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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: James Macpherson Publisher: Hachette Book Group 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’s been 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 that her investigation of an art dealer’s murder is tied to Rebus’ inquiry, the two—protégé and mentor—join forces. Soon they find themselves in the midst of an even bigger scandal than they had imagined—a plot with conspirators in every corner of Scotland and deadly implications about their colleagues.

With the brilliant eye for character and place that earned him the name “the Dickens of Edinburgh,” Ian Rankin delivers a page-turning novel of intricate suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rankin keeps the action aboil and the dialogue blunt while putting readers through a Sherlockian effort to sort out clues. Where the other detectives wrap up the details in a pretty bow, Rebus gets his jobs done ‘with a tainted conscience, guilty deals, and complicity.’ For anyone who likes a good mystery with literary flair and without a sermon, this is an eminently satisfying read. Bottom line: Lively suspense.”


  • “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

  • “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 continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers.”

    Times (London)

  • “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

  • “Nuanced, detailed, and utterly convincing, with complex people and a plot to match, Resurrection Men is crime fiction at its best…An excellent book.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Ian Rankin and his hard-boiled Edinburgh cop, Inspector John Rebus, have finally and fully invaded America.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • 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, editorial review

  • “[Rankin’s] novels have a narrative drive that Chandler never matched. This new one is no exception, fully up to the high standard he has set himself.”

    Spectator (London)

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

    Time Out (UK)

  • Resurrection Men makes for addictive reading and should consolidate the reputation of…Ian Rankin as a crime writer of real talent.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “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

  • 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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