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The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty - except one. John Rebus' reputation precedes him, and his bosses don't want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he's manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in.

During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? And is it linked to a grisly find close to the site of the gathering? Are the world's most powerful men at risk from a killer? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only 72 hours to find the answers.

©2016 Ian Rankin (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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I love living in Rebus' world

I can't believe that each book gets so much better.

With the G8 Summit in Scotland, Rebus and his coworkers are stretched pretty thin. Multiple murders to solve, clooty wells, and Siobhan's hippy parents add more drama. This was a great story.

The ending left many threads open-ended.

Awesome narration!

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not one of his best

Strong Scottish accent. Difficult to follow in this complicated plot. Many interwoven storylines. Shioban and John's relationship develops.

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Where does The Naming of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Recently? It's #1. I've read all the John Rebus novels but long enough ago that I'm enjoying them anew - provided James McPherson is the reader. Everything is worth paying attention to.

Any additional comments?

Rankin's dry wit is far more evident when his books are read by McPherson.