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The Naming of the Dead

(Inspector Rebus #16)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  11,806 ratings  ·  504 reviews
The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty...except one. John Rebus's reputation precedes him, and his bosses don't want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he's manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinne ...more
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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  ·  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
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While others may be enamored with Mr. Rankin, I find myself bored with this kind of writing. 2 of 10 stars
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  ·  review of another edition
I own both the hardcover and an uncorrected proof copy of this book.
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
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...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
Ade Bailey
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.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent Rebus read. The usual characters are around with Siobhan playing a good part. It will come as no surprise to most followers of Rankin stories that Rebus falls out with/gets in trouble with a number of people. Partly political (and maybe somewhat dated by now) it is actually about murders and motives. Decent holiday read.
Adrian White
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
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
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
Hannah Polley
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime, ian-rankin
I was 40 pages into this book and wondering what had happened to Rebus' girlfriend and also Gill Templar when I checked the order of the series and realised I had accidentally messed up the order and I had skipped two books. However, as I had already started I decided to keep going and I will catch up with those two later.

I was sad to see that it didn't work out between Siobhan and Eric but she certainly seems to be getting closer to Rebus...

In this book, Rebus once again finds himself close to
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
Chris Hall
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You really can't go wrong with a Rebus novel! This one was published back in 2006 and is set against the backdrop of the G8 summit of the previous July, which was held in Scotland and which attracted significant protests, only to be overshadowed by the London Tube and bus bombings a few days later.

Aside from the intriguing murder scenes and ensuing investigations, it was the further development of the characters of Rebus and Siobhan which really made this particular novel for me. Rebus is headin
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
Inspector Rebus mystery No. 16: - sees Rebus bury his brother, and discover and investigate a serial murdering vigilante, look into an MP suicide and search for a missing daughter of a police chief. In addition Siobhan has her parents join in Anti-G8 marches and there's the usual trouble with Big Ger. Rankin continues his supreme characterisations of his cast amidst the Edinburgh G8 summit, an arms dealer sub-story, a look at vigilantism, a war between a councillor and Big Ger and even the 7/7 a ...more
Rankin's only better book is whatever comes next (Exit Music, etc.) The author moves from strength to strength and consistently reminds us that the Underworld is nowhere near as devious and dangerous as is the Overworld. I’ve read reviews (especially here) that are disparaging. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. For me, it works, start to finish. ...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  ·  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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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. ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Using G8 as a backdrop this has all the good mystery things I need: good (anti-) hero, good villain, interesting setting (Edinburgh, which is as much of a character in these books as anyone). Another good one, he gets better as the series goes on.
Erin L
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books get more and more complex with each installment, with Rebus digging himself deeper and deeper, with no signs of actual retirement on the horizon. Most of his superiors (and peers) would really rather he just wander off into an alcohol-fueled sunset, but at this point, the reader is well aware of who Rebus is and we know he isn't going to go away.

I also find it interesting to read these older books that are written in a very specific timeframe (Scotland hosting the G8 and the announc
Anne Fenn
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...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. ...more
Nick Jones
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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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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