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The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories by Ian Rankin
  

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

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The majority of readers prefer their crime in novel format, but the art of the short story should not be overlooked. At shorter length, writers are obliged to concentrate on plot, characterisation and mood with an even more acute if laconic intensity. Ian Rankin has always been a master of the form and has actually won awards for his shorter work. In this bumper volume he has collected all his Rebus short stories and the results are an undisputed delight. We witness Rebus in his early days as well as the later burdened-by-life incarnation and these vignettes with both new adventures and insights into existing cases with a new perspective, broaden our appreciation of the iconic Edinburgh cop and sometimes ven cast a new light on many of the novels and the colourful cast of characters that accompany him on his investigations. But then I'm prejudiced, as I first published some of these stories in my anthologies!

Maxim Jakubowski's September 2014 Book of the Month.

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

In the absence of a full-length crime novel as Ian Rankin takes a year off, his publishers, eager to keep his fans happy and their bank roll high, have produced a collection of short stories, some are new. They are a mish-mash of tales from over the years, going back to Rebus’ early days in the force. Nearly all have a moral or a twist, sometimes both. A few are rather sad but it is interesting to trace the author’s development over the years. It is a must for fans.

If you like Ian Rankin you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Peter Robinson and Val McDermid.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Ian Rankin has found it difficult to write finis to the career of his long-serving protagonist DI Jack Rebus, and recently brought him back in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. With The Beat Goes On, we are given what is described as ‘The Complete Rebus Short Stories’, and it’s a cherishable collection – except, perhaps, for the fact that it isn’t quite complete. The first story, ‘Dead and Buried’, presents us with a relatively young Rebus making his mark at Summerhall station in the 1980s, and it’s a strong curtain-raiser to an enjoyable collection, frequently displaying the playfulness that is characteristic of the author (as evinced by the references to popular music in his titles). Not all of the writing here is vintage Rankin, but the hit ratio is very much on the plus side, and the short stories function as a good introduction to those unfamiliar with Rebus.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories by Ian Rankin

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.

Reviews

Excellently crafted short stories. TIMES An enjoyable collection, frequently displaying the playfulness that is characteristic of the author INDEPENDENT Rebus is genuinely fun to read no matter how dark his cases become... a deeply satisfying read and evokes the spirit of Edinburgh and Scotland in all its glory. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY They are neat, pleasing, inventive... well made, a pleasure to read, one after the other, the work of a practiced and professional craftsman. SCOTSMAN An essential volume for Rebus fans. CRIME FICTION LOVER In this bumper volume he [Rankin] has collected all his Rebus short stories and the results are an undisputed delight... We witness Rebus in his early days as well as the later burdened-by-life incarnation and these vignettes with both new adventures and insights into existing cases with a new perspective, broaden our appreciation of the iconic Edinburgh cop. -- Maxim Jakubowski LOVE READING A dangerous book to have on your bedside table - you just want to keep reading on and on into the wee small hours of the night - and a dangerous book to lend: make sure you get it back. CORNFLOWER BOOKS 'These murky tales exploring the deep recesses of the criminal psyche are well worth a read.
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About the Author

Ian Rankin

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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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Ian Rankin

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781409151555

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