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Janet MaslinIn format, this final installment is no different from the classic, ambling mysteries that have made Rebus so wildly popular. It starts small, with the discovery that a Russian dissident poet has been murdered in Edinburgh. Then it allows that event to shoot off the usual tangle of tentacles that complicate a Rebus investigation. The murder inquiry weaves and wanders at its own gait, stopping to consider such matters as the prospect of Scottish independence and the parallels between Scottish and Russian history, until Mr. Rankin suddenly picks up the pace. As ever, with consummate ease, he brings his story into sharp focus for its home stretch and shows how closely all the stories' seemingly unrelated events were actually connected…Elegiac as it is Exit Music sustains the series's cranky pleasures.
—The New York Times