The Naming of the Dead

The Naming of the Dead

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July 2005, and the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland. With daily marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector John Rebus, however, has been sidelined, until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides with clues that a serial killer may be on the loose. The authorities are keen to hush up both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of global importance - but Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules, and when his colleague Siobhan Clarke finds herself hunting down the identity of the riot cop who assaulted her mother, it looks as though both Rebus and Clarke may be up pitted against both sides in the conflict. THE NAMING OF THE DEAD is a potent mix of action and politics, set against a backdrop of the most devastating week in recent British history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 40.64mm | 703.06g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752868586
  • 9780752868585
  • 840,056

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'Rankin's home provided him with a brilliant backdrop for a crime novel: Edinburgh during the crazy week in 2005 when the G8 came to town' LITERARY REVIEW 'Masterly...Ian Rankin's finest novel. It is more than a crime novel, or rather, Rankin's achievement is to show, convincingly, how crime permeates society' THE SCOTSMAN 'The Naming of the Dead is Ian Rankin's Exile on Main Street: dark, murky and less immediate than his other novels, but still zinging with wit and his inimitable gift for plot. His richest and most complex work to date, it comes close to trascending genre fiction' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'Rebus's latest adventure is as gripping as ever' THE LONDON PAPER 'Rebus may seem to be running on something very near empty, but there is no sign that Rankin has lost any of the energy to continue this consistently impressive series' SUNDAY TIMES 'This may be Rankin's 19th Rebus book, but while there's still plenty of life in the old devil yet, Siobhan Clarke is proving that she is more than capable of taking up the baton' DAILY MIRROR 'Rankin deftly inserts Rebus into the true story of that week, culminating, as it did in the London bombings of July 7. An excellent performance, for a cop on the verge of extinction' -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES 'combines the page-turning appeal of a modern police procedural with the moral complexity of a political novel' -- John Boyne THE IRISH TIMES 'Politics crashes head on into Inspector Rebus's usual interests (solving grisly murders and supping pints) in the latest of this award-winning series. The Naming of the Dead set against the 2005 G8 Summit, is yet another irresistable page-turner from the UK's best crime novelist' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Not only an intriguing murder-mystery but an excellent piece of reportage. Ian Rankin, despite his dodgy musical tastes, has produced yet another class act' -- Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD 'This one with its heady mix of crime and current affairs, is staggering. He is now at the top of his game and has almost catapulted himself out of the more limited crime genre altogether' DAILY MAIL 'Rankin is on top form here, with a suitably scornful attitude to Bob Geldof and the wishy-washy Live8 endeavour. Excellent stuff' DUBLIN EVENING HERALD 'This is Rankin at his hard-bitten best' METRO LONDON 'Rankin is on top form: in a stellar career, this is the best Rebus yet' SAGA 'Classic Rankin, and if you're in love with the unchangeable Rebus, you'll relish it. It's page-turning, complicated crime' -- Frances Fyfield THE INDEPEDENT 'Classic Rebus' SHE 'Crime writing at its best' WOMAN AND HOME 'as much a political thriller as a crime mystery. His vivid descriptions of the so-called Battle of Princes Street are as good as any newspaper reports written at the time' -- Allan Laing GLASGOW HERALD 'The plot is another Rankin corker, complex yet convincing, and played out on this occasion over only nine days against the backdrop of last year's G8 summit at Gleneagles, with its retinue of concerts and marches against poverty...The best crime novel you'll read this year' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Impeccably plotted, dripping with suspense and never afraid to get down and dirty this book is further proof a nation will weep when Rebus hangs up his cuffs' -- Shari Low DAILY RECORD 'Rankin brings his characters to life with precision, and handles the novel's complex thematic relationships with his usual skill' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Rankin's mischievous sense of humour is strongly evident too with an inspired Ann Summers/Basque separatists gag' FQ 'a big, sometimes elegiac, read' -- Peter Gutteridge THE OBSERVER 'Rankin just gets better. The topicality and eye for detail are awesome' -- Jilly Cooper THE OBSERVER - Books of the Year 'Ian Rankin is back on splendid form with The Naming of the Dead' THE SPECTATOR 'Just as Rebus keeps getting his man, Rankin keeps not only hitting his mark, but defining it' TIME OUT 'Rankin is on top form here, with a suitably scornful attitude to Bob Geldof and the wishy-washy live 8 endeavour. Excellent stuff' EVENING HERALD DUBLINshow more

About Ian Rankin

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. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for 'Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. 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'. 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.show more

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4 49% (3,285)
3 20% (1,375)
2 3% (191)
1 1% (39)
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