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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: James Macpherson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781600244551
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It’s late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.

Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand their interests. And as Rebus’ investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.

Has Rebus overstepped his bounds for the last time? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The murder inquiry weaves and wanders at its own gait, stopping to consider such matters as the prospect of Scottish independence and the parallels between Scottish and Russian history, until Mr. Rankin suddenly picks up the pace. As ever, with consummate ease, he brings his story into sharp focus for its home stretch and shows how closely all the stories’ seemingly unrelated events were actually connected…Elegiac as it is, Exit Music sustains the series’ cranky pleasures.”

    New York Times

  • Exit Music is a fitting end to the career of one of the most beguiling characters in the history of crime fiction—not because the lowering of the final curtain finds the audience satisfied but because it leaves them gasping for more.”

    Times (London)

  • “This may be Rebus’ swan song, but every page crackles with energy.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Whatever he writes, it will be worth reading. What J. K. Rowling achieved in children’s fantasy—redefining the genre and changing publishing expectations—Rankin has achieved in detective fiction.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Rankin has an unparalleled ability to draw in the reader and make us feel every knock and setback in Inspector Rebus’ red-raw life. Rarely has that talent been better displayed than in Exit Music.”

    Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, October 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/17/2014

    " I sincerely hope this is not the last ever Rebus. It would be like losing a best friend after all these years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wwmrsweasleydo | 2/17/2014

    " A fitting end to an absorbing, wonderful series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/14/2014

    " Detective Inspector John Rebus is five days away from retirement when a famous Russian poet is beaten to death. Not looking forward to the sedentary retired life, Rebus plows into the new case with his usual intensity, butting heads with police chiefs, parliament, and mobsters alike. These Ian Rankin thrillers are suspenseful and entertaining. I can rarely put one down after beginning to read. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rankin descibes Scottish life and it's underbelly with unabashed realism through his stubborn, haunted, vice-ridden detective. Hopefully this isn't the last... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/8/2014

    " not bad. he has a good style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herzog | 1/25/2014

    " I'd always been somewhat ambivalent about this series, but what a terrific finish! I thought the pacing was phenomenal and the finish very suiting to the series. Rebus and Clarke's relationship matured wonderfully over the series course. Glad to see that Rankin has left us one more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/25/2014

    " My first Ian Rankin book and not the last. This was a clever plot and makes me wonder if Rebers is really retiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/15/2014

    " It looks like it's time for Detective Inspector Rebus to make room for the new generation. He had a good run "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/26/2013

    " Like candy. In this novel Rebus retires. But Rankin has a new Edinburgh detective. And in an interview on NPR this morning with Rankin, I learned that Rebus might return. I'll try the young guy in the meantime I'm sure. (Audiobook of course so I can enjoy the accent in the read.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 12/13/2013

    " Took me a long time to finish because I read it in too short chunks. He tried to save Big Ger Cafferty...when all he wanted him to be is dead. Or did he? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 11/15/2013

    " A Pow! ending to a great series. I'm going to miss Rebus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 9/24/2013

    " Classic Inspector Rebus, ended the series with the character intact, and the story just as wound up as previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Mckay | 6/7/2013

    " It held my interest until the cryptic ending. Interesting characters. I got the feeling that I should have read the first 16 Inspector Rebus novels to really appreciate this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/9/2013

    " What? Nooooo... Don't end it like that. I want more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 p | 12/25/2012

    " Farewell Rebus....you will be missed :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 8/28/2012

    " I can't believe that this is the last Rebus - I am heartbroken and could barely pick it up to start reading. A Rankin special but did it really have to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Gray | 12/23/2011

    " This may be my favorite series ever. It's sad to see it end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 11/13/2011

    " Just when I found Inspector Rebus, he was gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 10/3/2011

    " Very hard to understand the accent of Inspector Rebus, but that's ok seeing as how he's Scottish. Great. Kind of a depressing story though, based as it is on the retirement of Rebus. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 8/19/2011

    " Unfortunately, this story lacked interest over a pace too slow for my liking. I could not finish this novel because I kept falling asleep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy Amy Pink | 7/21/2011

    " Thank god thats over - its taken months and I never thought I'd have to mark a Rebus book so low, but this just didn't cut the mustard for me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mum | 6/29/2011

    " Superb - Ian Rankin gets better and better, sadly Rebus gets older and older! The one series I cannot fault. Enjoyed this immensely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 4/5/2011

    " Thank god thats over - its taken months and I never thought I'd have to mark a Rebus book so low, but this just didn't cut the mustard for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 3/24/2011

    " Like candy. In this novel Rebus retires. But Rankin has a new Edinburgh detective. And in an interview on NPR this morning with Rankin, I learned that Rebus might return. I'll try the young guy in the meantime I'm sure. (Audiobook of course so I can enjoy the accent in the read.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 3/5/2011

    " My first Inspector Rebus mystery. I like John Rebus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/11/2011

    " It's a Rebus novel ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/9/2011

    " Long and meandering. Glad it was CDs, let the words wash over me while I drive. Shows the painstaking work of detectives, lots of red herrings and dud clues. Are they always long and meandering, or was it because this one was Rebus' retirement? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/2/2011

    " Ian Rankin's best Rebus novel. Good characterizations, interesting case. And of course, Rebus himself, an old friend about to retire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 1/24/2011

    " met him at book signing. Discovered his books in 2004. Then went back at bought all the series to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/19/2010

    " THE BOOK WAS OK BUT DRAG N EVER GETTING TO THE POINT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rirza | 11/25/2010

    " I will miss u Rebus! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/4/2010

    " probably shouldn't listen to the last book in a long series first, but still, very enjoyable. yay for scottish narrators! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/27/2010

    " I listened to this book on tape while I was working out. Ok, for that kind of "reading." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/24/2010

    " Rebus - Stott love it another great Rankin read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/21/2010

    " A fitting finale for this series but is the door left open for a return as maybe a consultant or similar. One or two ends not tied off makes this a possibility.
    It seems strange that we shall not see this gritty, grumpy cop again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 10/7/2010

    " I've read all 17 Rebus novels. This is one of the best ones. Plenty of red herrings. Rebus reflects on his life outside work when he's a few days away from retiring. "

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About the Author
Author Ian RankinIan Rankin is the worldwide #1 bestselling writer of the Inspector Rebus books, including Knots and Crosses, Let It Bleed, Black and Blue, Set in Darkness, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, The Falls and Exit Music. He is also the author of The Complaints and Doors Open. He has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
About the Narrator

James MacPherson is a Scottish actor, best known for his role as Detective Michael Jardine in the STV drama Taggart, as well as his portrayal of Hugh Hamilton in BBC Radio 4’s hit drama series Citizens.