Ian Rankin voltou a vencer um “Nibbie” (British Book Award), desta vez com o The Naming of the Dead, na categoria Crime Thriller of the Year. Rankin já havia vencido em 2005 o mesmo prémio, com Fleshmarket Close.
Ian Rankin comentou: “How fantastic, in this the 20th anniversary of Inspector Rebus’s first appearance in print, to win a Nibbie for his seventeenth outing, The Naming of the Dead. It makes me wonder if I may be getting the hang of this writing business at long last. And to think that I nearly killed him off at the end of that first book…“