Exit Music Audio CD – Audiobook, Sep 6 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Faultless writing, faultlessly read... Sheer aural pleasure. An audiobook masterpiece.
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 gritty Scots narration intensifies the dramatic darkness and contemporary punch of Rankin's writing.—Rachel Redford
Rankin once again proves himself to be the master of British crime writing, and James Macpherson's gritty reading brings the characters to life.
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.
Glaswegian James Macpherson's reading of Ian Rankin's Edinburgh-set Rebus novels make enthralling listening.—Christina Hardyment
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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.
DS Siobahn Clarke is assigned the case, assisted of course by Rebus, but again, any reader of the Rebus series will understand who in reality will be in charge. So one of the interesting dynamics is the tension between the two: Clarke struggling to retain the upper hand and also protect her chances of being promoted to Inspector, set against Rebus's inability to "let go" and to accept direction but also his respect for Clarke and wish to see her do well. There is greater tension between the two than in any other of the novels, which gives an added dimension and interest to Exit Music (think King Lear on issues of succession!).
As is often the case, 'Exit Music' is enlivened by being contexted in actual history: in this case the animosity between Russian oligarchs and dissidents (the poisoning of Litvinenko being a case in point), the forces for Scottish independence, and the relationship between the two. And what is the role of Edinburgh gangster 'Big Ger' Cafferty in this mix? Midway through the novel, Rebus reflects that the underworld, the normal preoccupation of police, is less dangerous than the overworld of unscrupulous politicians, political officials and business men with their elite connections.
Given Rebus' keen interest in contemporary rock and roll, I found myself thinking as I read, what precise track would be appropriate for the exit music? The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil? The End by The Doors?
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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.Published on Sept. 28 2013 by Geordie A.
I've been a big Rebus fan since I picked up "Set in Darkness" and was hooked.
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