Thursday, September 28, 2023

Exit Music by Ian Rankin -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Thank you for joining me here for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now. 


The girl screamed once, only the once, but it was enough. 

-- from Exit Music by Ian Rankin. 

Exit Music is the 17th book in Ian Rankin's mystery series featuring police detective John Rebus. It is one of my very favorite series, in part because it is set in Edinburgh, a city I've visited a couple of times and love. 

As much as I enjoy the John Rebus books, I've been reading the series for a long time. There are several new series I want to start, but am making an effort to finish this one and a couple of others before I do. I've been marching though these books -- this is the fifth one I've read this year -- but it's a long series! I still have seven more to go to finish all 24. And no doubt Ian Rankin will have another one out before I finish those. 


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It's late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.

Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus's investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.

Has Rebus overstepped his bounds for the last time? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, controversial career, will Rebus even make it that far?


  1. Once one is hooked on a detective series, one seems to be mesmerized by the series.

  2. I am bad about starting new series and neglecting my long standing ones. Hopefully you will rub off on me. :-) I haven't tried this series but it's on my long list of series I do want to try someday. I like that opening. It's short but attention grabbing. Thank you for sharing and hosting!

  3. That certainly grabs my attention right away! :)

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