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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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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 |
When nearing the end of this book, I didn't realize that there would be a series of very short, action packed chapters. I'm beginning to find out that Ian Rankin tries to flavor his formula differently. The author likes to discuss about pubs, the weather, cigarettes, music (there's a mention of some movie but only once). If Rebus hadn't been a DI, he would have been amazed at all the action taking place in his life. Since he solves cases for a living, such events don't seem out of place. Goes with the territory. I've never seen an author quite like Rankin for making a mystery desultory, and its solving, mundane. The story of corrupt cops was a nice departure, the recurrent mob boss was present as usual. I just didn't get to know who wrote messages for DS Clarke. I also found the platonic romance of Jean and Rebus cute. Altogether a very satisfactory read. ( )
  Jiraiya | May 1, 2014 |
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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
This book is definitely a winner. Classic John Rebus, and an excellent book in this wonderful series. This is book number 13 in the series, but it is also a good book for anyone to begin with if they want to sample this series. But I must warn those new dabblers, that this series is seriously addictive. Rebus is always in trouble with the higher-ups so it's not a surprise to find him sent to a retraining group to learn how to be a team player. And it's not a surprise to find out that he got himself sent to this purgatory because of an act of anger which he inflicted on his superior officer. Rebus and five other edge of the fringe cops are living and training together. All of them have flouted authority for most of their careers, and for their sins, have been sent to the police college for some intermediary help to get them back into the mainstream. As a group they are asked to solve an unsolved cold case, and then that's when things get interesting for John Rebus. It's an old case of his that they're working on, and he has some secrets from the case that he doesn't want to get out. But the other five officers also have secrets of their own, and everyone is working to keep his own secrets buried so they will never see the light of day. Of course it doesn't stop there for John. Secrets to him are like an elixir that he must try to uncover, and he always finds himself in dangerous territory once he's on a case. And he has a habit of bringing Siobhan Clarke into the fray with him. I could go on, but I don't want to ruin all the fun for those who haven't read this book yet. And fun it is. This is a wonderful, galloping, page-turner of a book. I loved every minute of it. ( )
  Romonko | Nov 26, 2013 |
Great mystery. Rebus is sent to a remedial police academy for misfits. Loved it. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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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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"All men have secrets…"

—The Smiths, "What Difference Does It Make?"

"Durate et vosmet rebus servate secundis"

—Aeneid, I, 207
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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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