July 2005, and the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland. With daily marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector John Rebus, however, has been sidelined, until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides with clues that a serial killer may be on the loose. The authorities are keen to hush up both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of global importance. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules.
©2007 John Rebus Limited; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.
"A book with this many plot elements risks becoming amorphous and overcomplicated. But Mr. Rankin doesn't get lost that way. In his backhanded, reluctant way Rebus winds up uniting all the book's loose ends, and seeing how he accomplishes this is a pleasure. Besides, The Naming of the Dead isn't really about its detective plot. It's about Rebus's taking stock, not only of his own past but also of the world around him." (The New York Times)
I read this on a very long train journey and have to say it wasn't as good as the last Rankin I read (Blood Hunt).
It's funny, when you take in a book almost all in one go like that, you notice just how many stock phrases an author has that he returns to again and again.
I enjoyed this book, probably more than the more recent, "standing in another man's grave". Rebus is his usual irrascible self... but that's what makes Rebus and I'm sure Rebus fans will love it just that way. I liked the setting of the G8 which rendered the whole investigation more complex.
A slow-paced story with several threads that eventually get pulled together at the climax. I enjoyed the quality of the writing more than the plot, which almost seemed to take second place to Rebus and Siobhan's lives, and the surrounding events of the Gleneagles summit and 7/7
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