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The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus #16)

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July 2005, and the entire globe is watching Scotland.

The assorted leaders of the G8 countries have gathered in the capital and with daily marches, demonstrations and scuffles on the streets, the police are stretched to the linit. But one detective is still deemed surplus to requirements. DI John Rebus has been sidelined for fear of embarrassing his superiors at this most c
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Paperback, 421 pages
Published 2006 by Orion Books
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Andrew Smith
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2015 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
Laure
I gave this book 5 stars as I think this series and this instalment in particular stand well above the other modern 'detective stories'. I don't think you could get more for your money: a complex case, complex characters, great setting all distilled with great aplomb and charm by the writer.
Gretchen
Jun 26, 2008 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
Jul 27, 2014 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 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
Oct 22, 2015 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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Kathy
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What was G8 is coming up in a month, the G7 meeting that will include whoever is voted in as France's man (or woman). I thought this Rebus book a good choice since the G8 did meet in Edinburgh 2005 and there were London bombings as described in this book. This is a long one and has a lot going on besides the demonstrations, rioting, global agreements and the possibility of a serial killer loose in Scotland. Both Siobhan and Rebus manage to get suspended during their investigations and Siobhan do ...more
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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Wendell
Apr 14, 2009 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
Alex
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, rebus
Side note: Rebus is back in my orbit after a five month break! Damn you, Stephen King!

A week in the life of Rebus and Siobhan. Something that sticks out in this one is that everyone calls Siobhan "Shiv", when it is well established that she hates being called that. But outside of that, The Naming of the Dead is a solid entry in the Rebus canon, even if it has one character speak the title of the book in the closing paragraphs.

What Rankin has done across the series is make Siobhan almost Rebus' e
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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
E.H.
Jun 20, 2007 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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Lori
Aug 03, 2013 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
Amanda Patterson
Jul 31, 2011 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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Sharon
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Enjoyed this, but felt it was drawn out a bit. Liked the context surrounding the G8 etc and the questions surrounding power and control. Liked seeing Siobhan's character developing through this book. Her and Rebus' relationship is really interesting, as although they mostly seem to be a really tight wee team, they don't always put their trust in each other. Also quite liked the open-endedness of the conclusion.
Carl R.
Jul 16, 2013 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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Dorothy
May 21, 2010 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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Christina
May 13, 2015 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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Amy
Feb 11, 2009 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
Oct 31, 2012 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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Michael Martz
Aug 27, 2016 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
Sarah
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 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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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
Feb 03, 2012 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.
Miriam Smith
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this as much as all the previous Rebus novels. Too political and not enough Rebus. Even considered giving up on it but kept going and it was an interesting read but I was very disappointed. Nothing compared to the earlier Rebus books in my opinion.
Jim
Sep 15, 2011 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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