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The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus #16)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  6,196 Ratings  ·  334 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
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by Little, Brown & Company (first published 2006)
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Andrew Smith
In checking the records of my Rankin reads I noted that I hadn't listed this one as 'read'. As this site hosts my primary (well, only) list of the books I can recall reading I thought I'd better correct the oversight. Why? Well, it's not so I can plump up the number of books I can claim To have read by a single digit, but rather to stop me purchasing the same title again - something I've done on several occasions in the past! I normally spot the error sometime around chapter two - and yes, I can ...more
Sandra
Jun 25, 2015 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli-nordici, ebook
Il titolo del romanzo mi ha fatto venire in mente, per associazione di idee, “Sotto il vestito niente”, titolo di un film degli anni ’80 credo. “Dietro quel delitto niente”, direi. Non c’è tensione, non ci sono indagini da seguire, seppure il protagonista, John Rebus, sia ispettore della polizia di Edimburgo e debba indagare non su un solo delitto, bensì su quattro –che alla fine diventano cinque- delitti commessi a Edimburgo durante il G8 del 2005. Per oltre tre quarti del libro le indagini sui ...more
Gretchen
Jul 12, 2008 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Craig Pittman
Sep 08, 2014 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Abailart
Jul 12, 2009 Abailart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Anna
Nov 30, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Ένα πρόσφατο βιβλίο της σειράς για με τον επιθεωρητή Ρέμπους, το οποίο διαδραματίζεται παράλληλα με τα τη σύνοδο κορυφής G8 που έγινε το 2005 στη Σκωτία και το ίδιο καλοκαίρι, ενώ λίγο μετά έγινε η βομβιστική επίθεση στο μετρό του Λονδίνου - γεγονότα που εμφανίζονται στην υπόθεση.

Ο Ρέμπους με τη Σίβον είναι αντιμέτωποι με τη δολοφονία ενός μπράβου του Κάφερτι (ποιος άραγε θα ασχολούνταν σοβαρά με τη δολοφονία από ένα καθίκι και δεν θα ευχόταν κρυφά από μέσα του ότι καλά να πάθει;), η οποία σύντ
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LJ
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
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Lori
Jul 17, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Always excited to read another Rebus. Sad to think I am close to coming to the end of this fabulous series. John Rebus is one of my all-time favorite series detectives. I love his sense of humor, his "prickly-ness" and, most of all, his dedication to finding the truth at the expense of all else. His partner, Siobhan, is equally interesting; so much like Rebus in so many ways and yet absolutely appalled to see herself like him and yet unable to stop herself from going into that dark world Rebus i ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I absolutely enjoyed this book! Rebus is one of my favourite fictional characters and every book in this series is wonderful. Rebus and his sidekick Siobhan are working together on what appears to be a serial murder case. This is all happening in and around the 2005 G8 summit which was held in Scotland. There are lots of dignitaries and hangers-on all over the Scottish countryside for this week in July which provides Rebus and Siobhan with an unlimited number of suspects. What is most enjoyable ...more
Wendell
Apr 14, 2009 Wendell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
E.H.
Aug 07, 2007 E.H. rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Amanda Patterson
Aug 06, 2011 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christina
May 18, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably one of the best of the series I've read so far, on a very different scale from the usual. Most of the books have Rebus pissing off local gangsters and higher-ups in the Scottish police forces, rather than secret services, diplomats, etc. as he does in this one. This one was well-constructed and quite dark, as usual. If, like me, you don't know much about the summer of 2005 in Edinburgh, a quick trip to the Wikipedia page on the 2005 G8 will help you get some of the things that ...more
M. Dobson
I've been slowly working my way down the Ian Rankin book list. I read to dissect as an author, but I'm also hooked by this jaded, alcoholic, stuck in a rut aging detective in Scotland. It's as much fun to relive the historic events of the time as it is to read what the cagey old guy is up to these days. This was my first audiobook version and it was well done. Congrats to the narrator.

In Naming the Dead, Inspector Rebus examines his life and contemplates the end of a career. He's rolled through
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RJ
May 14, 2016 RJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-k, crime-fiction
Much has changed with Rebus over the last few installments; he's secondary baggage at a new cop shop, many of his former colleagues have dispersed, and his family life is non-existent. A funeral starts this book off on a sombre note.

The G8 summit of 2005 in Scotland is the backdrop here. Almost lost interest early on, who wants to read about the predictable rituals of such events, and what's with Det-Sgt. Siobhan Clarke sounding like a peacenik?

Yet this is a big book from Rankin, what seems pre
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Michael Martz
Sep 09, 2016 Michael Martz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Naming of the Dead is another competent mystery in the Rebus series by author Ian Rankin. In it, Rebus and his counterpart Siobhan investigate a series of murders around Edinburgh during the period surrounding the G8 summit. As usual, Rebus isn't one for following rules, direct orders, or much of anything else in his search to understand the connection between the victims and to identify the murderer(s). The circus that seems to accompany the summit complicates matters, as does Rebus' and Si ...more
Dorothy
Feb 24, 2011 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carl R.
Jul 16, 2013 Carl R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
Feb 13, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Derek Baldwin
Nov 23, 2012 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Jun 27, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Mark
Aug 03, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
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
Allen
Sep 15, 2008 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gesine
Apr 18, 2016 Gesine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Rebus novels in the series so far. I've now read 16 (in 18 months), making it my longest series ever. Scared to start the next one though. Gonna be emotional ...
Paula Dembeck
Aug 28, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixteenth installment in the Inspector Rebus Series.
The novel begins just before the opening of the G8 Summit at Gleneagles on the outskirts of Auchterarder in July 2005, heralding some of the most tumultuous weeks in Scottish history. Police and security personnel have been seconded from all over to handle the high level politicians, the rock stars, the peaceful activists and the rabble that are gathering simply to make trouble. Rebus is quickly feeling redundant. Even though everyo
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Ameya
Sep 04, 2014 Ameya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Steve
Ian Rankin's Rebus novels are books I have to re-read on a regular basis. Rebus is burned out, compassionate, perpetually on the edge of being canned, loves rock and roll, and is one of the most fascinating characters in whatever the heck you want to call this genre (police procedural? thriller? mysteries?). I am always looking forward to the next book. This one contains a cynical albeit colorful view of international politics, too. Recommended.
Jessica
Sep 09, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, scotland
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.
Naomi V
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.

Jim
Oct 12, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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