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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (22 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877211
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,623 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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Rebus is back. Resurrection Men, the 13th DI Rebus novel, finds Ian Rankin’s doughty detective off the case. He explodes at his superior DCS Gill Templar over the increasingly frustrating murder inquiry into the savage killing of an Edinburgh art dealer and his punishment is a spell cooling his heels at the Scottish Police College in central Scotland. Rebus balks at his "retraining" but he’s not alone: he’s part of an ill-assorted group of similar officers--all with an attitude problem and a dislike of the institution they find themselves in. Given an old unsolved case to work on the group is obliged to polish up their teamwork while supervisors assess the reprobates. But some of the team have secrets not unconnected to the case they’ve been handed and Rebus finds that anything goes when it comes to keeping the past obscured.

This is Rankin in top form with Rebus rejuvenated by the edgy new milieu he’s dropped into. Complicating things, the Scottish Crime Squad asks Rebus to act as a link to someone who can deliver the inside dirt on an old nemesis, gangster "Big Ger" Cafferty. In Edinburgh, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke has to take over the case of the murdered art dealer and, like Rebus, finds herself getting closer to the unpleasant Mr Cafferty. Forget the miscast John Hannah in the TV movies, this is the real Rebus: gritty, idiomatic and etched in prose that wastes nae a word in its redefining of the crime novel. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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 Leed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Wow - what a start to the New Year! Rebus is my hero, and here he is, as crabbit and wasted as ever. Like many others, I stayed up late on Hogmanay, and into the wee small hours of the New Year, but this year I wasn't partying. Instead I absent-mindedly kissed my husband at midnight, and went straight back to my book.
I have devoured all of the Rebus books so far, and "Resurrection Men" must be one of the best crime novels ever written. A twisting, paranoid tale (as Rebus himself quotes, "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you...") A story of bent cops, an old case dredged out of Rebus's past, and DS Clarke becoming more and more like her mentor. I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 3 Mar. 2008
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A mug full of tea flies through the air just missing the head of the Detective in charge. This time grumpy loner Rebus has gone too far and rather than being given early retirement he is sent on a refresher course to retrain alongside several other fallen coppers. When he arrives they are given a cold case to try and solve that Rebus remembers all too well. Is there more to his retraining than first meets the eye? Meanwhile Siobhan, Rebus' police partner, has been left on a case investigating the death of an art dealer. Does the cold case and this new case have any reflection on one another and why does Rebus' nemesis' name keep popping up?

`Resurrection Men' is the first Ian Rankin novel that I have read and perhaps reading them out of sequence is a mistake. The story is a slow burn and is reliant more on the characters and their motives that an actual story. The relations ship between Rebus and Cafferty keeps reoccurring and as someone who has no prior knowledge of their interaction it left me cold. However, I can imagine that fans will enjoy their to and fro. The mystery itself is reasonable, but a little slow for my liking, a lot of the book follows British police procedure to the letter and that can be a little dull. I will aim to read the rest of the books in order so that I can develop a closer link with the characters. However, for new readers I do not think this is a good introduction to the Rebus books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2009
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"Resurrection Men [Abridged] Audio CD" is read by its Scots author, Ian Rankin, and James Macpherson, of Glasgow, and heaven knows, they've got that authentic Scottish burr. (Americans, beware!!) "Resurrection Men" is the fifteenth in the Detective Inspector John Rebus police procedural series by the outstanding, increasingly appreciated Scots author Ian Rankin. In contrast to most Scots mystery writers at work now, Rankin sets his best-of-tartan-noir universe in the east coast Edinburgh, rather than 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. 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.

As the book opens, Rebus has been sent undercover to Tulliallan Police College, where recruits are trained, and troublesome older officers sent to resurrect their careers. Sir David Strathern, chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, Rebus's permanent posting, suspects several of the officers currently at the college are dirty, and he wants Rebus to find the proof. To Rebus, of course, this is a difficult assignment. Aside from the obvious, St. Leonard's, his station house, is in the midst of an engrossing enquiry: Edward Marber, local art dealer, has been done in, and many of the usual suspects are known to Rebus. The policeman finds the college assignment doubly difficult because, for the unsolved case the officers there are always given to work, they're given a case they've never been given before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pphillips on 8 Sept. 2014
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Resurrection Men is the thirteenth in the Rebus series written by Ian Rankin and in my opinion it is one of the best.

Right from the start Rankin establishes that this book is very much a fifty-fifty split between our hero and his understudy Siobhan Clark. No longer working on the same cases but from different angles like in previous books, the two are now not even in the same police station for the majority of this book.

Rebus is back in training as his temper has finally got the better of him. Whilst looking into the murder of a local art dealer, Rebus’s frustration reaches boiling point and he throws a cup of tea at his commanding officer. Finally having gone too far he is banished to the Scottish Police College for retraining leaving Siobhan and the team to attempt to solve the murder without him.

I found this book to be a very, very good read. All the usual elements of an Ian Rankin book are present. The story as usual is intricate and moved along at a very fast pace and at times I found myself just as confused as Rebus as to who the good guys and who the bad guys were.

All in all I found this to be a very satisfying read and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this to any fan of the crime genre and to Rebus fans in particular.
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