It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence a delegation of Russian businessmen is in town - and everyone is determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically.
But the further they dig, the more Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke become convinced that they are dealing with something more than a random attack - especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Meanwhile a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster sees Rebus in the frame. Has the inspector taken a step too far in tying up those loose ends? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far?
©2007 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
Yes, the story's are complex and its always good to spot the things you missed the first time.
The relationship between Rebus and Clarke.
Yes and the way the novel just washes over you is a joy.
Not really its not that kind of novel
A good end to Rebus
This was Liz's Amazon account so it's her name on it. I'm husband Richard in reality. Please forgive the unintended deception. Love variety.
A good story from Rankin, with lashings of Edinburgh and red herrings. A side serving of sadness as Rebus faces his last case before retirement. (Full marks to Rankin for sticking with his promise to age Rebus in real time). Not that that, as anything else, stops Rebus from digging through all the leads in his own way, legal or not. Clarke has a bigger role than in some stories, in preparation for moving into her old boss's shoes. There's a new member of the team, too, stepping up from the uniformed ranks, keen for a move into CID; will he be up to the mark? As is often the way, Cafferty plays a role in the progress of events right up until the end of the novel.
James McPherson IS the voice of the Rebus stories, and continues his good work, with Taggart well in his past now. It would be strange for anyone else to do the honours at this point.
If you're a Rebus fan, I don't know why you're reading this, as you'll want it anyway; if you're not yet, then don't start here, go for a much earlier story. The character has developed over the years, and his relationship with Big Ger Cafferty has been through many forms which you'd be remiss not to understand. Whilst I haven't taken all the novels in historical order, I haven't strayed far from the created line.
Listen and enjoy!
In my opinion this is the best Rebus novel. Rankin nails the story and the voice acting is superb. James MacPherson owns the Rebus audiobooks and this is easily one if his best performances in a string of exemplary performances. This audio book is an example of when it all comes together. Brilliant stuff.
Exit Music - a great read
Rebus as usual at his best no towing the line for anyone.
Love the chemistry between Rebus & Clark
Brilliant narration byJames Macpherson
Very good book, I always enjoy the inspector Rebus books and am sad that he is retiring!
It was a good book but not excellant,
I found it very slow to begin with ,in fact I was a bit bored!
However luckily it improved in pace , and the story line improved with a typical very good ending!!
I am glad to see that he and Siobhan and old Mccaffertty will be back soon !
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