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Resurrection Men: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Ian Rankin
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Mar 2003 Inspector Rebus Mysteries
A new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Ian Rankin's novel. Rebus is ordered to join a team working on an old case, but someone on the team wants it to remain unsolved. Meanwhile, the murder of an art dealer draws Sergeant Clarke into an encounter with a notorious gangster - that Rebus is also investigating. "The Falls" was previously dramatised and released by Radio Collection, and this production is made by the same people. Bert Coules (who dramatised the Sherlock Holmes canon) is the adaptor, and the producer is Bruce Young for BBC Scotland.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316766844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316766845
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,056,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon Review

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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian, you've surpassed yourself! 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risen from the Falls 21 Jan 2002
After reading "The Falls", I almost felt that Rankin had written a lazy book. The Falls didn't havethe normal 2/3 stories running at once, not much of the supporting cast (Ormi, Linford, Big Ger) etc. Now, I realise that Rankin was in fact not being lazy, he was just penning his masterpeice, RESSURECTION MEN. I, unlike other readers, wasn't entirely sure of the outcome, until the very end. I was enthralled by the twists, by the wide range of charactures, esp. the new DC Davie. Siobahn gets a much greater billing (including the concluding chapter, a sign of things to come?) and you really feel what Rebus would be feeling, at each twist and turn. I loved it. It was easily his best novel, and much better than The Falls. Weak parts? None really..
Well done Ian Rankin. I for one, dont want the series to end.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen obviously isn't unlucky for Rankin! 10 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This is very possibly the best Rebus novel yet. I sped through this book in a quick three days (well, it SEEMED quick!) This is, in my opinion, the best Rebus novel Ian Rankin has yet written.
The writing is first class yet again. The plot is possibly the best i have come across in a Rebus novel. It's all very intriguing and puzzling, and very original. Rankin adds in a few great twists along the way, at one stage completely pulling the rug out from beneath the reader.
His characters are great, as always. the "Wild bunch" are a wonderfully drawn bunch of officers, each with a very different but nonetheless interesting personality.
DS Clarke is back again, taking an even more central role than she did previously in the Falls. It is truly intriguing to watch her become more and more like Rebus every book. And Rankin writes it so has been a gradual change, rather like a gigantic and sudden one, like some lesser writers might portray. Rankin has said that he plans to retire rebus in a couple of books, possibly with Clarke as his sucessor, although still maybe retaining Rebus in the background. I hope he does carry out this oft staten intention. It would be great to see how clarke is as the lead, and it would also be an experience to see a Rebus who is no longer bound by the rules of the police force, and is now free to do whatever he likes...
Rankin is a master of British (Scottish, if you wnat to be that pedantic) fiction. He is right up there with Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters, reginald Hill and Val McDermid. And he clealr yplans to stay there. That is certainly not something i shall ever come to lament.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for New Readers 3 Mar 2008
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrecting Rebus 21 Mar 2003
If starting out with Rankin, then don't start with 'Resurrection Men'.
This books delves deeper into what makes the detective, Rebus, tick and why he continues to punish and torment himself. It enters the realms of good cop, bad cop and good cop gone bad, etc, etc. You are in no doubt that Rebus is walking a tightrope between the two and fighting his demons at the same time, quite a challenge even for John Rebus.
With two cases running simultaneously, this book is less about the cases and the methods of solving the crime, suspects, motives or victims, it centres on the goings on within the force and some of it's dubious employees. With whistlestop tours of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, this certainly provides a 'Rough' Guide to Scotland, but you are left feeling that everyone got off the bus a stop early and you are wondering what you missed.
While Rebus' protegee, newly promoted DS Clarke, develops into an independent law enforcer, she is closely mirroring Rebus, but without the whisky. Meanwhile Rebus' relationship hasn't moved on, he is still analysing himself through the bottom of a drained tumbler.
As a fan of Rankin, I will always read and recommend his work, however this is not one of his greatest page turners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite Rebus novel
I've read lots of Inspector Rebus novels and enjoyed them all, however, I found this one difficult to follow at times. Worth a read but not the best.
Published 2 days ago by mlc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
rebus cant go wrong
Published 8 days ago by Sylvia Airey
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual High Standard
Typical Rankin Rebus story - i.e Excellent and difficult to put down.
Published 8 days ago by D G Sellick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Series
I am reading the Rebus books, in chronological order, from the beginning. For me the stories, though most of them are quite complex, are not the most important aspect of the books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Rankin at his best again. For anybody that knows Edinburgh, he brings the city to life. One of his best yet
Published 2 months ago by Sherry Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
I am so hooked on Ian Rankin's John Rebus. His books are just great and the closer you get to the end the more it is difficult to put them down.
Published 3 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and dangerous
An intricate story dark and dangerous with Rebus caught slap bang in the middle, torn between his personal demons and the danger of dealing with colleagues who are on the make and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Concise
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version
I got the hardback originally but it seems to have gone walkabout somehow, maybe some borrower lent it on to someone else? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kilrymont
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin - Resurrection Men
Bought these novels for my husband who loves and enjoys reading detective novel by this author, keep up the good work
Published 6 months ago by vickyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Men
A Realistic view of Scots policing!!I enjoyed a very good read and will try other books by ian Rankin l
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