Death Is Not the End (Inspector John Rebus Series)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312261429
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2000
  • Series: Inspector John Rebus Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin
One of the most successful -- and bestselling -- Scottish crime authors around, Ian Rankin is perhaps most famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series, which has consistently topped the Sunday Times bestseller lists, and was adapted into a mega-popular television series across the pond.

Biography

"I grew up in a small coal-mining town in central Scotland. I was always interested in stories. Even though the town had no book stores (and my parents were not great readers), I made full use of the local library. It was mind-boggling to me that (at the age of 11 or 12) I could not gain access to a movie theatre to see such classics as The Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, or Straw Dogs, yet no one stopped me from borrowing these titles from my library. Books seemed to have about them a whiff of the illicit and the dangerous. That was all the encouragement I needed. I went to university in 1978, joined a punk band (on vocals), and continued to write a lot of song lyrics and poems. However, I found that my poems were actually 'telling stories', and so started to write short stories.

A few of these found publication and even won some awards. Then one story raged out of control and became my first novel. It was never published, but that didn't matter: I was now a novelist. I stumbled on Detective Inspector John Rebus by accident while attempting to write an update of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Rebus would be my Jekyll, his Hyde a character from his past. Along the way, I discovered that a cop is a good 'tool,' a way of looking at contemporary society, its rights and wrongs. Rebus, I decided, would stick around. Meantime, I finished unviersity, moved to London for four years (where I worked first as a college secretary, later as a hi-fi/audio journalist), then rural France for six years. Both my sons were born in France. By the time the oldest had reached school age, we'd decided to move back to Scotland. I now live and work in Edinburgh, and the Rebus novels have gone from strength to strength in terms of sales and recognition."

Author biography courtesy of Little, Brown & Company

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Before making it as an author Rankin held a wide variety of gigs, including working in a chicken factory, as a swineherd, a grape-picker, and a tax collector. He even performed as the frontman of the short-lived punk band, The Dancing Pigs.

He has broken Irvine Welsh and Iain Banks's records, with six titles in the Scottish top 10 bestseller list simultaneously.

His favorite/inspirational books include pretty much anything by James Ellroy, Ruth Rendell, and Raymond Chandler—plus classics of Scottish Literature such as Robert Louis Strevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other "desert island" titles include Martin Amis's Money, Anthony Burgess's Earthly Powers, Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time and Ian McEwan's First Love, Last Rites.

His favorite web site is http://www.oxfordbar.com — the official web site of Rebus's favourite Edinburgh tavern!

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Harvey
    2. Hometown:
      Edinburgh, London and France
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardenden, Scotland
    1. Education:
      Edinburgh University
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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Wanting More

    This novella seemed just about the right length for the story it told, but does not match up to a full length Rebus novel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Compelling police drama

    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. <P>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. <P>Harriet Klausner

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