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Dead Souls

(Inspector Rebus #10)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,188 ratings  ·  364 reviews
Weary, wary, hard-drinking Detective John Rebus returns. As complex and unpredictable as the brooding mists that envelop his Edinburgh beat, Rebus is ever resourceful and determined-but this time, vulnerable and challenged as never before, with complications in his personal life, and events that shake him to the depths of his being... A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A m ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2001 by Orion (first published 1999)
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Dorothy I have read many of this series but not in order. It is nice to have the back story made clear but each novel can stand alone and I read them when I c…moreI have read many of this series but not in order. It is nice to have the back story made clear but each novel can stand alone and I read them when I can get them from the library in no particular order.(less)
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R7835 My take on it was that Damon survived but was in hiding from embarrassment. However, he may have drowned and Janice believing it was him at the cash m…moreMy take on it was that Damon survived but was in hiding from embarrassment. However, he may have drowned and Janice believing it was him at the cash machine was just to show how strongly she wanted to believe that he was still alive.(less)

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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, dark
Great solid Rebus crime, 10th in the series. Just spent some time after midnight finishing this book. And it's my 50th book, closing my challenge, thank you Rebus :-)
Great, dark & brooding crime series, set in the beautiful as well bleak Edinburgh surroundings.... full of character. Inspector Rebus remains to be a troubled soul but also a driven fighter against injustice and crime. I've said it before, will say it again, I love my Rebus. Going to sleep now :-).... And must revisit Edinburgh soon
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2021
Another great book featuring the so very entertaining John Rebus. I find I am not reading this long series in any particular order but it does not really seem to matter.

Dead Souls is a long book but the pages turned themselves and I was reluctant to stop reading at any point. Rebus is up to his usual behaviour, so determined to catch his criminal that he frequently comes very close to unprofessional behaviour. I am sure that in the real world he would have been sacked by now!

I enjoyed the insigh
Terence M
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - 14:45 hours - Narrator: Joe Dunlop
4.0 of 5.0 stars
An excellent "Inspector John Rebus" novel by Ian Rankin.
Despite the novels being set in totally different countries, for me it is quite easy to view John Rebus in much the same light as Michael Connelly's "Harry Bosch". They are both rather dour characters with strong codes of ethics and morals, yet both are prepared to bend the rules to achieve just or at least satisfactory, outcomes. Their immediate superiors tend to let Rebus and B
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ian-rankin
A great story. Rebus is once again drinking and smoking his way through a case. This one involves a psychopath recently returned from America. Carey is a murderer who likes to play mind games. There is also the mysterious suicide of a policeman jumping from Salisbury Crags at Arthurs Seat.

Darren Rough a recently released pedophile is also on Rebus’s radar after a chase at Edinburgh Zoo. He is also reliving his past after an old girlfriend asks him to investigate her missing son Damon’s disappea
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is my first Rankin book.

I was surprised and touched to read in the intro that the title is a reference to a Joy Division song - I had assumed that it referred in some way to Gogol.

Rebus is a hard bitten, drink sozzled, chain smoking detective with a history and a rebellious streak. Sounds familiar already - is that you Harry Hole?

The book comprises three interlocked and parallel stories. The nineteen year old son of Rebus' old flame goes missing, a psycho killer comes home to Edinburgh fro
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, #10) by Ian Rankin.

Dead Souls is divided into two parts: Lost and Found.
Darren Rough, a convicted pedophile,has been let out of prison and now resides in an apartment with a clear view of a playground. Rebus, while following Rough, observes him taking pictures of the animals or is the children at a zoo. Rebus has strong suspicions that won't let him rest.

Barney & Janice Mee need a favor from Rebus-a huge favor indeed. Their son has gone missing...a mispers. They wer
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

As a high school teacher, there were many times a student's behavior would become crystal clear after meeting his parents. I'd run into problems with work ethic or attitude or whatever, and I'd think, "What's the deal with this kid?" Then I'd meet Mom and/or Dad in a parent conference and immediately realize, "Oh, of course that's why he [fill in the blank]." It would be some sort of weird mirror image, where son's classroom surliness was reflected in Dad's obvious displeasure at comin
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After recently visiting the Edinburgh of Isabel Dalhousie in "The Careful Use of Compliments", I decided to linger a while. I've always liked Edinburgh, but I felt that I wanted to see a different side of it than the all thought and little action world of Isabel. Well, John Rebus is just the chap for that! No one could accuse him of living in a world of little action. As for thought, Rebus thinks a lot and usually gets to the answer to his problems in the end, but he is also known to act hastily ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tenth book in the Rebus series picks up from the end of the previous book.

Rebus is faced with a moral dilemma of dealing with a freed pedophile

And at the same time he is trying to keep an eye on a serial killer that returned to town

And a son of a friend of his is missing

Three cases for rebus to play with and takes us on a your of Edinbrughs underbelly

And loving all at once
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been awhile since I read a Rebus mystery and it was a welcome return to his world. Gritty, interesting mystery peopled with an varied, excellent cast, headed by cynical, war weary Detective Inspector John Rebus of Edinburgh's crime squad. A variety of issues/ possible crimes featured in this story, but while there were twists and turns, the stories seemed believable. I enjoy Rebus very much; a character perfect in his imperfections, questioning whether being a police officer remains viable, ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 10th novel in the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin.
Another excellent novel that further developes the character of Rebus and keeps these books fresh and interesting.
Oct 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This Orion Hardcover is signed by Ian Rankin.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, audio-2018
A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts-and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing it's himself he's really try ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this book's plot to be a bit loose and disjointed and it left some unanswered questions. It also had me questioning how we got to a particular point at times. But the Rebus character is still great. I like the way Rankin depicts his uncertainties and foibles. While we read of these we never lose sight of the fact that he is a very brilliant copper. I didn't much care for one of the villains in this book and I didn't like how that particular thread was left at the end of the book because ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I enjoyed this book a lot, probably due to the many story strands that are weaved together. The book isn't an easy read - in part as I am not a non-Scottish person or familiar with Edinburgh, but also beacause there so many stories happening, all including so many people. I did enjoy the exercise of remembering what was happening in each tale, and guessing if there would be any overlap, and if so, where it may occur. Inspector Rebus is also an interesting character, I enjoyed being in his compan ...more
Dead Souls - VG
Ian Rankin - 10th in series
Stalking the streets of Edinburgh on the trail of a poisoner, Rebus hits upon a freed paedophile and his subsequent outing of the man leaves him with very mixed feelings. But another problem develops for Rebus: a convicted murderer has him in his sights for some lethal games. And the tabloid press lionising of Rebus won't help him in this situation.

3 cases which tie together, very well done
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, audio, 1990s
When I was reading more Ian Rankin, I suggested him to my father, who got about halfway through one book and said he had to stop before the grim pessimism led him to jump off a bridge. Well, it's not a series with a sunny outlook, by any means, and Inspector Rebus is not an altogether sympathetic central character. This is a well-crafted thriller with three parallel lines of plotting, a bit dated by some of the hot-button social issues of the late nineties. 3 1/2 stars rounded up. ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
John Rebus is such a great character. I wish he wasn't such a tortured soul, but then he wouldn't be the same detective, I guess. Much is going on in this book, and you are not sure of how everything resolves until the end, if even then. ...more
Mara Pemberton
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book. Okay the narrator wasn't James McPherson, but he was okay. ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rebus has multiple cases in this one. This shows how police work actually is more than one case at a time and it was fascinating. He is self effacing and self doubting as a detective.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
For the best part of an hour, Rebus had been trying to blink away a hangover, which was about as much exercise as he could sustain. He'd planted himself on benches and against walls, wiping his brow even though Edinburgh's early spring was a blood relative of midwinter. His shirt was damp against his back, uncomfortably tight every time he rose to his feet.

This might actually be the high point for Rebus in this nove
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peggy by: Judith Burke recommended Rankin in general, not this particular book
This is my first Ian Rankin mystery, and I have ended up enjoying it. I've been a fan of British crime fiction for a while, but admittedly women writers like Jacqueline Winspeare, Dorothy L Sayers and Louise Penny (OK, Canadian). I just happened to end up with a second hand copy of Dead Souls first, following a friend expert in the genre recommended Rankin - afterwards discovering that a few readers think this one doesn't meet his usual standards. I will have to try other earlier ones to compare ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dead Souls was written in 1999 and depicts a John Rebus who is increasingly feeling dead inside and wondering if he should continue as a police officer. In the beginning of the book he is part of a stakeout of the Edinburgh zoo trying to find the person who is poisoning the animals. When he sees a known pedophile taking photos, he gives chase and, while he is going after the pedophile, the poisoner almost is able to do the deed yet again.

Darren Rouse, the pedophile, claims that he is taking a p
Aman Mittal
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is my fifteenth John Rebus novel, and before starting this book I had a question in my mind. When an author as successful as Rankin has been with his tough and idiomatic Scottish thrillers, a problem sets in after several books: how to keep the formula fresh?

One thing is that, after reading a John Rebus' book, I have an anguished feeling of visiting Edinburgh, see all those places describe the author with my own eyes. The series is set in Edinburgh and Rankin displays an unnerving knowledge
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-k, crime-fiction
Strong entry in the Rebus series. A released pedophile becomes the target of Inspector Rebus, but things may not be as black and white as they seem. An old flame from Fife sees Rebus about her missing son who disappeared after clubbing in Edinburgh. To add to things a sadistic criminal is exported back from the U.S. to Scotland, and becomes a deadly nemesis to Rebus.

Fifth in the series that I've read (not in order) and here are some other things of note:

- Rebus' lady friend Dr. Patience is flesh
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever since I saw the BBC documentary charting Ian Rankin writing a novel I consider these tales in a different way. In that documentary Ian said that he sometimes gets to page 430 and realizes that there was some other person who "could have done it". No longer do I expect the tale to unravel in a planned way and that only adds to the enjoyment of Rankin's books. In this book one of Rebus's pals leaps to his death (or does he?)from an Edinburgh landmark at the same time that a time served pedoph ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Another enjoyable read in this excellent series. Detective John Rebus is one of the best characters in detective fiction today. Maddening and likable all at once, his many flaws only serve to make him one of the more believable serial characters. The plot in this one moves along at a great pace beginning with Rebus heartlessly and selfishly "outing" a paedophile trying to turn his life around. Rebus does try to redeem himself by trying to help the unfortunate individual in the end but never over ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Rebus story moves on and just gets darker with each book. These are not "feel good" stories and the continuing characters in the series have weaknesses and secrets and the ghosts of the past are haunting them all. In this entry,as in most of the Rebus books, there is a lot going on and none of it provides easy answers for Rebus and his mates. He is assigned to watch the comings and goings of a recently released and very clever serial killer who is also suspected in the murder of the niece of ...more
Diane Dickson
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an even more tortured Inspector Rebus, indeed as the series has progressed I feel that I have watched him descend into a sort of hell largely of his own creation. He feels things deeply and in this one there are so many barbs coming at him from many angles that it is difficult to believe he is still left standing.

The book is very topical at the moment exploring as it does paedophilia amongst other transgressions and it is interesting that Mr Rankin says that he seeks to change Rebus' v
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: most recently, Claude
Truly one of the very best Rebus books.
I remembered part-way through that I had read it several years ago, at a time when I was preoccupied and didn't give it my full attention. It needs that since the plot is complex, lots of characters, many locations in Edinburgh and the surrounding area to keep track of. But Rankin has done a fantastic job of fleshing all of them out so that, if you are attentive, it all makes perfect sense.
I did really want to SHAKE one of the characters - the poor newsman
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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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