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Exit Music [Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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Aug. 7 2008
It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector 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 delegation of Russian businessmen is in town - and everyone is determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically. But the further they dig, the more Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke become convinced that they are dealing with something more than a random attack - especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Meanwhile, a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster 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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'Prepare yourselves: this is goodbye to Detective Inspector John Rebus, possibly the most famous of the plethora of fictional policemen. And it's a classic plot to send him on his way' SHORTLIST 'with just four days left in the job, Rebus gets himself suspended for insubordination - will he be able to solve the case in time? What is guaranteed is that Rebus heads into retirement the same chippy, curmudgeon that his millions of fans have grown to love' SUNDAY TIMES 'Fans will not be disappointed, while new readers will have the added delight of catching up with all the novels they have missed' THE TIMES 'As this (according to Rankin), the final outing for Rebus demonstrates, he is always ready to shake things up for his beleagured protagonist' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Rebus's swansong is a typically gritty affair, with the usual twists that Edinburgh's finest cop should surely expect as routine by now. Rankin's expertly crafted plot, vivid characters and pacy narrative means fans will lap this up' NEWS OF THE WORLD 'classic Rankin...a fantastic tale that exercises his familiar gift for grabbing a reader then taking them on a dark trip through high life and low life. Doors Open is a must-read novel from Scotland's King of Crime' WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Rankin paints on a Hogarthian canvas that revels in a vast cast of fully-realized characters, a well-loved setting, a twisty plot, and a wry sense of irony' MYSTERY SCENE 'In this highly significant outing, the vigorous prose is matched (as ever) by a storytelilng ability that takes no prisoners' GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Send Off March 2 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Inspector Rebus, book17

With this installment Mr Rankin has written a great send off, a suitable finale for his protagonist Inspector Rebus. Each chapter is a count down to his last days before retirement. True to the author's style, suspense builds till the end making this story not only entertaining but also intriguing.

Under pressure to solve the murder of a Russian poet and a local sound recordist, Rebus and Siobhan quickly find out this case is connected to the underworld led by Big Ger Cafferty, Rebus's nemesis. We follow them trying to solve the mystery and as we turn pages frantically trying to guess who committed the crime; we are plunged into a plot that is rich and complex with subtle twists. Rebus is in prime form, still argumentative, opinionated and getting in trouble with his superiors. All the characters are masterfully crafted as usual, Siobhan is as gutsy as ever and we route for her success, will she be able to replace her mentor, I am sure we will be treated to more thrilling adventures in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing author and book Oct. 27 2007
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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