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The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin
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Jul 07, 07

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Recommended for: any contemporary mystery fan
Read in June, 2007

Ian Rankin takes a hiatus/closes his Rebus series in The Naming of the Dead. Set amidst the G8 summit at Glen Eagles a few years back, Rebus is on the outskirts, facing retirement and watching nearly everyone turn their back on him ... with the possible exception of Shiobhan, who rightly comes into her own in this book. Rankin is a master of setting and character. Edinburgh, Glen Eagles, and the "Clootie Well" seethe with life, and Rebus, Shiobhan and the rest of the cast are the aging, flawed, bruised bunch that just won't give up. I have a hard time recalling any other group of characters that have remained with me long after the book is finished.
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