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Casi sepolti

(Inspector Rebus #13)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,933 ratings  ·  418 reviews
Rebus is off the case literally. A few days into a murder inquiry following the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at DCS Gill Templer. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is given an old, unsolved case to work on, in order to teach him and others the merits of teamwork. But t ...more
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Published 2005 by Longanesi (first published 2001)
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Oct 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I own both the Little Brown Hardcover and an Uncorrected Proof of this book.
James Thane
Scottish Inspector John Rebus has always had a problem with authority, but he gets particularly exorcised one morning and hurls a cup of tea at his supervisor. For this, he is assigned to a stint at Tulliallan, a police academy where problem officers are sent for retraining and to see if their careers can be resurrected.

The approach is to take an old case and assign it to the "resurrection men" working under the close supervision of an instructor who will teach them the teamwork nece
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Rebus down. Rebus is punished and sent to school again for a refresher course. He meets a Wild Bunch of officers and they have to work together to solve a cold case.

At the same time, an art dealer is killed at his home after an exhibition. DS Siobhan Clarke is investigating this crime, and Rebus is giving her some back up while he is in schooling.

A fast past novel. Realistic and noir. Rankin is one of the best novelist who take you from wherever you are to the dark, rain stained cobble
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Another ghost in need of justice. Rebus had confessed to her once, after too many late-night drinks in the Oxford Bar, that he saw ghosts. Or didn’t see them so much as sense them. All the cases, the innocent -- and not so innocent -- victims . . . all those lives turned into CID files . . . They were always more than that to him. He’d seemed to see it as a failing, but Siobhan hadn’t agreed.

We wouldn’t be human if they didn’t get to us, she’d told him. His looagreed.
Moira Russell
Sadly disappointing....somehow, this book never lived up to its brilliant premise: Rebus, a walking nightmare of an employee, throws a mug of tea at his female boss and ex-lover and gets sent to a combination boot camp for recruits/rehab center for cops on their last chance. But really he's there undercover, trying to secretly investigate a ring of dirty cops....without revealing his own secrets about a cold case they've been assigned by surprise. Or is his boss trying to get rid of Rebus once and fo ...more
Renée Mee
One of my fave authors and I love Rebus but his character is becoming tedious. It's nice to see a realistic flawed hero but after all Rebus's experience he is starting to appear not jut disillusioned(you can only play that card so long) but stupid. He is always getting into situations where he is beat up or almost killed and like the heroine tied to the railroad tracks,the hero rescues him just in time. Also,be nice to see a few more wins. Although ,no matter university education he appears to h ...more
David Highton
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebus is one of the series I have read out of order, and this trip to the library was part of doubling back and reading a couple I have missed over the years. An undercover plot against corrupt policemen proves a tough and dangerous assignment for Rebus
Excellent book, my first book read by this author and I really loved it, specially with the musical background BBC chose for it.
Another solid outing for everyone's favourite slightly rumpled, dissolute & clever DI. Rebus is sent back to the academy for retraining. It's the last stop on the career ladder for officers who have attitude problems or don't play well with others. Normally, he'd fit right in but this time he's a plant. Several of his classmates are suspected of helping themselves to the spoils of a drug war but the higher-ups have never been able to find the evidence they need. Many have long suspected Rebu ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Wow. #13 already in this wonderful series. Although a latecomer to Ian Rankin's and John Rebus' world, I always make sure every 2-3 books I go back to this terrific series in order to get my Rebus and Edinburgh fix. Resurrection Men is another intricately crafted mystery and, as with many of Rankin's books, manages to effectively tie in 2 or more seemingly unrelated crimes where solving either of them is entirely dependent on understanding the other. Forced into remedial training with some poten ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, thriller
It is practically impossible to write a review of one of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels without using the word ‘gritty’, so I may as well just get it over with. For anybody who has not met him before, Inspector Rebus is the classic bad boy of the Scottish police, a hard drinking maverick guaranteed to annoy his boss and get his man (or woman). The difference is that Ian Rankin does it so well and Resurrection Men is one of the best of the series.

Appropriately number thirteen of the series, Resurre
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Rebus story. This book finds DI Rebus sent back to refinishing school (in a way) after an incident at his local police station. He throws a mug of tea at boss, Gill Templar, and finds himself sent for retraining with a group of other reprobates from other districts. But there is more to this assignment than meets the eye and I'll let you read the book to see what. In the meantime, DS Siobhan Clark, Rebus' protégé, is deeply involved with a team trying to solve the murder of an ...more
Rob Smith, Jr.
This is my first Rankin novel read. I was concerned the length would have me emerged in another contemporary over written book. The book is over involved with too much character introspection and not enough setting description. But, the whole mountain of words is built up to a peak of a very good conclusion.

The character development is probably the best part of the book. Though there are many, many characters and there are those with very similar names and multiple nicknames that makes the plot
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2018, read-2018
While in a reform school for cops, Inspector John Rebus joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by some of his classmates known as "Resurrection Men." The investigation threatens to uncover a secret Rebus has spent years trying to conceal, and before long Rebus finds himself in the thick of a scandal with men who have no problem spilling blood to get what they want.

You can't help but love John Rebus! He tries so hard to do the right thing but always seems
Genevieve Andrews
Good Scottish mystery, makees you really want to go to the pub
Peter Jones
Solid, but not great. Rebus is hit and miss for me. Maybe it is my addiction to Bosch and other American detectives that make him harder for me to follow. Either way, I will keep reading Rebus. I like him enough to keep entering his world.
Another solid outing for Rebus. This time he's on probation and undercover, trying to find the truth about some corrupt cops
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* for another great Ian Rankin read.
This 13th novel in Ian Rankin’s John Rebus series won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2004. And every single page of the work speaks for why.

The DI Rebus series is a character driven Scottish police procedural focusing on homicide. John Rebus is the main protagonist spanning each novel in the series and his character is deeply flawed: a functioning alcoholic, an aging “dinosaur,” a basically non-promotable maverick and thought to be bent.

From the standpoint of the current times, h
Shirley Schwartz
This book is definitely a winner. Classic John Rebus, and an excellent book in this wonderful series. This is book number 13 in the series, but it is also a good book for anyone to begin with if they want to sample this series. But I must warn those new dabblers, that this series is seriously addictive. Rebus is always in trouble with the higher-ups so it's not a surprise to find him sent to a retraining group to learn how to be a team player. And it's not a surprise to find out that he got hims ...more
I have read other books in this series and really enjoyed them. This one for me was much less enjoyable than the others because it had so many characters that it was difficult to keep them all straight (it even had a 3 page list at the start of the book explaining who all the main characters were!). It also had more than one case that was being solved at a time in multiple police stations all with different staff. All this coupled with the fact that the book was so long (almost 450 pages) made i ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-k, crime-fiction
#13 in Rankin's Rebus series sees DI John Rebus sent to a course for delinquent detectives. (After throwing a coffee cup at his superior Gill Templer that is). But all is not as it appears, Rebus has a certain job to do. The other "Resurrection Men" as these wayward coppers are called, are apparently not as they seem either.

Solid entry in the always enjoyable Rankin novels. Although Rankin can't resist inserting several of his regulars into his stories (a certain Edinburgh crime boss
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This the 13th in the addictive John Rebus series featuring the addicted cop who has become a favorite read for many. The book won an Edgar as best mystery in 2004 and I can’t really say why I hadn’t read it before this.

When he’s not boozing or smoking, Rebus is generally up to his neck in trouble. This novel is no exception. It begins with the detective throwing a tea mug at his supervisor, which gets him sent to Tulliallan, the Scottish police college, for retraining. We soon discov
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When nearing the end of this book, I didn't realize that there would be a series of very short, action packed chapters. I'm beginning to find out that Ian Rankin tries to flavor his formula differently. The author likes to discuss about pubs, the weather, cigarettes, music (there's a mention of some movie but only once). If Rebus hadn't been a DI, he would have been amazed at all the action taking place in his life. Since he solves cases for a living, such events don't seem out of place. Goes w ...more
Julia Herdman
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess I am an Inspector Rebus fan. Rebus is always in trouble one way or another and in this novel he is he is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' - in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. As usual, Ian Rankin masterfully weaves different elements of the two cases in this novel, the murder of an Edinburgh art dealer and an old, unsolved case with highly rewarding results. The characters are engaging and real and in this story Rebus is asked to act as a go-bet ...more
Anne Fenn
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, rebus
Rebus is sent on a course for polis with problems - maybe corruption, brutality, insurrection, he is with 4 other men for testing times to improve their behaviour. For Rebus, it's actually a set up. A long and involved story of past crimes, work relationship troubles, villains old and new finds Rebus in a fix, getting into very dangerous territory on all fronts. Jean is still his love interest . He's living in Arden St, driving the Saab, drinking and smoking too much, all as usual. Gill Templar ...more
Kevin Marsh
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Resurrection Men is an interesting book. The plot is cleverly contrived and presents Rebus in an unusual situation. This story does not dissapoint, the expected range of on going story lines exist with favourite characters developing further. For me the plots become more fascinating with each book. Can't wait to start reading the next one.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too complicated. The novel staggers from place to place like Rebus after a long night at the Ox. A rare example of the TV adaptation being better.

That said it's Ian Rankin, which means it's still a hell of a lot better than most.
Shabbeer Hassan
A rather good novel in the Rebus stable winning the Edgar in 2004 and one can see why! Rebus with his inner demons alive and hurting, a clumsy dinosaur in an over-bureaucratic and corrupt police system, with an unusual relationship with Morris Cafferty, the biggest mobster in Edinburgh, and yet not corrupt. And here we see all the past choices and actions both personal and professional, joining forces to put him in a corner, a no-win situation.

A worthy read!

My Rating -4/5
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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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