Death Is Not the End by Ian Rankin
A Novella (Inspector Rebus Mysteries)

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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.
 

About Ian Rankin

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Ian Rankin lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Orion. 80 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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’...

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Using a subplot from his last Inspector Rebus novel (1999's Dead Souls), Gold Dagger Award-winner Rankin demonstrates at novella length why his Edinburgh policeman stands at the forefront of contempor

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The father went to school with Rebus, while the mother turns out to be the inspector's old flame Janis, ""the only girl in his long and trouble-strewn life who'd ever managed to knock him unconscious."" Locating a missing person suddenly becomes personal, as Rebus broods over the past, wondering ...

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If you are relatively new to Rankin and have not read either of the two, I'd suggest you start with DEATH IS NOT THE END and then go on to DEAD SOULS, noticing as you do how the echoes call to one another from book to book.

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