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It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence a delegation of Russian businessmen is in town - and everyone is determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically.

But the further they dig, the more Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke become convinced that they are dealing with something more than a random attack - especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Meanwhile a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster sees Rebus in the frame. Has the inspector taken a step too far in tying up those loose ends? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, inglorious career, will Rebus even make it that far?

©2007 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Nice twist

Nice twist at the end, made me laugh. There’s so much more I’d like to read Rebus think about.

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Rebus' exit, but, as we know, only back stage!

Rankin excels himself in this 'final' Rebus but his exit is not out of the theatre, just back stage.
My first Rebus audio-book and James Macpherson does not disappoint.
Backdrop of a Russian poet murdered and conspiracy around Russian oligarch money but the double murder turns out to be domestic violence and then subsequent collateral damage.
Great interplay between him and Siobhan as the balance of power(?) shifts.
I have read about half of Rebus in a somewhat random order and I keep threatening to start at the beginning and work through them all. One day...........!
Masterpieces of character, plot and setting, exemplified in this one.

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  • C. R. Broadhead
  • 26-07-2015

As good as ever

Would you listen to Exit Music again? Why?

Yes, the story's are complex and its always good to spot the things you missed the first time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Exit Music?

The relationship between Rebus and Clarke.

Have you listened to any of James Macpherson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes and the way the novel just washes over you is a joy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really its not that kind of novel

Any additional comments?

A good end to Rebus

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  • Wattie
  • 26-07-2021

Great Storyline

Loved the story line focusing on the Russians. Only for them to be innocent of the murders.

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  • Mary K
  • 12-12-2020

Grand finale!

Another spellbinder from Rankin and an excellent grand finale for our DI. Rebus. Ciao Rebus, it was nice knowing you.

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  • Patj
  • 30-03-2020

lost interest

lost interest. no review forthcoming. why is heading optional but I must write one? I don't understand it.

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  • Dr M Goldberg
  • 22-05-2019

The old curmudgeon hasn't lost any of his sparkle

The combination of wonderful story telling by the author and a superb reading style by MacPherson make it impossible to put my phone down. I love the irrepressible humour and intricacies of the plot. You just know that despite "retiring", Rebus is won't be gone for long.

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  • Ham
  • 31-12-2018

As usual

As usual a great story, Rankin never fails to come up with an engrossing story.

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  • Paul
  • 01-12-2018

FANTASTIC Audiobook (again)

It's DI John Rebus what more can you say, just another fantastic audiobook in the series. read so well by James MacPherson, he always brings his readings to life.

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  • P.A.Laflin
  • 23-01-2018

Good story as usual

good natation as usual a story you had to listen to the end.Brilliant just brilliant


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  • Liz... Bristol
  • 22-01-2017

Same old excellent!

A good story from Rankin, with lashings of Edinburgh and red herrings. A side serving of sadness as Rebus faces his last case before retirement. (Full marks to Rankin for sticking with his promise to age Rebus in real time). Not that that, as anything else, stops Rebus from digging through all the leads in his own way, legal or not. Clarke has a bigger role than in some stories, in preparation for moving into her old boss's shoes. There's a new member of the team, too, stepping up from the uniformed ranks, keen for a move into CID; will he be up to the mark? As is often the way, Cafferty plays a role in the progress of events right up until the end of the novel.
James McPherson IS the voice of the Rebus stories, and continues his good work, with Taggart well in his past now. It would be strange for anyone else to do the honours at this point.
If you're a Rebus fan, I don't know why you're reading this, as you'll want it anyway; if you're not yet, then don't start here, go for a much earlier story. The character has developed over the years, and his relationship with Big Ger Cafferty has been through many forms which you'd be remiss not to understand. Whilst I haven't taken all the novels in historical order, I haven't strayed far from the created line.
Listen and enjoy!

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  • Rob Appleby
  • 18-09-2016

Probably, the best Rebus book of the set ...

Probably, the best Rebus book of the set ... But you'll need to read the rest to fully appreciate it! 😊

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