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Title:
Death is not the end : an Inspector Rebus novella
Author:
Rankin, Ian.
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Edition:
First St. Martin's Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur , 2000.

©1998
Physical Description:
73 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312261429
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For readers unfamiliar with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin's longer works, this special edition novella is the perfect opportunity to get to know Rankin and his unforgettable creation, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus fans, it is an opportunity to follow him as he explores a subplot from his most recent outing, Dead Souls. When his high-school sweetheart calls him out of the blue, Rebus agrees to track down her missing son, who was last seen at a bar owned by some shady mob-linked gangsters. His pursuit takes him through an Edinburgh beyond the tartan tearooms and cobbled streets of the tourist brochures, a modern city boasting a variety of criminals and their victims. As Rebus contemplates the lurking immortality of his own city, Rankin offers readers page-turning suspense and astonishing literary grace.


Author Notes

Ian Rankin lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Born in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He is the author of the much translated, bestselling Inspector Rebus Series whose first Rebus novel was published in 1987.

Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for 'Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

Rankin is a contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review' and also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'. He recently received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This entry in the Criminal Records series of novellas, edited by Otto Penzler, finds Edinburgh copper John Rebus on the trail of a crooked casino owner and, in his free time, helping an old girlfriend track down her vanished son. (As Rankin notes in an afterword, the missing-son story line was adapted as a subplot in the full-length Rebus novel Dead Souls [BKL S 15 99]). Rebus is a private man, not willing to share his inner demons, and the brush with his past brings him closer to his feelings than he usually allows. All the strengths of the Rebus novels--an uncompromising view of inner-city crime, full-bodied characters on both sides of the law--are in evidence in this shorter form. Rebus fans who have read Dead Souls will enjoy comparing the two versions of the missing-son story, but the tale could also function as an introduction to the Rebus novels. An ongoing series of crime novellas would make a welcome addition to the genre. --Bill Ott


Publisher's Weekly Review

Using a subplot from his last Inspector Rebus novel (1999's Dead Souls), Gold Dagger Award-winner Rankin demonstrates at novella length why his Edinburgh policeman stands at the forefront of contemporary detectives. When 23-year-old Damon Mee vanishes from Gaitanos, a popular Kirkcaldy nightclub, the young man's parents naturally ask Insp. John Rebus for help. The father went to school with Rebus, while the mother turns out to be the inspector's old flame Janis, "the only girl in his long and trouble-strewn life who'd ever managed to knock him unconscious." Locating a missing person suddenly becomes personal, as Rebus broods over the past, wondering what might have happened had he and Janis stayed together. Might the recently engaged Damon be having his own doubts about love and marriage? A stakeout of Gaitanos leads Rebus to Richard Mandelson, a shady casino manager who drives a gold Rolls-Royce. Meanwhile, Matty Paine, a croupier in Mandelson's employ, is under pressure from his boss to approach his friend Stevie Scoular, the star of the Edinburgh Rangers football team, about throwing their next game. When Rebus also asks Matty (whom he once got off a drunk-driving charge) for a favor, he finds his investigation taking an unexpected twist. Taut exposition, wry dialogue and deft plotting, together with an insider's view of the seedy underside of Edinburgh, combine to make a superior thriller, well deserving its status as part of the Criminal Records series of novellas, edited by Otto Penzler. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved