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Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus #10)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,737 ratings  ·  142 reviews
When an author as successful as Rankin has been with his tough and idiomatic Scottish thrillers, a problem sets in after several books: how to keep the formula fresh.

Rankin has delivered a powerful series of books featuring his beleaguered Detective Inspector John Rebus, and while never less than gripping, a certain tiredness seemed to be setting in. Thankfully, Dead Soul

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Published (first published 1999)
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Mike Gabor
I haven't read a Rebus novel that I haven't enjoyed but this one is so far the best. Rebus is really multi-tasking in this one. He's outing a pedophile, looking for the son of an old flame, also trying to figure out what's going on with a recently released killer. But, this book is much more than Rebus trying to solve these crimes. We learn about Rebus' teen years, the girl that got away, the friend he felt that he let down. It really shows why Rebus is the way he is today. It also shows him won...more
Bill
It's been awhile since I read a Rebus mystery and it was a welcome return to his world. Gritty, interesting mystery peopled with an varied, excellent cast, headed by cynical, war weary Detective Inspector John Rebus of Edinburgh's crime squad. A variety of issues/ possible crimes featured in this story, but while there were twists and turns, the stories seemed believable. I enjoy Rebus very much; a character perfect in his imperfections, questioning whether being a police officer remains viable,...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
John Rebus is such a great character. I wish he wasn't such a tortured soul, but then he wouldn't be the same detective, I guess. Much is going on in this book, and you are not sure of how everything resolves until the end, if even then.
pierlapo  quimby
Mi ero lasciato invogliare dal commento di Ellroy: "il fondatore e il re incontrastato del noir scozzese" (che, in effetti, col senno di poi, lascia il tempo che trova).
Molto tempo dopo ho letto in un'intervista che l'unica ragione che spinge Ellroy a commentare i libri altrui è il fatto che viene pagato profumatamente per farlo.
Sara
Aug 13, 2014 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: most recently, Claude
Truly one of the very best Rebus books.
I remembered part-way through that I had read it several years ago, at a time when I was preoccupied and didn't give it my full attention. It needs that since the plot is complex, lots of characters, many locations in Edinburgh and the surrounding area to keep track of. But Rankin has done a fantastic job of fleshing all of them out so that, if you are attentive, it all makes perfect sense.
I did really want to SHAKE one of the characters - the poor newsman...more
Lori
Another enjoyable read in this excellent series. Detective John Rebus is one of the best characters in detective fiction today. Maddening and likable all at once, his many flaws only serve to make him one of the more believable serial characters. The plot in this one moves along at a great pace beginning with Rebus heartlessly and selfishly "outing" a paedophile trying to turn his life around. Rebus does try to redeem himself by trying to help the unfortunate individual in the end but never over...more
Dorothy
After recently visiting the Edinburgh of Isabel Dalhousie in "The Careful Use of Compliments", I decided to linger a while. I've always liked Edinburgh, but I felt that I wanted to see a different side of it than the all thought and little action world of Isabel. Well, John Rebus is just the chap for that! No one could accuse him of living in a world of little action. As for thought, Rebus thinks a lot and usually gets to the answer to his problems in the end, but he is also known to act hastily...more
Jeremy
Ever since I saw the BBC documentary charting Ian Rankin writing a novel I consider these tales in a different way. In that documentary Ian said that he sometimes gets to page 430 and realizes that there was some other person who "could have done it". No longer do I expect the tale to unravel in a planned way and that only adds to the enjoyment of Rankin's books. In this book one of Rebus's pals leaps to his death (or does he?)from an Edinburgh landmark at the same time that a time served pedoph...more
Peggy Bonnington
Dec 27, 2012 Peggy Bonnington rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peggy by: Judith Burke recommended Rankin in general, not this particular book
This is my first Ian Rankin mystery, and I have ended up enjoying it. I've been a fan of British crime fiction for a while, but admittedly women writers like Jacqueline Winspeare, Dorothy L Sayers and Louise Penny (OK, Canadian). I just happened to end up with a second hand copy of Dead Souls first, following a friend expert in the genre recommended Rankin - afterwards discovering that a few readers think this one doesn't meet his usual standards. I will have to try other earlier ones to compare...more
RJ
Strong entry in the Rebus series. A released pedophile becomes the target of Inspector Rebus, but things may not be as black and white as they seem. An old flame from Fife sees Rebus about her missing son who disappeared after clubbing in Edinburgh. To add to things a sadistic criminal is exported back from the U.S. to Scotland, and becomes a deadly nemesis to Rebus.

Fifth in the series that I've read (not in order) and here are some other things of note:

- Rebus' lady friend Dr. Patience is flesh...more
Diane Dickson
This was an even more tortured Inspector Rebus, indeed as the series has progressed I feel that I have watched him descend into a sort of hell largely of his own creation. He feels things deeply and in this one there are so many barbs coming at him from many angles that it is difficult to believe he is still left standing.

The book is very topical at the moment exploring as it does paedophilia amongst other transgressions and it is interesting that Mr Rankin says that he seeks to change Rebus' v...more
Jill Hutchinson
The Rebus story moves on and just gets darker with each book. These are not "feel good" stories and the continuing characters in the series have weaknesses and secrets and the ghosts of the past are haunting them all. In this entry,as in most of the Rebus books, there is a lot going on and none of it provides easy answers for Rebus and his mates. He is assigned to watch the comings and goings of a recently released and very clever serial killer who is also suspected in the murder of the niece of...more
Shirley Schwartz
I found this book's plot to be a bit loose and disjointed and it left some unanswered questions. It also had me questioning how we got to a particular point at times. But the Rebus character is still great. I like the way Rankin depicts his uncertainties and foibles. While we read of these we never lose sight of the fact that he is a very brilliant copper. I didn't much care for one of the villains in this book and I didn't like how that particular thread was left at the end of the book because...more
Ted
Almost gave this 5 stars. Still want to be able to give 1/2 stars. 4 1/2 for sure. My favourite Rebus so far. Ian Rankin just gets better with each story. The brilliance of a Rebus novel is the multiple cases all occuring at once. And just like Rebus, you don't know how or if they fit together. What I enjoyed even more about Dead Souls was the further developemnt of the character of Rebus himself with a lot more of his background revealed than in previous stories. An excellent story but if you'r...more
Cindy Barnett
Liked rest of series, not this one. It was read well by Ian Howard, that doesn't save it. Cannot recommend, so won't.
Manda
I enjoyed this book a lot, probably due to the many story strands that are weaved together. The book isn't an easy read - in part as I am not a non-Scottish person or familiar with Edinburgh, but also beacause there so many stories happening, all including so many people. I did enjoy the exercise of remembering what was happening in each tale, and guessing if there would be any overlap, and if so, where it may occur. Inspector Rebus is also an interesting character, I enjoyed being in his compan...more
PJ
Dead Souls is the umpteenth outing for Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, the big hearted (or is that enlarged hearted), romantic, cynical, booze addled, chain smoking outsider, who won't let a case slip away from him, though his personal relationships may.

Rankin sets his story in his semi-fictionalised but ultimately recognisable Edinburgh once more, and as ever, John Rebus' life is about to get very complicated.

I have an interest in crime fiction, though more the hardboiled wit of Dashiell Hammet...more
Jeanne
Edinburgh is a dangerous place with John Rebus around. It starts with a suicide - or is it murder - of a police friend of Rebus. Next, a convicted killer and suspected serial killer is released from prison in the US and returned to his home in Edinburgh. John and a few others are assigned to watch. A reporter decides he needs a good story and takes the killer to a quiet hotel to get his story. The killer is playing psychological games with everyone. He has something to finish. Next, John is call...more
Claude
The best Rebus I've read. It kept me reading and wanting to know, to the very end.
CynthiaA
It was ok. Kept my interest. A good beach or airplane mystery. Kinda dark though, but all Ian Rankin books are.
Mandy
Feb 21, 2012 Mandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
Sucked me straight back into Rebus' world. What a complex and compelling character - and how black is grey?
Ole Phillip
This is a must read for Rebus fans. It is far more complex in its plot and still manages to keep you at it without a hitch! For me this is one of the best Rebus novels I have read, and I am looking forward to whatever comes next on my reading list, as I still have a few to read or re-read (read quite a few translated to Danish). In a nutshell, this is one of those I might just pick up and read again in a few years time, it kept me awake at night when I should have been resting and preparing for...more
caty
While looking for another criminal, Rebus stumbles across a convicted pedophile and sets his sights on starting a new case. Meanwhile, a serial killer has just been release and expedited to Edinburgh and he wants to play some games.

OK, this was third time lucky getting into this book. A few years ago I got really into the Rebus books and flew through the first 9 and the novella and then hit a wall getting into this one. I’m glad I ended up taking a break and now I don’t know why I couldn’t get i

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Neil
When I saw this on my shelf as I was casting about for some light reading on a trip to London and Edinburgh, I knew it was the right pick. Rankin didn't disappoint. My reading of this series has been very incomplete, but I don't think it's that critical to read Rebus in order. Although I don't find Edinburgh nearly as grim of a place as this series might have you believe, I still had to appreciate the way in which Rankin captures the city. I went hiking on Arthur's Seat, where this novel begins...more
Bonnie
Dead Souls is a disturbing book in that it deals with the seamier side of Edinburg. A close friend and co-worker of John Rebus has committed suicide by jumping from the high crags above Arthur's Seat. As the story opens, John is tailing a known pedophile through the Edinburg Zoo when they both wind up in the water used for sea lions. Watson, John's superior, calls him in to discuss the fact that the pedophile has been given an apartment in one of the lesser housing areas known as Greenfield. Whe...more
Ian Mapp
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Rowland Bismark
Dead Souls offers both souls and bodies that are dead. As usual, there's a lot threatening to deaden John Rebus' soul, but he soldiers on; one of the more impressive aspects of this novel is how precariously he's balanced, always so near going over the edge. "I think something's gone bad inside you", an acquaintance diagnoses early on, and for much of the book Rebus himself isn't so sure that she's wrong.

A colleague isn't as lucky (or strong ?) as Rebus, literally going over an edge (a cliff, in...more
Joyce Lagow
#10 in the Inspector Rebus series.[return][return]The book opens with the seeming suicide of one of Rebus� young colleagues who is also a friend, and a chase by Rebus in the zoo after a convicted pedophile who has been newly released from prison. To complicate his life even further, a serial killer who has been released from an American prison on technicalities having to do with his trial, is being returned to his � home� in Edinburg; he is considered nearly certain to kill again, but there is n...more
Perry Whitford
A respected policeman on the rise named Jim Margolies seemingly commits suicide for no discernible reason, throwing himself off of Salisbury Crag on a rainy Edinburgh night. Not long after, Rebus spots a convicted paedophile back on the scene, a man who had once made a complaint about Margolies.
At the same time the nineteen year old son of an old school friend of Rebus goes missing during a night out, and worse still a Lothian native named Cary Oakes, serving fifteen years in an American jail fo...more
Francesco Galdieri
Un classico poliziesco, con il classico ispettore solitario, burbero ma che cattura all'istante la simpatia del lettore e il classico serial killer. Ma molto ben scritto. Rankin � scozzese e riesce a catapultare il lettore nelle piogge e nelle nebbie di Edinburgo, gi� affascinanti di loro, intrecciando la vicenda principale con diverse altre, tutte molto accattivanti e coinvolgenti. Il commissario Rebus non � infallibile, non � l'eroe senza macchia e senza paura, � invece carico dell'umanit� che...more
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AKA Jack Harvey.

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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