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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 waySee all Product Description
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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
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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Superb for its genre, and for any novel, by any standard.
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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A bit more of the same. I think it is timely for Rankin to exit from the Rebus character and move on. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2012 by Alan M. Reid
What initially drew me to this book was the setting: Edinburgh. I'd lived there once and wanted to see if this author--any author--did the city justice. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2007 by James Monroe
So I was quite excited to come into possession of an advance readers copy of this book a few weeks ago. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2007 by LJM