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Exit Music [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ian Rankin
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Sept. 6 2007
It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence a high-level delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, keen to bring business to Scotland. The politicians and bankers who run Edinburgh are determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically. But the further they dig, the more Rebus and his colleague DS Siobhan Clarke become convinced that they are dealing with something more than a random attack - especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Meantime, a brutal and premeditated assault on local gangster 'Big Ger' Cafferty sees Rebus in the frame. Has the Inspector taken a step too far in tying up those loose ends? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far?

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Insp. John Rebus has just 10 days to solve the apparently motiveless murder of Alexander Todorov, an expatriate Russian poet, before he reaches 60 and mandatory retirement in Edgar-winner Rankin's rewarding 17th novel to feature the Edinburgh detective (after The Naming of the Dead). When the dogged Rebus and Det. Sgt. Siobhan Clarke look into the crime, they find an array of baffling conspiracies involving Russian businessmen, Scottish bankers and local politicians pushing for an independent Scotland. A second murder, of a man who'd taped one of Todorov's poetry readings, ensures the case gets extra resources, and Rebus's own interest is whetted by the possible involvement of Edinburgh crime boss Big Ger Cafferty. Clever, insightful prose more than compensates for the byzantine plot. There's an appropriately wistful tone to this final entry in the series. Fans will miss Rebus and wonder what on earth he'll do in retirement. (Sept.)
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"The gritty Scots narration intensifies the dramatic darkness and contemporary punch of Rankin's writing." -- Rachel Redford THE OBSERVER "Rankin once again proves himself to be the master of British crime writing, and James Macpherson's gritty reading brings the characters to life." DAILY EXPRESS "Rankin has given us Rebus' last case in "Exit Music", impeccably read by James MacPherson. As many twists as barley sugar and considerably less sweet." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'With no let-up in the pressure inside Rebus's head, MacPherson gives us the best performance yet and proves that one reader does not mean one monologue - each character is given their own voice which makes this dramatic. It's a rollicking good listen.' THE GUARDIAN 40 BEST AUDIOBOOKS "Glaswegian James Macpherson's reading of Ian Rankin's Edinburgh-set Rebus novels make enthralling listening." -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES "Faultless writing, faultlessly read... Sheer aural pleasure. An audiobook masterpiece." AUDIOBOOKSREVIEW.CO.UK "James Macpherson masterfully conjures up the various characters in this final outing for Rebus, and his accent creates just the right atmosphere." THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing author and book Oct. 27 2007
Normally don't read books of this genre, but this one intrigued me a lot. So much that I got past the hype and took it on. Not a single regret.

Plot moves as fast as anything can without being minimal. Great characters. Though they could have done with some enhancment and fleshing out. Still, I was satisfied with the author's effort. I wanted to know more about him as I'd not heard anything. So I looked him up.

And this blurb about the author: 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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award, as well as receiving two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction.

Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh. A contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review', he also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts', on Channel 4 in 2002.

He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

I like the book AND the author and would recommend this to anyone, along with the novel HELLBLAZER ORIGINAL SINS and HELLBLAZER TAINTED LOVE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent End Oct. 13 2007
This is a fantastic conclusion to DI Rebus' police career. Rankin's plot is typically rich and complex with subtle twists, interesting characters and a remarkable conclusion. Rebus is in prime form; argumentative, opinionated, awkward, aggressive and ultimately inspired. Pitted against dubious Russian businessmen and politicians as well as his old nemesis Cafferty and various opponents within Gayfield Square Police Station, he investigates, under Clarke's authority, the seemingly related deaths of a dissident Russian poet and a local sound recordist. Rebus' method gets him into trouble with various people on both sides while the final solution only emerges very late on. The rivalry between Rebus and Cafferty is brilliantly done; both men are older and more circumspect but the strange combination of respect and contempt bristles on to a thrilling climax. What a brilliant book; read it now.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for mature fans of mystery Dec 30 2007
A intricately plotted, meticulously written book which has hanging over it and ends with D.I. Rebus' imposed retirement. Introspective for both the protagonist and the reader, as we reflect on our own lives and careers, the battles with office hierarchy, and the shadows of long-standing enemies.
Superb for its genre, and for any novel, by any standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, and at times great, author Sept. 28 2013
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I was on a Rankin kick when I bought this book. Got through about half of his catalog and moved on. I think it's time to finish off the rest of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus exits with a BANG May 18 2012
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I've been a big Rebus fan since I picked up "Set in Darkness" and was hooked.

This is the best of a great series of detective novels, with Rebus in fine form. Wry, witty, deliciously subversive.

The best in a great series; if you haven't read the rest, you're in for a treat.
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