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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Joe Dunlop Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date:
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Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time, so badly that he is sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. While there among the last-chancers known as “resurrection men,” he joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates. But the group has been assigned an unsolved murder that may have resulted from Rebus’ own mistake. Now Rebus can’t determine if he’s been set up for a fall or if his disgraced classmates are as ruthless as he suspects.

When Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke discovers her investigation of an art dealer’s murder is tied to Rebus’ inquiry, the two—protege and mentor—join forces. Soon they find themselves in the midst of an even bigger scandal than they imagined—a plot with conspirators in every corner of Scotland and deadly implications about their colleagues.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively suspense…An eminently satisfying read…Rankin keeps the action aboil.”


  • “Although a reader could get dizzy trying to follow all the permutations of the three multilayered cases, Rebus not only finds the hidden connections but also manages to keep his footing in the shifting moral landscape. That, they don’t teach in cop school.”

    New York Times

  • “Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus books have brought him worldwide acclaim for their vividly drawn characterizations and intricate, compelling plots…Resurrection Men is a gritty, edgy, suspenseful story in which loyalties aren’t always what they seem—and death is often very, very close.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “A solid police procedural whose protagonist, the hero of fourteen other titles in this internationally acclaimed series, continues to grow on readers who are just discovering him.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Ian Rankin has found a way to infuse the police procedural with the raw exuberance of rock ’n’ roll.”


  • “Rankin at his best and, boy, that’s saying something.”

    Time Out

  • “Rankin’s novels are skillful, serious, and eminently readable…If you haven’t experienced Inspector Rebus, Resurrection Men is a good place to start.”

    Washington Post

  • “Rankin masterfully controls the many characters as they conduct each investigation and depicts the minutiae of police business until they feel as familiar as our own daily routine. By now, John Rebus is as finely wrought as any character in the field, and Siobhan Clarke’s struggle to balance career ambitions with her sense of justice creates for us a multidimensional heroine. In Resurrection Men, both police officers, and Rankin, shine.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Rankin’s clever plot is…played out with suspense, humor, and a clever eye for detail.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “An extraordinarily rich addition to crime literature.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Rankin's moody Inspector John Rebus, unorthodox pride of the Edinburgh police, begins this latest installment in hot water…In Rankin’s skillfully woven plotting [is] full of his trademark tough, oblique dialogue, and sudden moments of touching warmth…[Rankin] leaves most police procedurals at the gate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A top author in the UK, where he sells more than Stephen King or John Grisham, Rankin cooks up more trouble for Inspector John Rebus. This time, the disgraced Rebus is trying to solve a murder he unwittingly may have caused when he realizes that a protégé’s case may be related.”

    Library Journal

  • “Rankin has been rightfully celebrated for his mastery of mood and character in his brooding series of ‘Tartan noir’ procedurals. But he hasn’t received enough credit for his plotting abilities. Many mystery authors run parallel plots, bringing them together in the end, but Rankin adds several layers of texture by having the plots feed off one another…Rankin makes the connections between his plot strands ingeniously and subtly, adding depth not only to the story but also to the way the action reveals the souls of the characters. This installment in a truly groundbreaking series is more a straightforward procedural, less an exploration into the heart of darkness, than some of its predecessors, but it’s still A-level crime writing from one of the best in the business.”


  • “Rankin keeps topping his own best work, this time by juicing up the plot with more twists than the Amalfi Drive, giving Siobhan more to do, and having Rebus revisit old graves and overlooked mistakes en route to a kind of resurrection.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Joe Dunlop’s reading gives a genuine voice to each character, down to the slightest differences in Scottish accent. His perfect pacing makes it possible to follow the intricately twisting plot, and his poetic cadence is sheer pleasure. Seventeen hours is a commitment, but Rankin is a master storyteller, and Dunlop brings an unusual level of intimacy to his finely tuned performance, making this time well spent.”


  • Winner of the 2004 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teresa Mills-clark | 2/17/2014

    " I liked recognizing many of the places in Edinburgh and that it was a straight forward "who done it". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gregory Louis | 2/15/2014

    " Good read, slow moving but interesting in developing the Rebus character, although it appears I am reading him in reverse sequence! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adithyajones | 2/4/2014

    " A good mystery my Rankin where by he is able to depict realistically the inner workings of Scotland police department.The novel is slow moving,take its time to build up suspense,but has to give credit to the writer that he has been able to provide a satisfactory climax. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tina | 1/25/2014

    " I love Ian Rankin; his inspector, John Rebus, is one of my favorite characters. "

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