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Casi sepolti: romanzo by Ian Rankin

Casi sepolti: romanzo (original 2001; edition 2005)

by Ian Rankin, Anna Rusconi

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Title:Casi sepolti: romanzo
Authors:Ian Rankin
Other authors:Anna Rusconi
Info:Milano, Longanesi, [2005]
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Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (2001)



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Rebus has crossed the line one time too many. This time, he's chucked a mug of tea at his DCS during an inquiry briefing and has been sent to a refresher course at Tulliallan, the police college, along with several other cops who need shaping up or shipping out. The cops are tasked with working together as a team on an unsolved case... but instead of the standard case that Tulliallan uses for this type of group, the case is one in which two of the participants were directly involved. What's up with that? Is there something more sinister afoot? Will Rebus be able to resurrect his career?

It took me a while to get into this one, possibly because the copy I had out from the library was rather beat-up and felt a little grimy. But once I had buckled down to read it (helped by someone placing a hold on it, meaning I couldn't renew it), it sucked me right in. In addition to the Rebus thread, I found the parts with Siobhan, Templer and a Dundee cop named Heatherington very interesting, because they showed how women at different levels of the force dealt with the job. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 21, 2016 |
I was told this was a little different from other Rebus mysteries, so as this is the only one I've read so far, take it with a grain of salt?
I really liked the way the while story was nailed to a place and time: the old case from 1995 was 6 years old, and there were references to the time, the news, the neighborhoods, the passage of that time-- all very well done.
The story itself felt a bit of a muddle by the end, since there was so much doubt and conniving that I wasn't sure who'd crossed whom, and I was more concerned with following the fast pace than with understanding the veiled references of revenge or whatever. But maybe that's my reading style more than the author's intent.
A good read, an entertaining trip to Edinb'ro', and an intro to one of the most popular police inspectors around... ( )
  MargaretPinardAuthor | May 23, 2015 |
This is a good typical Rebus novel never fails to impress
Rebus is sent to rehab for bad coppers he needs to uncover what 3 other bad boy Polis men are up too.
Clever book and Rebus solves the case in the end. The case is the murder of an Edinburgh Art dealer. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Jan 20, 2015 |
This is probably not my favourite Rebus – it seems a bit drawn out to me – which is probably an unfair statement to make. Still, it must be difficult to avoid repetition when you’ve a whole series with the same character and, as Rankin keeps adding, a second character in Siobhan who’s in the same mould as Rebus – hence the focus all the time on music tracks and drinks.

I guess as well, coming from reading a le Carré, I had higher expectations of this book which trots out some truly tired ideas about policing, such as the impossibility of stable, predicable relationships with partners outside work. Still, Rankin does have a fluent style. I’d say this is the sort of book for a long plane trip, helping you to while away the time even if all too often you come back to the way you’ve not enough leg room and you’ve still five hours to go. ( )
  evening | Oct 19, 2014 |
Another solid outing for everyone's favourite slightly rumpled, dissolute & clever DI. Rebus is sent back to the academy for retraining. It's the last stop on the career ladder for officers who have attitude problems or don't play well with others. Normally, he'd fit right in but this time he's a plant. Several of his classmates are suspected of helping themselves to the spoils of a drug war but the higher-ups have never been able to find the evidence they need. Many have long suspected Rebus of being in the pocket of Big Ger Cafferty & the brass is hoping his reputation will allow him to get close to the bent cops.
Back in Edinburgh, new DS Siobhan Clarke has a murder case on her hands. A local art dealer has met his maker & due to his lifestyle, the threads of the investigation stretch out in all directions. She has to take a hard look at sauna houses, galleries, artists, taxi companies & Big Ger, himself. The pressure is on & having a new junior partner, the return of an old colleague & no Rebus aren't helping. And soon there are more bodies.
Rebus allows her to think he's actually been sent for "resurrection". As they compare notes, common names start to pop up in both investigations & it's clear they're each dealing with different parts of one big mess. As for playing well with others, well...in the end, they only trust each other & Rebus pays a high price.
If you're a fan of this series you don't need this review. You'll pick it up because it's Rebus. He has become one of the most popular & venerated fictional characters for a reason. Reading these books by Rankin is one of the few sure bets out there. He's just that good. The characters he creates always feel like they're flesh & blood & following the reoccurring ones make each book required reading. You get invested in these people & their lives are never static. Their relationships, positions & jobs are always evolving, mirroring real life. The dialogue is tight, witty & each character has a distinctive voice.
The plot is intricate & impossible to guess 'til it clicks into place in the final few pages. As usual, it's not only about the current cases but ghosts from previous ones reappear to complicate things. We know Rebus has always coloured outside the lines & some of his past actions threaten to come to light, actions that would not only skupper his undercover work but result in criminal charges. He has to wonder who they're trying to get the dirt on...him or the cops they sicced him on. If he didn't know better, he'd worry about being paranoid. It's a good thing, he jokes to a colleague, that not only does he know where all the bodies are buried but has the photos to prove it.
But that's Rebus. Not the most strictly ethical man you'll ever meet but one you'd want in our corner. Typically well plotted, paced & intriguing, this is compulsive reading & you'll resent having to put it down. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Resurrection Men twists and turns its way to a conclusion which is both predictable and unpredictable. Judging by the way the novel has zoomed to the top of the bestseller list, devotees are far from tired of Rebus and his dreadful taste in music and clothes. Rankin is unquestionably an ingenious plotter, but this one seems more about means than end. The line about polite Edinburgh hiding a nasty interior was a wee bit hackneyed when Rebus first preached it. The city is a cleaner place for his efforts; now it is time to do something about these drink-driving policemen.
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Like Edinburgh inspector John Rebus, the resurrection men of the title are treading on thin ice--they've all been sent to a short course at the Scottish Police College because they've failed in some way, generally "an issue with authority." Rebus has been known to have issues of that nature before, which only boosts his credibility with the other cops in attendance, suspected by their bosses of being on the wrong side of the fence, on the take, or even guilty of murder on several previous occasions. The dour Inspector's agenda aims to bring the higher-ups proof of the so-called Wild Bunch's nefarious activities; in the process, his own conduct in the old case he and his college classmates must rework and revisit comes under scrutiny. A solid police procedural whose protagonist, the hero of 14 other titles in this internationally acclaimed series, continues to grow on readers who are just discovering him. --Jane Adams

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Packed off to the remote Scottish Police College for a lesson in teamwork -- after hurling a mug in his supervisor's face -- Inspector John Rebus finds himself in a snake pit. Rebus must work undercover on a drug heist that involves his classmates, known as the Resurrection Men.… (more)

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