Death Is Not the End (Inspector John Rebus Series)

Death Is Not the End (Inspector John Rebus Series)

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by Ian Rankin
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Heather O'Donoghue
Ian Rankin is widely, and rightly regarded as the leading make crime writer in Britain...Rankin's plotting is clever, dense and subtle.
The Times Literary Supplement
Kirkus Reviews
Like CD singles, which ask a little less money for a lot less music, this initial entry in Otto Penzler's new Criminal Records series is far from a bargain page-wise. Still, Rankin manages to cram an impressive amount of conflict into about a quarter of his usual space. Inspector John Rebus has two cases. The first is standard investigative stuff—get the goods on Topper Hamilton, an ex-con who's reputedly become a silent partner in an Edinburgh casino. Rebus's boss, Chief Superintendent Watson, wants Topper bad—bad enough to lean on Rebus to lean on his pet snitch to bend his code of ethics: snitch on the customers but not on the boss. The second case is more delicate: find the son of his lost love, Janis Playfair, now married to his boyhood friend, Brain Mee, who vanished from the radar screen while standing next to an ethereal blond at the bar of a local club. As casino and club move toward their inevitable crossing, Rankin gives an impressively atmospheric glimpse into a world of stylish young punters and "women scented from heaven and all points south." What's sacrificed is any real detection: both cases resolve themselves more or less without Rebus's help, leaving him to resume his interminable courtship of colleague Siobhan Clarke. Readers may recognize subplots from Dead Souls (1999), published earlier but written later using what Rankin acknowledges as "cannibalized" material. The Criminal Records series offers fans a choice, but caveat lector: don't buy the same book twice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312261429
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/07/2000
Series:
Inspector John Rebus Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.58(d)

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Death Is Not the End 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This novella seemed just about the right length for the story it told, but does not match up to a full length Rebus novel.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Scotland-based Detective Inspector John Rebus works two cases. One involves the disappearance of the twenty-three year old son of a woman John once loved. John¿s boss Chief Superintendent Watson assigns him the task of providing a special birthday present: evidence to send Topper Hamilton to jail. John considers both cases personal for different reasons.

DEATH IS NOT THE END is a compelling dark police drama that keeps reader interest from the first page to the last. The story line contains a complex plot and deep characterizations than normally found in a novella, but not at the level found in Ian Rankin¿s novels. Although a short work, it retains a powerful punch, leaving fans with the dilemma of considering the price tag.

Harriet Klausner