The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus #16)
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...more
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...more
this book was a pleasant surprise because, though scotland was still a dismal place, rebus actually seemed a happier man with a joke o...more
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...more
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...more
For those that don't know Rankin's main character, Rebus is an alcoholic Scotish detective with an attitude problem and an instinctive need to cross the lines in the sand that his superiors place before him (which makes him sound a lot like other modern detective thriller c...more
The back drop to this detailed and cleverly-plotted story is a series of massive public demonstrations against G8 policy. Rankin places sympathetic characters on both sides of the poli...more
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...more
Critics fear that The Naming of the Dead, Ian Rankin's 16th Inspector Rebus novel, may be the last we see of Rebus. After all, he's aged in real time and, now 60, probably deserves to retire. Set against the violent but fascinating G8 summit meeting in Edinburgh, the police procedural continues to unearth Rebus's psyche while exploring political themes and issues of power and personal responsibility. Because of its crossover appeal, compelling subplots, and moral complexity, many reviewers cite...more
This is a particularly good book in the Rebus series. Rebus and Siobhan Clarke find themselves investigating an apparent serial killer and a dead junior government minister in the week of the 2005 G8 summit and the 7/7 bomb attacks in London; very often when mystery writers try to fold real life events into their novels they fail, but this works brilliantly, as Rankin takes us to meet well-meaning protestors, dodgy defence contractors, obstructive special...more
The contemporary setting with real-world events gives the novel more dramatic edge a...more
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...more
I also liked the personal foibles and flaws of Rebus and Siobhan; makes me want to go back and read the series in order.
This book covered actual July 2005 events in Scotland:
-G8 world leaders summit at Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder
-Live 8 (Live Aid 20th anniversary) benefit concerts for Make Poverty History
-demonstration and protest march in Edinburgh, for Make Poverty History
-bombings in London
as well as the fictional crime cases solved by Rebus and Detective Sergeant...more
"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...more
It seemed that the only nonessential policeman, the only one whose presence was not required to...more
It is July 2005, the G8 is coming to Gleneagles, and seemingly all the protesters in the western world are converging on Scotland. R...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