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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (July 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881638
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #590,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

James Gale proves an excellent choice to narrate this latest entry to the long-running Inspector Rebus series. It's 2005 and Rebus is mourning the unexpected death of his brother. It is a death that will cause a lot of introspective musings for the detective as he sees his retirement edging over the horizon. But soon Rebus and his partner are after a possible serial killer who is doing in former sex offenders. Add to that the apparent suicide of an MP and the horror of the London subway bombings, and you have another first-rate Scottish mystery, that is only enhanced by Gale's performance. Gale's gruff, gravelly delivery brings just the right amount of world weariness to his characterization of Rebus. With the rich array of accents at his disposal, Gale is equally effective in his portrayal of Rankin's supporting characters, especially the smug amoral crime boss Cafferty, who comes across as a smirking, self-satisfied alley cat with fresh bird feathers in his whiskers.
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Rankin's U.S. publishers have been cashing in on the author's celebrity lately by reissuing his early work, originally published in the UK under a pseudonym, but now Rankin fans can get back to the really good stuff: a new John Rebus novel. Coming off what is arguably the best Rebus of all, Fleshmarket Alley (2005), Rankin faces a stern challenge, and while the new offering isn't quite among the series' elite, it's still a damn good book. It's July 2005, and Bush, Blair, and other international leaders are coming to Scotland for the G8 conference to be held outside Edinburgh. Anything but a company man, Detective Inspector Rebus finds himself relegated to the sidelines until he takes a call that lands him smack where he's not supposed to be: butting heads with conference organizers in an attempt to make sense of the apparent suicide of an attendee at a preconference dinner. The plot mushrooms out from there, of course, encompassing an ongoing serial-killer investigation and personal crises in the lives of both Rebus and his partner and protege, Siobhan Clarke. The focus on international events (including the London subway bombing) adds thematic heft to the novel but takes away a bit from the always-fascinating exploration of Rebus' melancholic heart of darkness. Still, Rankin continues to juggle his plot strains superbly and to add depth to the characterization of Clarke, whose multidimensionality nearly equals that of Rebus himself. Required reading for crime-fiction followers. Bill Ott
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The Naming of the Dead is the lastest in a series of mystery novels by the great Scottish writer Ian Rankin. Rankin has once again returned to his tortured antihero Inspector Rebus. As always, Rebus is tilting at his own personal windmills, trying to get the better of his superior officers and trying to stay clear of his nemesis Ger Cafferty. Rankin's writing is taut and the murder plot moves along at a good clip. But it is the character of Rebus that makes Rankin's novels so compelling. It seems that his mantle of guilt and responsibility becomes heavier to bear with each book. Rankin's other recurring character Siobhan Clarke is also a great character study and with this novel she is moving perilously close to leading the kind of austere and driven life that Rebus endures with so much difficulty. Rankin is a real master of his genre and here he is at the top of his game.
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'The Naming of the Dead' takes place against the backdrop of the G8 meetings north of Edinburgh in 2005, with the heightened concerns about security and platooning of hundreds of police and security officials from other parts of the UK. This makes for an exciting narrative in which the cat and mouse games between protesters of various stripes (ranging from now aged hippies of the '60's, war and poverty protesters, to the anarcho-sydicalists, along with undercover police) and the security officials are interspersed with the two cases Rebus and Siobhan Clarke are pursuing.
The Naming of the Dead refers to an anti-war protest during the leadup to the G8 summit, in which the names of the victims killed in the Iraq war are read out. North American readers will likely be more familiar with the 'Vietnam Wall' memorial and the reading out of the names of the victims of that conflict or the 26 school children and adults killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School, whose names were similarly read out as a memorial. The naming of the dead also refers to a website naming convicted pedophiles, which, as Rebus and Clarke discover, results in an apparent serial murder spree.
DI Siobhan Clarke is present at this memorial (looking for her parents who have come to the protest), and reflecting on this comes to the realization that this is similar to the role of the police. In a homicide investigation, they are similarly 'naming the victim,' identifying them, discovering what brought them into danger and uncovering the motives. Clarke and Rebus are currently investigating a serial murder, in which some of the victims are unidentified and the connection between them is unknown.
The Naming of the Dead also raises an important question which Rebus and Clarke ponder at the end of the novel.
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By Shannon Moeser TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29 2014
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Anyone who likes Michael Connelly's Harry Borsch series should like Ian Rankin's Rebus series as well. This was the first Ian Rankin book I read. After completing it, I had to go out and buy all the earlier books in Rankin's "Rebus series". I am now in the middle of catching up on John Rebus's life. However, "The Naming of the Dead" is a good book to start with, even if you haven't read the others in the series. (This review was written on Dec 11, 2006. It was re-posted because Amazon misplaced my original review.)
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Rankin's hero, John Rebus, is becoming shallower and less likeable. And the plot just wasn't a page turner this time around. Wouldn't be missing a lot if you skipped this one.
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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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