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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Tom Cotcher Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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Called required reading for crime-fiction followers by Booklist, The Naming of the Dead is Scottish writing sensation Ian Rankin's 16th thriller featuring Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus. It is dark, complex, and utterly gripping. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/18/2014

    " If you like detectives that don't follow police procedure you'll enjoy John Rebus, a detective with the police in Edinburg, Scotland. Rebus and his partner, Siobhan Clarke investigate the murders of three criminals in which no one really cares if the killer is caught. The investigation takes place during the G8 summit in Edinburg. The ending will absolutely knock your socks off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Ross | 2/15/2014

    " I L-O-V-E the Rebus books. Maybe because my husband is from Scotland! But they are taut, suspenseful and smart. Rebus pulls you into the story with simply a nod. I read many of these books when home recovering from an illness (on both audio book and printed book) and loved all of them. I love the flawed character of Rebus with both his hard nd soft edges - brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TheIron Paw | 1/28/2014

    " A murder (actually several) set amidst the demonstrations and riots of the G8 Summit near Edinburgh in 2005. I gather Rankin novels are often dark, or at least portray a dark image of Edinburgh (this was my first Rankin read) but this one struck me as somewhat lighthearted and tongue in cheek, what with cameo appearances by George Bush (dangerous man on a bicycle) and Bob Geldoff. Nevertheless the plot is intricate and the protagonist iconoclastic and curmudgeonly (do all British police detectives come with major character flaws? e.g. Colin Dexter's Insp. Morse). A good read for fans of crime/mystery fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa Eger | 1/27/2014

    " Great story set during the G8 summit in Edinburgh, 2005. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Thielen | 1/26/2014

    " I don't usually read this author, but this story which takes place during a G8 meeting in Edinburgh with the dynamic between the police and the protesters was really well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/21/2014

    " Ian Rankin takes a hiatus/closes his Rebus series in The Naming of the Dead. Set amidst the G8 summit at Glen Eagles a few years back, Rebus is on the outskirts, facing retirement and watching nearly everyone turn their back on him ... with the possible exception of Shiobhan, who rightly comes into her own in this book. Rankin is a master of setting and character. Edinburgh, Glen Eagles, and the "Clootie Well" seethe with life, and Rebus, Shiobhan and the rest of the cast are the aging, flawed, bruised bunch that just won't give up. I have a hard time recalling any other group of characters that have remained with me long after the book is finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/12/2014

    " not great,lost the plot towards the end.not a real page turner for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/30/2013

    " this penultimate Rebus story has a satisfying conclusion. one of the things that i like about Ian Rankin's writing is that everything isn't always wrapped up in a neat little package. there are messy bits, just like real life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 False Millennium | 12/23/2013

    " Still reading through Rankin's body of work. I don't seem to enjoy the Rebus books as much when they focus on a particular topic, such as immigration reform, or in this case, a world power summit and the corruption of politics. I've probably got about eight more to read and I'm caught up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 12/22/2013

    " Rankin goes above the usual greatness here. What with the G8 goings on and such it feels as though Rebus is living in a wider world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 11/29/2013

    " Way-y-y-y too many coincidences, but I really enjoyed this meaty character-driven mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 11/26/2013

    " I started reading this when it first came out but didn't finish until September 2007. I don't know why I ever put it down. Rankin's writing style is one to be jealous of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/5/2013

    " Enjoyed it but not as much as others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scubabarb | 7/8/2013

    " Read first 100 pages - just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 7/8/2013

    " I enjoyed it but think it's probably a good thing Rankin retired off Rebus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/17/2013

    " Good stuff, expands Siobhan's character a bit. Not quite as riveting as the stunning "Exit Music," but solid Rankin/Rebus and a nice interweaving of stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/28/2013

    " Very edgy, very gritty. Set during the G-8 conference in Edinburgh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poietes | 11/22/2012

    " I loved this book. It's Inspector Rebus at his best. The plot is paced well, and the characterization is flawless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Denham | 9/29/2012

    " Yet another great Rankin book, if not a little self conciously scattered with modern reference points! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Mitchell | 6/13/2012

    " Rankin on top form again, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 4/23/2012

    " Better connected plot throughout, using the two main characters to thread the story effectively. Gave a good perspective as to what was happening with the G8 at the time and making it relevant to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaylol | 3/27/2012

    " Thinking back the story was good. The characters are good. The plot is good. But for some reason it took me ages to read it. It wasn't entertaining enough to get me hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Benge | 2/8/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Wheeler | 10/19/2011

    " One of the better detective series writers. Having lived in Edinburgh and Fife, where much of the action takes place, Ian Rankin gives a good feel for the place and people. And of course, Inspector Rebus is such a well-created character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/10/2011

    " always a good read. Sometimes the twists were a bit too hard for me to follow and remember which character was which...and I didn't care for the cliffhanger ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/12/2011

    " I actually liked this book quite a bit, more so than the other 4 books of his I have read. If you like mysteries it is a good read, set during an international monetary conference. I continue to admire Inspector Rebus's values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corinna | 2/2/2011

    " Another solid police procedural starring one of my favorite cranky characters -- DI John Rebus. Set during the G8 Summit, some interesting incorporation of politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/26/2010

    " Loved this book it was a birthday gift and I read it almost non stop it's another Rankin masterpiece, I really enjoy the stories with the grumpy cynical DI John Rebus and this book didn't dissapoint. Could have been complicated and then for me boring but it all followed on and flowed so well. "

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

    " Local and international politics and a side of terrorism invade Scotland...and Rebus is out of the picture. Or is he?

    Rebus finds new ways to break the rules with his cohort in ... policing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 8/19/2010

    " Enjoyed this a lot. I had actually seen the TV version of this book already, but it didn't spoil the story. As you would expect there are a few more intricacies in the book which the TV show had skipped over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 8/2/2010

    " This book goes on and on and on... You get the picture. I've almost finished it, so I'll plow on to the very end to find who the serial killer is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jglhome | 6/27/2010

    " A really intelligent mystery series about a hardened lonely Edinburgh Detective Investigator, John Rebus. This one is particularly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/10/2010

    " Wow. What an accent the reader had. It was an abridged version and between the accent and possibly missing a bit here and there with the abridgement it wasn't all that good a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/10/2010

    " Almost engaging. Normally don't bother finishing a 3 star but since this was set in Edinbourgh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 5/22/2010

    " Listened. Good recording! I've now "read" the last 2 in the series and wish I had discovered it sooner. Might have to loop back. Complex mystery with some depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/30/2010

    " This was a book on CD and I've already forgotten what it was about. "

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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.