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Dead Souls: An Inspector Rebus Novel (St. Martin's Minotaur Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312974205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312974206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,724,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

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 Anthony Award in the USA, 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, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has 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.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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When an author is as successful as Rankin has been with his tough and idiomatic Scottish thrillers, a problem sets in after several books: How to keep the formula fresh?

Rankin has delivered a powerful series of books featuring his beleaguered DI John Rebus and while never less than gripping, a certain tiredness seemed to be setting in. Thankfully, this new novel is a resounding return to form, with a plot as enjoyably labyrinthine as any Rankin enthusiast could wish and pithy dialogue that fairly leaps off the page. Stalking the streets of Edinburgh on the trail of a poisoner, Rebus hits upon a freed paedophile and his subsequent outing of the man leaves him with very mixed feelings. But another problem develops for Rebus: A convicted murderer has him in his sights for some lethal games. And the tabloid press lionising of Rebus won't help him in this situation. As always, Rankin is perfectly ready to tackle contentious issues--precisely the thing that gives his books their powerful sense of veracity. And Rebus, no longer in danger of having a soap opera-like accumulation of personal problems, seems as fresh and well-observed a character as in those first exhilarating books. Rankin has caught his form again, with even more assurance. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The 10th Inspector Rebus novel from 'Britain's best crime novelist' [Daily Express] --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 1999
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This is the first of Ian Rankin's books I have read and I will definitely be coming back for more. His hero, Rebus, is a complex, flawed but realistic detective. Serial killer Cary Oakes is a chilling and intelligent adversary. Rankin writes exceptionally well. Dead Souls has numerous sub-plots, each as interesting as the main story. The loose ends are tied together in a satisfying and exciting climax. I would definitely recommend this book to all those hard-to-please lovers of crime fiction.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
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Another intriguing Rebus novel, with lots going on, plenty of suspense, and lots of good Edinburgh insights. My first Rebus novel was The Falls - this second reading of Rebus shows what a master Rankin is as you see how the character develops. I think I'm going to now read the series through and start with book 1 so that I can follow things through chronologically. If you've not read Rankin before then I recommend you do - mind you - you'll find you can't put it down - so make sure you've got some time on your hands!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 1999
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Ian Rankin has consistently set the pace for the new Brit pack of crime writers. Where others find themselves defined by the limitations of two dimensional characters, Rankin has worked hard to ensure that Rebus remains an unremarkable character in remarkable circumstances. Rebus is not a superhero but resembles the kind of policeman that many of us would be if we had the courage, or the desperation, to become cops ourselves. Rebus is only a policeman; a complex one, with problems and griefs that spring from his job, but always a policeman, without any unneccesary foibles or fripperies. In this novel Rebus and the usual crew of characters have to tackle the aftermath of events in 'The Hanging Garden', including his daughter's disability, and the return to Scotland of a serial killer intent on closing off the previous chapters of his life. It's impossible to describe the plot, not because it is convoluted, but because it is an interwoven sequence of events, each contingent upon the last, each driven by the needs of each character, and each described in Rankin's inimitable style. To cap it all, Rankin takes us back again to the Kingdom of Fife in writing every bit as elegaic as his non-Rebus novel, 'The Flood'. This is crime writing at its best, in the British procedural tradition, but also elevating it to new heights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2010
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"Dead Souls," is tenth, and by no means least, in the detective Chief Inspector John Rebus series by the outstanding author Ian Rankin, currently the best-selling author of mysteries in the United Kingdom. It can, like most of his work, be described as a police procedural, within the tartan noir school, and it is set in Edinburgh, in contrast to most Scots mystery writers at work now. The east coast Edinburgh is more or less his home town; in comparison to the west coast Glasgow, it's a more beautiful, smaller city, the capital of the country, where you might expect the crime to be white collar, rather than blue, and bloody. But Rebus always seems to find enough to keep busy. And what's tartan noir when it's at home, you ask? A bloodthirsty, bloody-minded business, to be sure, more violent than the average British mystery, but, thankfully, leavened a bit with that dark Scots humor. Written (duh!) by Scots.

I consider the book at hand, as I've said, to be one of the strongest of the Rebus series. The plot is complex, and keeps moving forward. It opens with Rebus in a funk: his friend and colleague Jack Morton has died; and his daughter is in a wheelchair, as she was the victim of a hit-run apparently meant for Rebus. The detective is then assigned to look after Cary Oakes, a particularly nasty serial killer who's just been deported back to Edinburgh after having served time in the U.S. In addition, Rebus has begun a personal crusade against Darren Rough, a pedophile assigned by Social Services to live in a council estate with too many children. The suicide of a cop with whom he was friendly is rather mysterious, and may have broader ramifications. And Rebus, as Rankin, is from Fife: a high school sweetheart's son has gone missing, and he has agreed to help her search for the young man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
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"Dead Souls" is perhaps one of the most accessible of Ian Rankin's "Rebus" novels. It has a three stranded plot; the suicide of a policeman linked to the activities of a group of paedophiles, the appearance of a newly released serial killer in Edinburgh and the disappearance of a teenage male related to an ex girlfriend of Rebus. Rebus gets enmeshed in all three of these plot lines and the result is an entertaining read with more incident than is usually found in this series of books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2001
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My first read of a Rankin Novel and it managed to hook me. If you have a spare day or two or are at a loose end then this book is a "must get". Rebus takes you by the hand and leads you through this winding and twisting plot. A litle confusing to start, but pay attention and all becomes clear. I look forward to reading the other books from Rankin as recommended by other reviewers.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2002
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Having read several Ian Rankin novels prior to Dead Souls, this novel reaches new heights of readability.
Previous novels have seen the development of the John Rebus character and provided enough details to keep the reader uncertain of which side of the line Rebus will step to next.
Having developed the chararcter in some very dark novels such as 'Tooth and Nail' it would appear that Dead Souls concentrates more on the story and the surroundings. With the novel set in Edinburgh this is an excellent feature.
Dead Souls follows several storylines which are connected to Rebus, as you would expect in everyday life - a similar style of writing to the 'Frost' books by R D Wingfield.
This book for me was particularly enjoyable, I found it lighter(not in content but in mood) than the previous novels such as 'Black and Blue' and 'The Hanging Garden'. I also found that this was the first Ian Rankin novel that I could read and read, you feel as if you are in Edinburgh yourself at some points and could almost be one of the chararcters.
The other excellent feature with not only Dead Souls but all of the Rebus novels are the cross references to previous situations and stories that have been featured in other books, the balance is perfect, enough to trigger memories of previous books for those that have read them, however not too many to deter those that have not read any Rebus novels before.
Overall the characters, storyline and surroundings of this novel are excellent and provide thought-provoking read.
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