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Janet MaslinA 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