Exit Music (Inspector Rebus #17)
Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand it...more
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
Denial. A Parcel of Rogues
Anyway here we have Rebus battling against his arch enemy McCafferty at a time when Litvienko is in hospital in London and Russian Envoys are scattered around the various staterooms of Edinburgh hotels.
3* - Knots and Crosses (1987)
4* - Tooth and Nail (1991)
3* - Hide and Seek (1991)
3* - Strip Jack (1992)
4* - A...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
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
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
- the conflict between Rebus and Authority (usually political leaders, police bosses or the rich)
- that Rebus doesn't tire of naming the dead (remembering the victims)
- because of their franknes in dealing with an age of hedonism and moral equivocation.
The books present groups of people who want the truth brought to light: Rebus a...more
Like most literary policemen these days, Rebus has a bit of an attitude problem (which has affected his promotion prospects), but most people like him because he has the guts to speak the sort of "truth to pow...more
So I reach the last of the Rebus novels, which starts a few days before our hero is due to retire, with a dissident Russian poet found battered to death late one Edinburgh night in November 2006, followed soon after by the murder of his sound engineer friend. Rebus's impending retirement echoes the impending end to the hegemony of the Scottish Labour Party, with the SNP and possible independence looming in the wings, and the investigation takes him to inve...more
Rankin has wide interests. His analysis of Scottish politics is as enlightening as anything a broadsheet journalist wo...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
This is the book that sees Rebus's ex...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
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
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
It's the full on Celtic Tiger boom - a group of Russian oligarchs is in town to negotiate major real estate deals with the cooperation of Scottish politicians and bankers. Is there a connection?
Rebus catches the case, fully aware tha...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 plot is involved, but most of its convolutions are in the ‘red herring’ category and not more interesting for that. The inspector himself has a problem with authority – far from origin...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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has be...more