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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: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597106382
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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's 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's 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

    People

  • “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.”

    GQ

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 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 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 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 Tina | 1/25/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 False Millennium | 1/11/2014

    " I still reading my way through Rankin. I wish I had followed my normal pattern, reading an author chronologically. As it turns out, I'll be reading his earliest books last. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one very much. He always seeks new aspects of Rebus and his work crew in the field of crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kip | 1/3/2014

    " My first reading of Rankin's Rebus character. As detective stories go, so so. Good characters throughout. Would read more if I came across it, but won't seek it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/29/2013

    " One of the best Rebuses so far. I'm sooo hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/13/2013

    " A friend gave this book to me for Christmas one year and I loved it. I love the mixture of police story/mystery, character development, and tutorial on all things Scottish. So of course I had to go to the beginning to figur out how our Rebus got to this point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 10/27/2013

    " I thought Exit Music was better. But I really like the characters and am not going to give up on DI Rebus just yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Kaech | 10/19/2013

    " Recommended by my friend Bo White, this was a great read filled with some dark comedy and Holmes-ian crime mysteries. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably continue making my way through the rest of the Rebus series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Secor | 9/11/2013

    " Four star journey - Two star ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 9/1/2013

    " He is a great detective writer. His hero Rebus is a character who is all too human and very likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregg | 8/27/2013

    " Decent police story, but it never quite grabbed me. The characters never really seemed three dimensional and the dialog was occaissionally a little stilted. It was the first John Rebus book I've read, and I'm not in a hurry to pick up another one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/12/2013

    " Ian Rankin is a mystery novelist who explores the tangled lives and confusing paradoxes of a modern policeman. His outlook is dark and his protagonist John Rebus lives up to his puzzling name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 6/21/2013

    " Good crime thriller read. Keen to read the preceding books to encouter more of the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Field | 6/2/2013

    " A great way to waste a few summer days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Lutzenhiser | 4/27/2013

    " Great mystery. Rebus is sent to a remedial police academy for misfits. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2012

    " My first Ian Rankin and I was very happy with it! Can't believe I've waited so long to read him. Great characters. I enjoy policing stories and Rankin does a great job. The corruption angle was well done and I liked the way things were tied together in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Conrad | 7/5/2012

    " Excellent, but I was reading it from the library of a cruise-ship and the cruise ended before I finished the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 11/4/2011

    " This is my favorite of all the John Rebus books. As I have occasion to do, I read it twice! A few years apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 7/27/2011

    " I love it :) With every book I read I like Rankin's books more and more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Barsotti | 4/28/2011

    " I really like Rankin's series with Inspector Rebus. I have not enjoyed his other characters as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Wade | 3/21/2011

    " Not the best or the worst of the Rebus books. An enjoyable read though. Again, as with the previous two books, DS Shiobhan plays a large part of the book and her gradual transformation into a female Rebus is almost complete. Ending was a bit of a let down, but overall good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/21/2011

    " Great book! I love the way Rankin can weave muliti plot threads together into a great ending. yet another winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Brant | 2/9/2011

    " What sets this mystery apart from so many others is its attention to detail....the food, the cars, the wardrobe, the gestures. Most of the time I find myself skimming New York Bestseller type mysteries, but with this book, you need to take your time or you will miss what makes it notable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/8/2011

    " I like the flawed main character, John Rebus. He's an alcoholic, divorced middle aged male who is smart, experienced as a detective and clever. It's a good read. Ian Rankin, author, has many Rebus stories. It's a good one to take on a trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helaine | 1/13/2011

    " Interesting how the TV series had to simplify this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kip | 10/23/2010

    " My first reading of Rankin's Rebus character. As detective stories go, so so. Good characters throughout. Would read more if I came across it, but won't seek it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alwyn | 10/12/2010

    " Overrated. How this book beat OUT (by Kirino) is a great mystery in itself? The only plausible reason is that OUT is not really a mystery book.

    Read Ian Rankin only if you are really into police books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2010

    " It was very good and Rankin is truly a gifted writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/28/2010

    " Recommended by my friend Bo White, this was a great read filled with some dark comedy and Holmes-ian crime mysteries. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably continue making my way through the rest of the Rebus series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/12/2010

    " Oops, Rebus' temper got the better of him and the force got the better of him by sending him off for anger management classes leaving Siobhan handling the art dealer's murder.

    Rankin has got more twists and turns...and he is just not put-downable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 8/31/2010

    " Enjoyed the book, thought the mystery was well plotted. Liked the Inspector Rebus character. My only complaint is that I picked what turns out to be #13 (I think) in the series and would rather have started with #1. My fault. I'll have to find the earlier ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 7/10/2010

    " 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 Debbie | 5/27/2010

    " I took this as a holiday read and I have to admit that I have seen the TV adaptation of this and it's nothing like the book, (but arent they always). But I like the Rebus Character and love reading these books and it didn't take me long to pile through this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/7/2010

    " How many stars should I give a book that I was too bored to finish? I'm not sure why, but I never connected with this one. The only other "Rebus" one I've read (Knots & Crosses) was pretty "meh" too. "

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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.