Resurrection Men (Inspector Rebus, #13)
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Resurrection Men (Inspector Rebus #13)

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Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time, so badly that he is sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. While there among the last-chancers known as "resurrection men," he joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates. But the group has been assigned an unsolved murder that may have resulted from Rebus's o...more
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Published May 29th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2001)
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James Thane
Scottish Inspector John Rebus has always had a problem with authority, but he gets particularly exorcised one morning and hurls a cup of tea at his supervisor. For this, he is assigned to a stint at Tulliallan, a police academy where problem officers are sent for retraining and to see if their careers can be resurrected.

The approach is to take an old case and assign it to the "resurrection men" working under the close supervision of an instructor who will teach them the teamwork necessary to goo...more
Moira Russell
Sadly disappointing....somehow, this book never lived up to its brilliant premise: Rebus, a walking nightmare of an employee, throws a mug of tea at his female boss and ex-lover and gets sent to a combination boot camp for recruits/rehab center for cops on their last chance. But really he's there undercover, trying to secretly investigate a ring of dirty cops....without revealing his own secrets about a cold case they've been assigned by surprise. Or is his boss trying to get rid of Rebus once a...more
It is practically impossible to write a review of one of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels without using the word ‘gritty’, so I may as well just get it over with. For anybody who has not met him before, Inspector Rebus is the classic bad boy of the Scottish police, a hard drinking maverick guaranteed to annoy his boss and get his man (or woman). The difference is that Ian Rankin does it so well and Resurrection Men is one of the best of the series.

Appropriately number thirteen of the series,...more
Excellent book, my first book read by this author and I really loved it, specially with the musical background BBC chose for it.
Genevieve Andrews
Good Scottish mystery, makees you really want to go to the pub
I have read other books in this series and really enjoyed them. This one for me was much less enjoyable than the others because it had so many characters that it was difficult to keep them all straight (it even had a 3 page list at the start of the book explaining who all the main characters were!). It also had more than one case that was being solved at a time in multiple police stations all with different staff. All this coupled with the fact that the book was so long (almost 450 pages) made i...more
This the 13th in the addictive John Rebus series featuring the addicted cop who has become a favorite read for many. The book won an Edgar as best mystery in 2004 and I can’t really say why I hadn’t read it before this.

When he’s not boozing or smoking, Rebus is generally up to his neck in trouble. This novel is no exception. It begins with the detective throwing a tea mug at his supervisor, which gets him sent to Tulliallan, the Scottish police college, for retraining. We soon discover he has be...more
This is the second book featuring Rebus I've ever read, and last time, I was a bit underwhelmed. The ending was too neat, and it was just a little bit unsatisfying. The second time round, I've had a bit of a chance to get to know Rebus, and Siobhan, and the recurring supporting cast, and I have to say I think Rankin is one of my new favourites. It was brilliant. I can see why this won awards - it's a very good story, very well told, with marvellous characters.

It was just really satisfying. And a...more
David Kintore
In Resurrection Men, the lugubrious Rebus is back in the thick of convoluted, murky goings-on within the less than squeaky clean world of the Scottish police. Rebus has been sent on a kind of remedial course for insubordinate officers, the aim of which is to turn them into team players rather than the loose cannons they have demonstrated themselves to be. A laughably naïve intention, of course.

Whereas Rebus is basically one of the good guys despite his jaded and cynical demeanour, three of the...more
Luffy Monkey D.
When nearing the end of this book, I didn't realize that there would be a series of very short, action packed chapters. I'm beginning to find out that Ian Rankin tries to flavor his formula differently. The author likes to discuss about pubs, the weather, cigarettes, music (there's a mention of some movie but only once). If Rebus hadn't been a DI, he would have been amazed at all the action taking place in his life. Since he solves cases for a living, such events don't seem out of place. Goes w...more
Craig Pittman
When I first picked up this particular outing by Ian Rankin, I was surprised at its heft and checked the length -- more than 500 pages. Did I want to spend that much time with his grumbling, disreputable Inspector Rebus? Well, as it turns out, it's time well spent. This book begins with a bang, drags a bit toward the middle and then, around page 400, becomes un-put-downable (if that's not a word, it should be).

The bang at the beginning explains how Rebus wound up on a sort of probation, headed...more
Way too complicated. The novel staggers from place to place like Rebus after a long night at the Ox. A rare example of the TV adaptation being better.

That said it's Ian Rankin, which means it's still a hell of a lot better than most.
Neill Smith
John Rebus's reputation has either placed him as an undercover agent investigating allegations of criminal behavior of other police officers or is exposing his own actions in an earlier case that might result in his expulsion from the force - he has no way of determining which is the case except to attend a remedial session designed to resurrect officers who have not demonstrated the ability to play well with others. The remedial training he is attending is for the at-risk officers to research a...more
Another good Rebus tale, this time about police corruption, with a twist in the last chapters. D.I. Rebus and D.S. Clarke are very likeable characters.
Chuck Slack
Another in a line of great books in this series! Reading Rebus is like catching up with an old friend. I can't wait till the next time.
Another solid outing for everyone's favourite slightly rumpled, dissolute & clever DI. Rebus is sent back to the academy for retraining. It's the last stop on the career ladder for officers who have attitude problems or don't play well with others. Normally, he'd fit right in but this time he's a plant. Several of his classmates are suspected of helping themselves to the spoils of a drug war but the higher-ups have never been able to find the evidence they need. Many have long suspected Rebu...more
i can't imagine giving a Rebus book less than three stars; they all have a great foundation in character and setting. But this drags on way too long, the central crime isn't terribly compelling (murdered art dealer with zero personality), the secondary crime is a maguffin. Great Siobhan Clarke sidestory, and it's nice to have Rebus so unsure of his footing as he tries to figure out if he's the hunter or the hunted, but it's too long, the pace is off a bit. Not bad at all, just noticeably inferio...more
Rebus' anger finally gets him in trouble. Well, more than it usually does. The brutal murder of an art dealer has just occurred when Rebus loses his temper during a meeting with DCS Gill Templer and throws a cup of coffee at her. His punishment is to undergo "retraining" at a remote Scottish College where he meets others who apparently need help controlling their actions.

They are called Resurrection Men because they have been given one last chance to redeem themselves. The reader thinks that th...more
Ian Mapp
13th in a series and an excellent read. It must be a bit frustrating for the author though. He is in the groove and keeps knocking out relatively complex tales of a drunken anti hero with edinburgh as the back drop and the constant ability to keep name checking places and whiskies.

Not that this is a major problem,

This one starts at the deep end and we see rebus thrown off a case of a murdered art dealer for throwing a mug of tea at DI Templer.

This, it turns out after some time, is a rouse to get...more
Angus Mcfarlane
The conclusion to this left me wondering.... Rebus finds a solitary place, accepts his lot in life, wipes his hands and gets back on with life. Siobhan finds a listening female ear, begins to offload her burdens but decides eating chocolate is the better way to deal with the stress. A wry observation about the sexes perhaps?

These books have become a favourite companion for me at work (minerals processing research). There seems to be something familar about Rebus dogged investigation of fleeting...more
The rebellious bad boy of Lothian and Borders Police has finally gone too far. In a staff meeting, John Rebus' frustration with the current murder investigation boiled over and he hurled a mug at his boss' head. That was too much even for his long-suffering superiors and so, for his sins, he has been sentenced to return to police college for retraining on how to work as a team member. The other members of his training class are similar "bad boys".

Now, long-time readers of the Rebus saga will imm...more
Kathleen Hagen
Resurrection Men, by Ian Rankin. A.
This is more of a thriller than some of Rankin’s books are. In this book, John Rhebus loses it in a meeting of police officers and throws a mug of tea at the lieutenant in charge, Jill Templar. For this, and for other reasons, he is shipped off to a place where policemen are sent for training, for re-training, or for rehabilitation, to give them a last chance to shape up. They are expected to work as a team, something that the men who are sent there for rehabil...more
Shirley Schwartz
This book is definitely a winner. Classic John Rebus, and an excellent book in this wonderful series. This is book number 13 in the series, but it is also a good book for anyone to begin with if they want to sample this series. But I must warn those new dabblers, that this series is seriously addictive. Rebus is always in trouble with the higher-ups so it's not a surprise to find him sent to a retraining group to learn how to be a team player. And it's not a surprise to find out that he got hims...more
Catherine Thompson
Rebus is sent to Tuliallan, the police academy, ostensibly for re-training after hurling a mug of tea across the room at his commanding officer. His group consists of a number of last-chancers, in that this is the last chance they'll have to shape up before they're shipped out... of the force. But there's more in play than meets the eye, because at least one of these men is a bent copper... one who's willing to commit murder to keep his secrets buried.

Back at St. Leonard's, newly promoted Detect...more
I've made a pact with the Devil, he thought as his hands gripped the edge of the breakfast table. Resurrection would only come to those that deserved it; Rebus knew he was not among them. He could find a church and pray all he liked, or offer up his confession to Strathern. Neither would make a jot of difference. This was how the jobs get done: with a tainted conscience, guilty deals, and complicity. With grubby motives and a spirit grown corrupt. His steps were so shallow as he walked towards t...more

It is difficult to pick one Rebus novel over other; all of them are above notch. But some are cut above the rest and Resurrection Men definitely sits near the top of Rebus pile. It is not just plot which is complicated enough with four cases. What make Resurrection Men different are its characters. All of them richly drawn in different shades of grey, Rebus included.

Rebus is in punishment; his offence – throwing a tea cup at his boss. He is taken off Marber...more
Diane Dickson
I enjoyed this. I know that it was one of his prize winning novels and I can understand that. It was an interesting plot with complicated characters who were lovable, hateful or deserving of sympathy. There were a number of old friends and some new ones and of course new villains. A suitable number of people were dispatched and the ending was tense as I have come to expect. I don't know why I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I did The Falls and that isn't to say that I didn't find it enthralling...more
This absorbing entry in Ian Rankin's series of Rebus detective novels rings true on every level. After biffing a mug of tea at his chief, DCS Gill Templar, John Rebus has been sent to the Tulliallan Police College for some remedial instruction in teamwork. At Tulliallan he is teamed with a group of officers of similar rank and experience who have also committed various infractions or lost the knack of playing nice with others. Early on, however, we learn that Rebus is actually working undercover...more
Mar 12, 2008 Rasmus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime and mystery fans.
Awesome book! The only reason, I don't give 5/5 is because the plot is so complicated, that it's hard keeping track of everyone involved. There is a who's who at the beginning of the book, but I refuse to use those things — I believe that if a book needs an index of characters, it's probably too complex. In this case it wasn't so bad, and I was never tempted to look anyone up. And it certainly didn't affect the positives.

DI John Rebus has to be one of the baddest bad-asses in contemporary crime...more
Nicholas Whyte
A particularly good novel in the Rebus series, and the only Rankin book to have won the Edgar Award. Rebus is put onto a training course as punishment for throwing a cup of tea at his boss, and the dead case resurrected for him and his fellow retrainees turns out to be intimately connected both with the case he has just been taken off, and with the real reason for his throwing the tea. A very intricate plot which actually made sense at the end (which is violent and shocking), with a detailed bac...more
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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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