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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893518
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,980 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, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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 wife 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
Standing In Another Man's Grave
Saints of the Shadow Bible

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

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

The Complaints
The Impossible Dead

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'Prepare yourselves: this is goodbye to Detective Inspector John Rebus, possibly the most famous of the plethora of fictional policemen. And it's a classic plot to send him on his way' SHORTLIST 'with just four days left in the job, Rebus gets himself suspended for insubordination - will he be able to solve the case in time? What is guaranteed is that Rebus heads into retirement the same chippy, curmudgeon that his millions of fans have grown to love' SUNDAY TIMES 'Fans will not be disappointed, while new readers will have the added delight of catching up with all the novels they have missed' THE TIMES 'As this (according to Rankin), the final outing for Rebus demonstrates, he is always ready to shake things up for his beleagured protagonist' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Rebus's swansong is a typically gritty affair, with the usual twists that Edinburgh's finest cop should surely expect as routine by now. Rankin's expertly crafted plot, vivid characters and pacy narrative means fans will lap this up' NEWS OF THE WORLD 'classic Rankin...a fantastic tale that exercises his familiar gift for grabbing a reader then taking them on a dark trip through high life and low life. Doors Open is a must-read novel from Scotland's King of Crime' WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Rankin paints on a Hogarthian canvas that revels in a vast cast of fully-realized characters, a well-loved setting, a twisty plot, and a wry sense of irony' MYSTERY SCENE 'In this highly significant outing, the vigorous prose is matched (as ever) by a storytelilng ability that takes no prisoners' GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Abrilliant Rebus novel from the master of British crime.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Ian Paterson on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a fantasic send off for one of the great creations of modern literature.
I have read all the Rebus books in sequence over the years and fans of the series will be delighted to know Ian Rankin has written a a suitable finale.
We join Rebus with one week until his retirement and in a great device the chapters count down the days no surprising the pieces don't slide together until the final day of the week.

A murder of a Russian poet in Kings Stable Road gives Rebus one last case to solve soon ties are being made to big business, politicians and the criminal underworld led by Rebus' nemesis Big Ger Cafferty. Is this the last chance saloon for John to finally nail Edinburgh's gangster ?
As has been the case with the last few Rankin books the reader is left guessing right until the final pages who has commited the crimes. I can say that I guessed part of it but I doubt anyone will be able to predict all the conclusions.

The early books in the series were enjoyable but it's been the last half dozen that have really elevated the series the introduction of DS Siobhan Clarke I feel was where it really kicked in giving Rebus a genuine partner to bounce off. This book is no exception with the scenes with them together being the strongest. It's real shame in some ways that Rankin's decision to age Rebus in real time deprives us of further INSPECTOR Rebus books but if you haven't ever read any of the series you are so lucky to have twenty books available to you.

For the rest of us here's looking forward to the first of the DI Clarke stories which if Ian Rankin decides not to write then there really will have been a crime committed.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic conclusion to DI Rebus' police career. Rankin's plot is typically rich and complex with subtle twists, interesting characters and a remarkable conclusion. Rebus is in prime form; argumentative, opinionated, awkward, aggressive and ultimately inspired. Pitted against dubious Russian businessmen and politicians as well as his old nemesis Cafferty and various opponents within Gayfield Square Police Station, he investigates, under Clarke's authority, the seemingly related deaths of a dissident Russian poet and a local sound recordist. Rebus' method gets him into trouble with various people on both sides while the final solution only emerges very late on. The rivalry between Rebus and Cafferty is brilliantly done; both men are older and more circumspect but the strange combination of respect and contempt bristles on to a thrilling climax. What a brilliant book; read it now.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Oxley on 7 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I took the day off work, bought this today and read it in 5 hours so I'm still a little breathless over all the events in the novel. Breathless, but exhilarated at the same time.

Like the reviewer below I don't wish to spoil it for anyone so I won't make reference to the plot, but I will say that it's well up to the incredibly high standard set by Ian from 'The Black Book' onwards and is a fitting climax to a great series.

Red herrings, false trails and misdirection abound and Rankin weaves the complex plot strands together but leaves the odd tantalising loose thread to remind us that things don't always end neatly in real life. And one of those loose threads is whether or not a major series character lives...

As always, Rebus manages to get up a nose or two. But that's one of the great things about him: he doesn't kowtow to anyone in his pursuit of justice, and enjoys, even relishes, tangling with the higher authorities for whom he lacks respect (often with good reason).

But is it the end of John Rebus in print? There are suggestions that Ian might bring him back to act as a 'consultant' to Siobahn Clarke in future novels, or even, God forbid, as a central character (a private eye perhaps?) in his own right. He should resist these and let this fine novel stand as a fitting epitaph to one of the very best series in crime fiction.

Along with Reginald Hill's wonderful 'The Death of Dalziel' this is the best British crime novel of the year so far. I really can't imagine any fan being disappointed with it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By TKr on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
James MacPherson is the Frank Sinatra auf audio books! His readings are always superb but this time it is his best yet. He gives an authentic voice to each character and understands the dynamics of the book perfectly. The five CD format is a good abridgement of the book. The story in itself is interesting and well told- better than the last instalment of the Rebus series. Rebus had mellowed in the last books and now he really is back as a complex character and not an entirely likeable one. His old problems with authority are back with a vengeance. Exit Music tells the story of Rebus' last case and his last ten days before retirement.Rankin said in interviews that he was still undecided as to whether Rebus will return or not. The ending of Exit Music is very good as it shows as a very dark side of Rebus' psyche and the true nature of his relationship with Cafferty. From my point of view this is one of Rankin's best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Bowen on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book, like many of the previous books by Ian Rankin, focuses on Detective Inspector John Rebus, an alcoholic policeman who lives and works in Edinburgh. When the series started Rebus was a detective sergent. As the series progresses Rebus gets older (and, like many older people, stroppier and more opinionated). This book focuses on the 10 days before his retirement.

This book sees a Russian poet-cum-exile-cum-emigre seemingly killed in the street in the city center, after a night on the tiles. Rebus, and his sidekick D.S. Siobhan Clark, investigate the circumstances of his death. Was it a mugging gone wrong, or something more serious?

The entirety of the book is spent trying to discover whether or not the character was killed in a mugging. Rankin uses the real life death of Alexander Litvenenko in London as a tool to keep you guessing as long as possible about the real motive in this book. The attempt at balance works for a while, but if you've read mysteries you'll know whether the use of these real life events is relevant after about 70% of the book is read.

The book is probably the most linear thriller that I've read by Rankin in years. It has a clearly defined beginning, middle and end, and has fewer asides about Scotland and the Scottish than I've seen in ages. This makes the central story flow better, but if you like your Rebus books with "colateral colour," you might not enjoy it as much as you enjoy some other books that Rankin has written recently.

In short, if I were made to sum up this book in one sentence, this is a generally book which continues the improvement in the series that we have seen over the last few books in the series. It is much better than The Falls and Resurrection Men.
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