The Naming of the Dead

The Naming of the Dead

An Inspector Rebus Novel

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Sent to man an abandoned police station during an international conference between the leaders of the free world, officer John Rebus investigates the suspicious falling death of a delegate at an Edinburgh banquet, a case he must race against time to solve. By the author of Fleshmarket Alley.

Blackwell North Amer
When the leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, every cop in the country is needed to control the mob of protestors in Edinburgh's streets ... except one. Inspector John Rebus's reputation precedes him, so while Presidents Bush and Putin confer in isolated splendor, Rebus mans an empty police station, safely out of the way where he can't offend any visiting dignitaries.
Then a delegate falls to his death during a pre-conference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, and Rebus is given what looks like a simple suicide to write up. But even as he keeps it out of the headlines, Rebus probes where no probing is wanted - and doesn't like the side steps and power plays his questions engender. And this week Edinburgh is a dangerous place to be: Rebus also investigates the death of a recently paroled rapist, murdered in a particularly grisly fashion. The discovery of more bodies leads Rebus to consider an unexpected and politically unacceptable possibility.
Amid political drama and street theater, and with egos on parade at every level, Rebus works the thorniest case he's ever encountered, with danger on a scale beyond his darkest imaginings.

Hachette Book Group
The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty...except one. John Rebus's reputation precedes him, and his bosses don't want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he's manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? And is it linked to a grisly find close to the site of the gathering? Are the world's most powerful men at risk from a killer? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only seventy-two hours to find the answers.


Baker
& Taylor

Sent to man an abandoned police station during an international conference between the leaders of the free world, officer John Rebus investigates the suspicious falling death of a delegate at an Edinburgh banquet.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316057578
0316057576
Branch Call Number: M RANKIN
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 24 cm

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rb3221
Apr 20, 2016

Another very good book by Rankin along with Rebus, his hero with flaws (booze, cigars, unusual humour, and his rock music) and his equally interesting partner Siobhan. In this novel, Rebus is taking stock of his 30 year career and as always is at constant odds with his superiors.
The plot's backdrop is the G8 summit in 2005 in Scotland intertwined with three supposed serial murders and a dead MP. Overall a very good read with satisfying conclusion keeping the reader questioning to the very end.

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TheIronPaw
Feb 13, 2013

A murder (actually several) set amidst the demonstrations and riots of the G8 Summit near Edinburgh in 2005. I gather Rankin novels are often dark, or at least portray a dark image of Edinburgh (this was my first Rankin read) but this one struck me as somewhat lighthearted and tongue in cheek, what with cameo appearances by George Bush (dangerous man on a bicycle) and Bob Geldoff. Nevertheless the plot is intricate and the protagonist iconoclastic and curmudgeonly (do all British police detectives come with major character flaws? e.g. Colin Dexter's Insp. Morse). A good read for fans of crime/mystery fiction.

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rahmmie
Nov 13, 2012

Pretty good book by Ranking. Unfortunately, this series is a victim of its own success. The book would be much less entertaining for someone who hasn't followed Rebus's adventures from the beginning

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desai
Mar 08, 2010

Love this author. Great read. Wonderful twists and complications. Makes you want a drink though

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