Synopses & Reviews
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 preconference 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 sidesteps and powerplays 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 at a scale beyond his darkest imaginings. A state-of-the-world novel peopled by real characters, The Naming of the Dead is Rebus's most challenging case yet, and Edgar Award winner Ian Rankin at his very best.
"[A] damn good book....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." Booklist
"[A] solidly suspenseful mystery tale....Not only do we get to see several familiar faces from earlier Rebus installments but these characters are developed in a most satisfactory way....Strongly recommended." Library Journal
"The world would be better off if Rebus attended the peace summits instead of getting bogged down with the usual posturing officeholders and violent anarchists." Kirkus Reviews
"Because Rankin is at the top of his game, the minor plot maneuvers are every bit as entertaining as the detectives' pursuit of a killer....[A] grand tour of the landscape of revenge and suspense." The Oregonian
"A book with this many plot elements risks becoming amorphous and overcomplicated. But Mr. Rankin doesn't get lost that way. In his backhanded, reluctant way Rebus winds up uniting all the book's loose ends, and seeing how he accomplishes this is a pleasure." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[Rankin] unifies character, place and plot with a restrained energy and a fierce elegance....[I]f this book is any indication, the old is not going quietly into the good night." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"While the mystery is contrived and pushed to the max of credulity, the account of the early days of July 2005 culminating in the July 7 terrorist transit bombings in London are compelling reading." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Rankin keeps his 18th novel in this series a clearly focused piece of crime fiction enhanced by his usual keen character studies....A maze of human emotions seen against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape proves, once again, Rankin's considerable talent." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country isneeded 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.
A vicious serial killer is on the hunt, and only Rebus can stop him. Marking the 20th anniversary of John Rebus, this newest thriller is by the bestselling author of Fleshmarket Alley.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is the #1 bestselling mystery writer in the United Kingdom. Winner of an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.