionally on the page, so that you
Pris robichaud

The Child Is Grown, The Dream is Gone.,Comfortably Numb, 27 May 2007

'Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.' Pink Floyd

My favorite nonconformist Detective Inspector Rebus infuriates everyone including his bosses. He is based in Edinburgh, and this is 2005 the week of the G8 summit

Ian Rankin was in Edinburg during the G8 and he conveys the atmosphere to perfection, f
Rankin is probably my favorite mystery writer. I've read all of his John Rebus novels and this is number 17 or 18. (Most series bore me before the end.) Rebus is a contemporary hard boiled detective—these days they are police, not PIs but he's suitably anti-establishment none the less. He drinks too much and smokes too much, has alienated his family, has few friends, lives for his job, takes every chance that presents itself and is, as a result, almost always insubordinate. So he doesn't advance ...more
The book opens with Detective Inspector John Rebus attending the funeral of his brother Michael, who has died suddenly from a stroke. The parents of Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke arrive in Edinburgh for the G8 summit at Gleneagles. Clarke had defied her parents by becoming a police officer and now wants to feel like a daughter.

Rebus is nearing retirement and left out of assignments until the apparent suicide of MP Ben Webster occurs at a high-level meeting in Edinburgh Castle. It emerges tha
Kept my interest with no boring plot.

Mmy neighbor gave this book to read. Unfortunately, he forgot to tell me that this book was part of a series and that it was best that I read the earlier novels by Ian Rankin. Still, I struggled through "The Naming of the Dead" and finished it six days later. If you are a fan of this author and have read the series you probably are thrilled with the character Detective Inspector John Rebus, but coming in cold with this character I found myself trying to compr
Mary Billinghurst
As always, Rankin has written a good mystery. There were many strong elements in this novel. I particularly liked that it tied in many historical events of 2005: London's Olympic bid; the G8 meeting in Scotland; and the London bombings that summer. I also enjoyed the further development of Siobhan's character into a mini-Rebus, so much like her mentor that she is destined to fall into the same traps that he does. However, I thought the plotting was a little too reminiscent of other books in the ...more
“We’re living in the age of the noose. Fear will be on the rise.”
"Faceless Killers", Henning Mankell

In the last two weeks I’ve read two mystery novels, which isn’t something I do terribly often. I’m not a particular fan of the genre and got into it more as a locational thing – I started reading Ian Rankin novels because of the Edinburgh setting. “The Naming of the Dead” isn’t Rankin at his best (my favs are “The Falls” and “A Question of Blood”) but it is enjoyable. I like the way Rankin uses cu
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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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Inspector Rebus (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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