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Ian Rankin - Author

About the Author

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.  His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

 

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Featured books by Ian Rankin

Rebus Anniversary Box Set

Rebus Anniversary Box Set

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Multiple copy pack Release Date: 22/06/2017

1: KNOTS AND CROSSES - the novel which first introduced John Rebus. Year 10: BLACK AND BLUE - the breakthrough novel, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger. Year 20: EXIT MUSIC - where Rebus retires...but will he ever be able to leave it all behind?

Rather be the Devil

Rather be the Devil

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position.

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Even Dogs in the Wild The New John Rebus

Even Dogs in the Wild The New John Rebus

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Hands in his pockets, Rebus turned to face Cafferty. They were old men now, similar builds, similar backgrounds. Sat together in a pub, the casual onlooker might mistake them for pals who'd known one another since school. But their history told a different story. Retirement doesn't suit John Rebus. He wasn't made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. Clarke's been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty - Rebus's long-time nemesis - has received an identical note and a bullet through his window. Now it's up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer. Meanwhile, DI Malcolm Fox joins forces with a covert team from Glasgow who are tailing a notorious crime family. There's something they want, and they'll stop at nothing to get it.

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first time, and including brand new material, this is the ultimate Rebus short-story collection and a must-have book for crime lovers and for Ian's millions of fans alike. No Rankin aficionado can go without it.

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Other books by Ian Rankin

Even Dogs in the Wild

Even Dogs in the Wild

Author: Ian Rankin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/11/2015

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack, and when local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin. But a notorious family has arrived in Edinburgh, too, tailed by a team of undercover detectives. There's something they want, and they'll stop at nothing to get it. DI Malcolm Fox's job is to provide the undercover squad with local expertise, but he's soon drawn in too deep as the two cases look like colliding. And meantime, an anonymous killer stalks the night-time streets, focussed on revenge. It's a game of dog eat dog - in the city as in the wild. Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires. Read by James Macpherson

Dark Road

Dark Road

Author: Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2015

First performed at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, the first stage play from the SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestselling author of SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE. It's been 25 years since Alfred Chalmers was convicted of the gruesome murder of four young women in Edinburgh. Isobel McArthur, Scotland's first Chief Constable, was the woman responsible for putting him behind bars, but the case has haunted her ever since. Now, with her retirement approaching, McArthur decides the time has come for answers. To uncover the truth, she revisits the case and interviews Chalmers for the first time in decades. But her decision rips opens old wounds and McArthur is soon caught up in a web of corruption, psychological mind-games and deceit that threatens not only her own life, but those of her fellow officers and even her own daughter. Tense, gritty and hard-hitting, DARK ROAD is the first ever stage play from bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin, co-written by the Royal Lyceum's Artistic Director Mark Thomson.

Beat Goes On

Beat Goes On

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man The New Yorker calls "e;the ideal sleuth."e; Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. THE BEAT GOES ON collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in "e;Dead and Buried,"e; right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in "e;The Very Last Drop,"e; Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family's darkest secrets to light. THE BEAT GOES ON is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove--a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.

In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time

Author: Ian Rankin, Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2015

In this original short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology FaceOff, internationally bestselling authors Ian Rankin and Peter James - along with their most famous characters, John Rebus and Roy Grace - team up for the first time ever. Detectives John Rebus and Roy Grace could not be more different. Different generations, different backgrounds, and not to mention the fact that they work 500 miles apart. The case that eventually brings them together centres on a crime that happened when Rebus was just a teenager in the 1960s - but it took place in Roy Grace's stomping grounds in Brighton, England, at a time when violence erupted between rival gangs known as Mods and Rockers. Now, a deathbed confession in in Edinburgh brings Rebus and Grace together to investigate a cold case with a shocking twist. For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!

The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2015

There is no detective like DI Rebus - brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating both to his friends and his long-suffering bosses. For over two decades he has walked through the dark places of Edinburgh . . . Now Rebus's life is revealed through this complete collection of stories, from his early days as a young DC in 'Dead and Buried' right up to the dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in 'The Very Last Drop'. This is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove - a must for aficionados as well as a superb introduction to anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark and twist-filled crimes he has to investigate, for the very first time.

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2015

V poslednem romane Rehnkina iz znamenitoj serii detektivov pro inspektora Rebusa veteran shotlandskogo syska, uzhe otpravlennyj avtorom v otstavku, vnov' vozvrashchaetsya v stroj i daet master-klass molodomu pokoleniyu sledovatelej. U Rebusa, chetvert' veka otdavshego ugolovnomu rozysku, poyavlyaetsya shans dokazat', chto ego eshche rano spisyvat' so schetov. Na ego bedu, sluzhba general'nogo prokurora vozobnovlyaet rassledovanie dela ob ubijstve tridcatiletnej davnosti, kotoroe brosaet ten' na gruppu byvshih sotrudnikov ugrozyska. Legendarnaya v proshlom brigada syskarej predstavlyala soboj nechto vrode tajnogo bratstva so svoim ustavom i ritualami. Oni nazyvali sebya svyatymi i poslednim v ih ryady byl prinyat molodoj konstebl' Dzhon Rebus... Tak kto zhe oni, ehti svyatye v policejskoj forme: strazhi zakona ili prestupniki, greshniki ili pravedniki? I kto sam Rebus - togda i teper'?Vpervye na russkom yazyke.

In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time

Author: Ian Rankin, Peter James Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2014

In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Ian Rankin and Peter Jamesalong with their most famous characters, John Rebus and Roy Graceteam up for the first time ever.Detectives John Rebus and Roy Grace could not be more different. Different generations, different backgrounds, and not to mention, they work 500 miles apart.The case that eventually brings them together centers on a crime that happened when Rebus was just a teenager in the 1960sbut it took place in Roy Graces stomping grounds in Brighton, England, at a time when violence erupted between rival gangs known as Mods and Rockers.Now, a deathbed confession in in Edinburgh brings Rebus and Grace together to investigate a cold case with a shocking twist.For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven stories in FaceOff!

MORTAL CAUSES

MORTAL CAUSES

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2014

V EHdinburge leto, gorod prinimaet ezhegodnyj festival', na kotoryj s"e;ezzhayutsya sotni tysyach gostej so vsego mira... Kak zhe inspektor Rebus nenavidit ehto vremya! Telefony v policii nadryvayutsya: ulichnye krazhi, moshennichestvo, zvonki s ugrozami vzorvat' bombu. A vot i nechto ehkstraordinarnoe: v odnom iz zakoulkov srednevekovogo "e;zapretnogo goroda"e;, zamurovannogo pod istoricheskim centrom EHdinburga, obnaruzhen trup molodogo muzhchiny. Sudya po vsemu, zdes', v mrachnom podzemel'e, byl sovershen ritual muchitel'noj kazni. CHto ehto - kara za predatel'stvo v nazidanie drugim? No kto togda ehti "e;drugie"e;? CHleny religioznoj sekty fanatikov, bojcy tajnoj terroristicheskoj organizacii, uchastniki prestupnyh gruppirovok? Dzhon Rebus dokopaetsya do istiny, hotya i okazhetsya na volosok ot smerti, a uznav, kto ego spasitel', eshche raz udivitsya prevratnostyam sud'by.

THE BLACK BOOK

THE BLACK BOOK

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2014

Na blizhajshego pomoshchnika inspektora Rebusa soversheno napadenie. Postradavshij v kome, Rebus lomaet golovu nad shifrovannymi zapisyami v ego zapisnoj knizhke, pytayas' vyjti na sled prestupnikov. Sledov slishkom mnogo, vse tyanutsya iz proshlogo, potom vsplyvaet neraskrytoe delo o pozhare v gostinice, iz tumana zagadok vystupaet mrachnyj prizrak mestnogo "e;avtoriteta"e;, rehketiry, likvidatory, kartezhniki, pedofil, ne sovsem umershij restorator - fanat EHlvisa Presli i otsidevshij srok gipnotizer - brat Rebusa. Kak svyazat' koncy s koncami, kak razgadat' hitroumnyj rebus, kotoryj mnogie predpochli by ne razgadyvat' - v ih chisle, vozmozhno, i sam Rebus?..

Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2014

Drugs. Extortion. Slavery. Organized crime is fighting for a hold on John Rebuss peaceful Scotland. And when Rebus rescues a young Bosnian girl forced into prostitution, he breaks a policemans golden rule to never get personally involved in a case. Add to that the hunt for an elderly Nazi accused of slaughtering an entire French village, and Rebus wonders just how evil humans can beuntil his own daughter is mortally injured as a gangland warning for him to back off. Then even a dedicated cop like Rebus might make a deal with the devil to find the culprit. Not for justice. For revenge.

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2014

Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the pastRebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "e;The Saints,"e; and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence. Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

Black and Blue

Black and Blue

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2013

A murdered oil rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed Johnny Bible. And a reopened investigation that doesnt bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebuss Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now hes got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his jobor live to see another dark Edinburgh day.Ian Rankins Scottish police procedurals are so gritty you have to pick the shards out of your teeth when you finish one, and Black and Blue is as flinty as they come. The New York Times Book ReviewReading [Ian Rankin] is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heart of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams would never be heard. To find the victim's identityand his killerRebus searches from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, Northern Irelandamongst petty thugs, gunrunners, and heavyweight criminals. But before Rebus can get to the truth, he's bloodied by the dream of society's madmenand staring into the glint of a killer's eyes.Once again, Ian Rankin has demonstrated his incredible crime writing skills in Mortal Causes.

Black Book

Black Book

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

In Rankin, you cannot go wrong. The Boston GlobeA superior series. The New York Times Book ReviewReading [Ian Rankin] is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburghs seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred bodywith a bullet in its headis found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, hell have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth.

10 Great Rebus Novels

10 Great Rebus Novels

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2013

A brilliant box set of the first ten Rebus novels.Collection comprises of: Knots Hide Tooth Strip Jack; The Black Book; Mortal Causes; Let it Bleed; Black The Hanging Garden; Dead Souls.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

Author: Ian Rankin Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But wont. Now hes got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. Michael Connelly A superior series. The New York Times Book ReviewIan Rankin, you cannot go wrong. The Boston GlobeA novelist of great scope, depth, and power. Jonathan Kellerman