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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (29 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752844059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752844053
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 904,890 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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Success has a price, and the remarkable acclaim (both critical and commercial) that greeted the gritty Edinburgh-set crime novels of Ian Rankin has set the author a considerable problem. How does he maintain the freshness of detail and atmosphere that have made his books such riveting reading? And how does he keep his tough detective DI John Rebus from degenerating into a series of mannerisms? If Raymond Chandler grew tired of Philip Marlowe and Conan Doyle of Holmes, Rankin would have been in good company if he gave up on Rebus. Fortunately, his belief in the character clearly remains as powerful as ever, and The Falls is the most impressive Rebus novel in many a moon. The detective's personal problems--overused of late--are wisely sidelined in order to concentrate on a highly intriguing (and topical) plot.

When a student vanishes in Edinburgh, there is pressure on Rebus to find her, particularly as she is the scion of a family of extremely rich bankers. Needless to say, this is more than just the case of a spoilt rich girl breaking out of the cage of family responsibilities, and a carved wooden doll in a coffin found in her home village leads Rebus to the Internet role-playing game that she was involved in. And when DC Siobhan Clarke, a key member of Rebus' team, tackles the Virtual Quizmaster, Rankin finds himself struggling to save her from the same fate as the missing girl.

Consummate plotting has always been Rankin's trademark, and that skill is put to maximum use here. The balance between developing the characterisation of the ill-assorted team of coppers that Rebus assembles and the labyrinthine twists of the plot is maintained with an iron hand, and Rankin's mordant eye remains as keen as ever:

"You okay, John?" Curt reached out a hand and touched his shoulder. Rebus shook his head slowly, eyes squeezed shut. Curt didn't make it out the first time, so Rebus had to repeat what he said next: "I don't believe in heaven." That was the horror of it. This life was the only one you got. No redemption afterwards, no chance of wiping the slate clean and starting over. Rebus said "There is no justice in the world." "You'd know more about that than I would", Curt replied.

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

Review

There was a huge amount of media coverage for the launch of the new Rebus starring everyone's favourite - Ken Stott. It was broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday 2 January It was Pick of the Day in in: DAILY TELEGRAPH SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Seven THE TIMES SUNDAY TIMES THE INDEPENDENT THE INDEPENDENT - THE INFORMATION THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY MAIL ON SUNDAY OBSERVER SUNDAY EXPRESS - S magazine DAILY MIRROR HEAT TIME OUT GLASGOW HERALD magazine SUNDAY HERALD (Pick of the Week) There were profile interviews with Ken Stott in RADIO TIMES and THE TIMES There was a mention in Jim Shelly's column in DAILY MIRROR. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Rankin combines history (references to Burke and Hare and the tiny coffins found on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in 1836 and thought by some to have been left as a memorial to the victims of aforementioned duo), and up to the minute internet e-mail gaming to produce one of the better Rebus thrillers. Rebus is his usual shambolic self, breaking the rules, drinking too much too often and yet still managing to start a relationship! Siobhan Clarke gets a more prominent role as she starts to get hooked on the internet game set by "The Quizmaster" who may or may not be the abductor of a privileged university student. The nitty gritty police work undertaken as the officers search for the student allows Rankin to introduce a variety of characters which sets you racing to the finish in order to discover the level of significance they each hold (or don't hold). All this combines to make "The Falls" an exciting read with many a twist and turn. I was gripped from the outset, I enjoyed the historical element and felt it added to the tension of the fictional story. The tiny Arthur's Seat coffins can be seen in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and are all the more spooky for the fictional links Rankin introduces in this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2001
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If you like Rebus, you'll love this novel. One of Rankin's best, right up there with BLACK AND BLUE & THE HANGING GARDEN. And there's an added bonus: the intriguing development of side-kick Siobhan Clarke. Is Ian Rankin grooming her as the next Clarice Starling? Can't wait to see ...
THE PLOT. When a young student disappears, something in Rebus's gut tells him she's not a runaway. For a start, she comes from a super-rich family. But there's also an intriguing clue: a coffin of a wooden doll found near her home. So Rebus embarks with Siobhan Clarke on an investigation that spans age-old crimes and modern technology in an Edinburgh built (almost literally) on the graves of the dead ...
I loved the use of Edinburgh, the old granite lady herself, as virtually an extra character. The premise that certain haunting places produce (and reproduce) particular crimes is one also brilliantly used in Dexter Dias's thriller "Power of Attorney", only that Dias uses London to equally compelling effect. James Lee Burke uses Montana similarly in "Bitterroot".
This is the best Rebus for some time. I can't recommend it too highly.
And if you like Rebus, I'd also strongly recommend Dias's cop/lawyer David Kilkenny in "Power of Attorney" and Billy Bob Holland in "Bitterroot".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2003
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Well not quite - as Rebus devotees might guess all the techie stuff is handled by Siobhan Clarke while Rebus concentrates on delving into the past. All the usual elements are in place - and the City of Edinburgh remains one of Rankins strongest charachters - though Rebus does seem to be mellowing a little with age.
Rankin is really a novelist who happens to write genre fiction and much of the pleasure is in the characterisation and backround detail. The plot is good, Rankin has clearly done his reasearch an the internet stuff stands up pretty well (I work in IT and often find the attempts of authors to work the internet in laughable). However the whole thing isn't quite up to the his best work but still a must for every Rebus fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. F. McDonald on 3 Dec. 2012
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The Falls rambles on page after page,culminating in a brief 20 page sprint finish

All of the original Rebus books seem to have been dredged for storyline then copied verbatim

Pleased "Arthurs Seat" yet again gets a mention as a murder scene and the Waters of Leith also get into the picture.

This is a book that I tried very hard to become interested in but the repetetive inclusion of the coffins and their twisted link to the plot became more of a "Oh not again" sort of reaction.

Gill Templar, Siobhan, Hi Ho Silver and the other stooges are all there seeming not to be able to function without the meanderings of John Rebus, who in the end hopefully rides off into the sunset forever with yet another of the educated ladies he seems to get into bed with.

Not a good read but now seem typical of the "sausage machine" output of Mr Rankins pen
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
A strong, plot-driven murder mystery and a further look into the life of John Rebus, and increasingly, the equally strong Siobhan Clarke.
Rebus's character has developed brilliantly, and the way characters from previous novels appear again is deftly handled, almost like a crime Dance to the Music of Time.
It's not the strongest in the series, perhaps because of the lack of a more apparent nemesis for Rebus, either in the police force or in the crime underworld. That said, the standard of the series is so incredibly high that this is not intended as a slight.
Highly recommended if you've already read Rebus, but if not, start at least with Black and Blue, if not at the beginning of the series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Oh my, what a book. This is the best Rebus mystery yet, and by some distance. Rankin brilliantly interweaves a number of plotlines (again) and opens up the book (and the series) by giving other characters starring roles. Clearly, Siobhan Clarke is being groomed to take over as the star of the show when Rebus is forced to retire (or Rankin is forced to retire Rebus). Long may this series of fine detective novels continue...
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