Dead Souls (1999 novel)
Dead Souls Author(s) Ian Rankin Country Scotland Language English Genre(s) Detective fiction Publisher Orion Press Publication date 1999 Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) Pages 496 pages ISBN 0-7528-7716-X OCLC Number 60611208 Preceded by The Hanging Garden Followed by Set in Darkness
While investigating a poisoner at Edinburgh Zoo, Detective Inspector John Rebus sees a known paedophile photographing children. After a chase ending in the sea lion enclosure, Rebus decides to 'out' the man, in spite of assurances that he is trying to reform. As a campaign against the man starts, Rebus hears that the son of an ex-girlfriend has gone missing and starts investigating his disappearance from a nightclub with a mysterious blonde.
A convicted killer comes back from the U.S. having served his time in prison, with an agenda he wants to pursue. Rankin incorporated the novella Death Is Not the End as the missing person plot-line of this novel.
The television adaptation has significant plot differences from the novel. These concern the fate of the missing person, the nature of the relationship between Rebus and his ex-girlfriend, and the character of her husband.
Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series Novels Characters
Detective Inspector John Rebus • List of characters from the Inspector Rebus series
NovelsThe Flood (1986) · Knots and Crosses (1987) · Watchman (1988) · Westwind (1990) · Hide and Seek (1991) · Tooth and Nail (1992) · Strip Jack (1992) · The Black Book (1993) · Witch Hunt (1993) · Mortal Causes (1994) · Bleeding Hearts (1994) · Let it Bleed (1995) · Blood Hunt (1995) · Black and Blue (1997) · The Hanging Garden (1998) · Dead Souls (1999) · Set in Darkness (2000) · The Falls (2001) · Resurrection Men (2002) · Fleshmarket Close (2003) · A Question of Blood (2004) · The Naming of the Dead (2006) · Exit Music (2007) · Doors Open (2008) · A Cool Head (2009, Quick Reads) · The Complaints (2009) Short story collectionsA Good Hanging and Other Stories (1992) · Beggars Banquet (2002) Non-fictionRebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey (2005) · Jackie Leven Said (2005, With Jackie Leven) Graphic novelsDark Entries (2009) Short storiesAn Afternoon (1984) · Voyeurism (1985) · Colony (1986) · Trip Trap (1992) · Marked For Death (1992) · Well Shot (1993) · Someone Got to Eddie (1994) · A Deep Hole (1994) · Adventures in Babysitting (1995) · Natural Selection (1996) · Auld Lang Syne (1997) · Principles of Accounts (1997) · Death is Not the End (1998) · The Hanged Man (2000) · Saint Nicked (2003) · Soft Spot (2005) · Not Just Another Saturday (2005) · Sinner: Justified (2006) Related articles
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