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The Naming of the Dead

(Inspector Rebus #16)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,073 ratings  ·  420 reviews
The sixteenth Inspector Rebus novel from 'Britain's No.1 crime writer' DAILY MIRROR.

A murder has been committed - but as the victim was a rapist, recently released from prison, no one is too concerned about the crime. That is, until Detective Inspector John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke uncover evidence that a serial killer is on the loose ...

When Rebus also starts looking i
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2006)
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Andrew Smith
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebus is back again against a drapery of the G8 summit in Scotland. There is a dead MP, was he pushed or did he commit suicide? There are some vigilantes who are getting their own justice ... and there is always Cafferty our favourite gangster/ businessman

This time we are on the grounds and not much in the underbelly of the city. Rankin waved a tale with factual events happening in the background. The protests... the various parties that are against every G8 summit. The Live Aid concert.

Very g
Oct 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
I own both the hardcover and an uncorrected proof copy of this book.
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Ρε με τον Σκωτσέζο συριζαίο που μπλέξαμε...
Αν θέλεις να πολιτικολογήσεις καν' το. Αλλά εγώ δεν μπορώ να δεχτώ 590 σελίδες πολιτικής φλυαρίας για διεφθαρμένους πολιτικούς/Αρχηγούς μυστικών υπηρεσιών, κακούς επιχειρηματίες που πουλάνε όπλα και λαδώνουν κυβερνήσεις (ΚΑΙ την αντιπολίτευση), Άγγλους ματατζήδες που δέρνουν αθώες πολίτες (χμμ...ήταν αυτοί τελικά;) μεταξύ αυτών και τη αριστερή μητέρα της συνεργάτιδας του Ρέμπους που έγινε Αστυνομικός για να πάει κόντρα στους χίπηδες γονείς της (ΠΩΣ ΤΟ Σ
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ιούλιος 2005. Η συνάντηση των G8 πλησιάζει και ολόκληρο το Εδιμβούργο βρίσκεται σε επιφυλακή. Διαδηλωτές καταφθάνουν από παντού πλημμυρίζοντας την πόλη η οποία εχει δεχθεί αστυνομικές ενισχύσεις. Κι ενώ η προσοχή όλων είναι στραμμένη στην G8, νέα στοιχεία για τη δολοφονία ενός πρώην κατάδικου έρχονται στην επιφάνεια. Ο επιθεωρητής Ρέμπους και η αρχιφύλακας Κλαρκ παίρνουν την εντολή να βάλλουν την υπόθεση στον πάγο. Η πτώση ενός νεαρού πολιτικού από τα τείχη του κάστρου του Εδιμβούργου στη διάρκε ...more
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
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Craig Pittman
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Adrian White
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting use of current affairs, especially the coincidence of the G8 in Gleneagles with the 7/7 bombings in London, and how the media were more obsessed with the granting of the London Olympics than with society crumbling in a distant part of the UK - distant in their minds in miles and relevance.
But as a crime novel that mixed political intrigue and the criminal underworld's power struggle, I thought it was okay but not deserving of the fawning over-the-top praise from the very people Ranki
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
Ade Bailey
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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
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
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shirley Schwartz
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
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
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Marika Oksa
Ian Rankinin Rebus-dekkarisarja on kokonaisuutena tosi hieno ja eräs suosikkejani, mutta Kuolleiden nimeen ei mielestäni ollut sen parasta antia. Siobhan Clarke alkaa tässä kirjassa muistuttaa Rebusta omapäisyydessään enkä oikein innostunut tästä. Vakiorosvo-Gafferty alkaa olla jo aika kulunut hahmo, ja nyt hän vaikuttaa saavan myös Siobhanin koukkuunsa. Eli Gafferty on ja pysyy sarjassa? Edinburghin roistomaailmaan voisi jo kehitellä uusia kujeita. Juoni rullasi silti hyvin loppuun asti, tosin ...more
Anne Fenn
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rebus
One of the best because it reflects the politics and history of a momentous week in the UK - the G8 protests in Scotland and the underground bombing in London, all in the first week of July 2005. The Make Poverty History Peace March had a big effect in Edinburgh and obviously on Ian Rankin. He has Siobhan personally involved with it, while Rebus is fighting to keep a murder enquiry going in the face of international pressure to make things seem safe. It's set towards the end of his career, and t ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the Rebus story. I never saw the ending coming - never figured out the "whodunit." Plus Rankin is laying the groundwork for Siobhan Clarke to become more and more her own person, and less of Rebus' apprentice. It's nice character development.
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.
Nick Jones
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this while in Edinburgh, staying in a flat across the street from the Oxford Bar, which plays a significant role in this, as in other Rebus novels. How immediate could you get?
Ng M.Phuong
Sep 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bản dịch thực sự không thể chấp nhận nổi. Không khác gì google dịch bản edit “nhẹ”.
Tôi cũng không thích nội dung cuốn sách luôn, dài dòng, các sự kiện rời rạc, có thể một phần do dịch quá kinh khủng nên đọc cũng thấy mệt nữa.
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Φοβερή πλοκή. Αγωνία μέχρι το τέλος.
Charlene Roberson
On the advice of a fellow book-lover, I decided to read an Inspector Rebus book, and this was the first in the series I could easily obtain. I loved it! Having never read others in this series, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I was not lost by not previously meeting the main characters.

Rebus's brother has just died suddenly of an apparent stroke, so we first find him at the funeral. He had not remained very close with his brother, but they had been very tight growing up and his mem
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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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