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BOOK REVIEW: THE NAMING OF THE DEAD
BY IAN RANKIN

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It is July, 2005 and the G-8 Summit is being held in Edinburgh. The police have their hands full, not only dealing with security to protect the many world leaders attending the summit but, trying to keep the protestor demonstrations peaceful.

Inspector John Rebus has a reputation so he is being kept a safe distance away with the job of manning an empty police station.

Everything seems to change when a politician falls to his death from the Edinburgh Castle. This kind of publicity would not be good at an important time like this and Rebus is pressured into writing up the case as a suicide. There were a couple of things that bothered Rebus about this case being classified as a suicide. A note was not found and a motive could not be determined. Rebus, being the type of person he has always been, refused to close the case.

Then something more bizarre happens. It seems that a serial killer is murdering rapists who are released from jail. Authorities want Rebus to wait until after the summit is over before he begins an investigation but once again, Rebus will do it his own way and when he wants to do it.

Is Inspector Rebus able to solve this case?

This book has a complicated plot and several subplots going on at the same time and the characters are very believable. Adding all of this together, The Naming of the Dead makes for an engrossing read. It is hard to believe that Ian Rankin has been writing Inspector Rebus novels for 20 years. Hopefully, you have read one by now. The good thing is that each of the Rebus novels can be read as a stand-alone book. So if you have not read one of the Inspector Rebus novels, The Naming of the Dead is a very good place to start! Ian Rankin is one of the best crime novelists around today and this book is proof of that. This book is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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