Will Boisvert
March 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Naming of the Dead

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ian Rankin
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

In Ian Rankin’s The Naming of the Dead, a summit of world leaders and attendant anti-everything street protesters impede Scottish detectives Rebus and Clarke in their hunt for a serial killer.

Grisliest Death
Head bashed in, blow softened by a heroin overdose.

Lowdown
Rankin again paints a corrupt world (even Bono’s antipoverty crusade is suspect) in convincing shades of gray, with Rebus, a whiskey-soaked old-timer who breaks rules like an anarchist, as its wary conscience. A-

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