Resurrection Men

Resurrection Men

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Rebus is off the case. A few days into a murder inquiry following the brutal death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at DCS Gill Templer. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining'. In other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is given an old, unsolved case to work on, in order to teach him and others the merits of teamwork. But there are those in the team who have their own secrets - and they'll stop at nothing to protect them. As if this wasn't enough, Rebus is asked to act as a go-between for gangster 'Big Ger' Cafferty. And as newly promoted DS Siobhan Clarke works the case of the murdered art dealer, she is brought closer to Cafferty than she could ever have anticipated ...show more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 114 x 174 x 36mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752848224
  • 9780752848228

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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Ian Rankin is a very canny writer. Having brilliantly mined Scotland as a locale for some of the most hard-hitting and idiomatic crime fiction ever produced, Rankin was clearly aware that something new was needed (in plotting terms at least) to keep his dour Inspector Rebus at the top of the tree. And, in much the same way that Rankin sidelined Rebus alcoholism and chaotic private life when it was in danger of becoming a monumental clich?, he has come up with a truly innovative plot for Resurrection Men. Rebus has lost his temper during an enquiry into the savage murder of an Edinburgh art dealer, and his superior, DCS Gill Templer, has despatched him to purdah: the Scottish Police College located near a village in central Scotland. 'Retraining' for Rebus actually means that his career is on the line. At the college he encounters several similarly bolshy officers, and this motley group is given an old unsolved case to work on. The agenda is to force this 'wild bunch' to work on co-operation rather than confrontation, but the group is nurturing some very dark secrets and some officers have no limits when it comes to protecting themselves. This murky brew is made even murkier when the Scottish Crime Squad asks Rebus to become dangerously involved with the east coasts number one hoodlum, 'Big Ger' Cafferty. All of this is orchestrated by Rankin with his customary aplomb, and its quickly apparent that this is the best Rebus book in years. If the innovative central plot were not enough, Rankin is even confident enough to incorporate a subplot involving Rebuss newly promoted colleague Siobhan Clarke. This is wonderful stuff. (Kirkus UK)show more

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Ian Rankin will be touring nationwide for the paperback of RESURRECTION MEN from 3 October to 17 October. Ian's 3-part documentary series, IAN RANKIN'S EVIL THOUGHTS, which he has written and presented, will be shown on C4 on Saturday evenings at 8pm starting on 30 November. PRESS:Ian interviewed Anthony Bourdain in OBSERVER 20 October to tie in to Dead on Deansgate. DAILY TELEGRAPH - Sarah Crompton, The Arts Column 13 Nov on TV adaptations: 'Ian Rankin is perhaps the best and most complext thriller writer in Britain today, but the television adaptation of his Inspector Rebus novels was a travesty' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 27 October Ian's Notebook SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE 27 Oct Making a Killing photostory on crime writers RADIO TIMES short story in 2 parts EDINBURGHSTUDENT 27 Nov - full page interview RADIO:R4 OPEN BOOK - transmitted 20 OctBBC WM REVIEWS: 'another lean, mean page turner' Jemima Hunt, GUARDIAN 'For aslice of gritty, gripping detective work at its very best'SOLDIER October ' 'This is Ranin in idiomatic gritty top form' WOMAN AND HOME, paperbacks of the month 'As Rankin unfolds his characteristically complicated and multi-stranded plot Rebus emerges again as just about the most interesting anti-hero in modern crime fiction. This is his 13th outing, and Rankin's invention and ability to find new ways of developing his character show no signs of flagging' SUNDAY TIMES paperbacks, pick of the week 'This is not your average police procedural, however. The thirteenth novel in Rankin's Rebus series is his most mature work yet. His pacing is so actue and the supporting characters are so well drawn that this book escapes the shackles of the crime novel genre and cn be classed as great fiction, full stop. Alan Jager, THE TIMES 'a monumentalreturn to form...Classic Rebus' LIVING ABROAD MAGAZINE 'The best Rebus book in years' GOOD BOOK GUIDE ' Other reviews in KENT MESSENGER EVENTS: (all dates/timesl listed on author events schedule)Talks:Bromley Central Library - Ottakars BromleyBath Theatre RoyalHammicks BasingstokeDead on DeansgateIlkley FestivalOttakars HuddersfieldWaterstones NewcastleCheltenham FestivalBirminghamFestivalBorders Glasgow Signing sessions:Borders Charing X RdWaterstones Leedshow more

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7,338 ratings
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4 47% (3,462)
3 21% (1,547)
2 2% (155)
1 1% (37)
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