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Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Rather Be the Devil

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A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a current investigation. Ok, hands up, I confess… this is my first meeting with John Rebus! I will admit to being slightly wary of jumping into the deep end of such a successful and prevalent series, yet immediately felt at home and now can't wait to work my way through the others. John Rebus may wobble on the scales of law and order, but his core sense of integrity, tenacity, and grit, ensure he is someone you would most definitely want on your side. I found myself well and truly caught in the snare of Ian Rankin’s writing; this was so easy to read, yet the story coiled, twisted, and thrashed its way through feuds, murder, and some seriously crooked minds. ‘Rather Be the Devil’ is a compelling, gutsy, proper crime fix, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Ian Rankin you might also like to read books by Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham and Colin Dexter.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Sarah Musk - 'Rebus is back - retired, but unchanged in his ferocious pursuit of criminals who disturb the peace in his beloved home city of Edinburgh...Fans of Inspector Rebus will not be disappointed by this book.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'With Rankin, the Crime Lords of Edinburgh and an intriguing thriller coming together you know it’s going to be good.  Add Rebus and perfection is reached...Thank you Saint Rankin for continuing to bring is the grizzly, exasperating and impeccable Rebus.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'A must read for all Rebus fans.'
  • Mary Chapman - 'No reader will be disappointed in this Rebus book, I loved it.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'I was reading quicker and turning the pages quicker!! It dawned on me then, why everybody was reading and talking about Inspector Rebus...No hesitation in recommending this book to everyone I meet.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'John Rebus is back!'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Another exciting chase around Edinburgh's streets, as Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty play their usual cat and mouse games.  Rebus is like an old friend and it's always great to see him back.' 
  • Alison Burns - 'This is another thoroughly enjoyable tale of the dark side of Edinburgh, my home city. The pace is good, the characters as well developed as ever and I rattled through it in no time.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'This story follows Rebus and his former colleagues Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox through many twists and turns, and yields another great book from Ian Rankin.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'A welcome return for Rebus who although not in good health and feeling his age is still as determined as ever. He walks all over the police force doing his own thing as usual...another triumph of a novel by Ian Rankin.'
  • Judith Smith - 'Ian Rankin at his best, Rebus carries on being Rebus, but never really given up being a police officer...Very witty and gritty in places, a superb read and not just for Rebus fans.'
  • Les Wood - 'Rebus rolls on; this detective will never grow old and retire. And even when trying to become more 'normal' his past will not allow it.'

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Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin

The 21st Inspector Rebus novel from Ian Rankin.

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. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking? In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.


'Superbly told, impossible to put down, and laced with Rankin's unmistakeable laconic wit it precisely underlines the treasure that Rebus has become.' Daily Mail

'Though it moves at pace, what makes this tale so satisfying is that its protagonists have had time to develop. Rebus's input serves to highlight the benefits of age, experience and keeping a sense of community.' Guardian

'This elegantly crafted and witty thriller proves this old devil still has all the best tunes.' Sunday Mirror

'Rankin is expert at what theorists of realism call the authenticating detail.' Scotland on Sunday

'Essential crime-reading.' SAGA

'This is an interesting and enjoyable novel.' Literary Review

'Rather Be The Devil is an intricate, evocative Edinburgh mystery that builds to a bloody finale. Retirement may not suit Rebus but it's resulted in yet another brilliant book in Rankin's revived crime series.' Crime Scene

'This may be Rebus's 21st outing, but this is a cleverly crafted tale and Ian Rankin's storytelling is as fresh as ever.' Irish News

'The 21st Rebus novel boasts effortless plotting and a cracking narrative that keeps the reader gripped throughout.' Daily Express

'Clever and compelling.' Independent i

'Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.' Challenger

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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16th March 2017


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