Exit Music

Exit Music is the seventeenth crime novel in the internationally bestselling Inspector Rebus series, written by Ian Rankin. It was published on 6 September 2007. The title was released simultaneously by Rankin himself at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and by a special promotion featured on internet music networking site last.fm, arranged by the publisher to celebrate the theme of music which has run throughout the series. The cover was also revealed on the site. Rankin has mentioned that his character Siobhan Clarke may in some way continue the franchise. The book is named after the Radiohead song "Exit Music (For a Film)".

Exit Music
AuthorIan Rankin
SeriesInspector Rebus
GenreDetective novel
PublisherOrion Books
Publication date
6 September 2007
Media typePrint
Preceded byThe Naming of the Dead 
Followed byStanding in Another Man's Grave 

Plot summary

Just a week before Rebus’s retirement, Rebus and Clarke are investigating the death of a famous Russian exile poet who was mugged and beaten to death on King's Stables Road. Then a sound recordist with close ties to the dead Russian poet turns up dead. Rebus searches for the killer of both men but is suspended for his over-enthusiastic interrogations and getting on the wrong side of powerful Scottish bankers and politicians. His last three days before retirement are spent working from his flat, trying to solve the case.


Won, ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year, 2008 (awarded to Ian Rankin).[1]


  1. Allen, Katie (6 October 2008). "Rankin and P D James pick up ITV3 awards". theBookseller.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2008.

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