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A Rebus Novel

Rebus : The Early Years

Rebus : The Early Years

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2000

The first Rebus omnibus comprising books one, two and three in the Rebus series - Knots & Crosses, Hide & Seek and Tooth & Nail.

The Falls

The Falls

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 22/09/2005

Internet role playing lies at the heart of this stunning novel, one of his best.  The Rosslyn Chapel makes a brief appearance, the falls being close by, and Rankin’s consummate plotting is used to its full.  This is wonderful stuff, interestingly without the large development of Rebus’ personal problems that more of the other books include.

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Fleshmarket Close

Fleshmarket Close

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Winner of Crime Thriller of the Year at the British Book Awards 2005. Very much the thinking man’s mystery, this novel is dominated by racial issues, the thugs and the refugees just outside Edinburgh.  It is peppered with a variety of nasty crimes, has Rebus desk-less, further proof of his superiors edging him out, and his side-kick Siobhan becoming that little bit more important to him … but when will they become lovers?  This is not his best, but second-best is still great. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

A paedophile taking pictures of children at Edinburgh’s Zoo speaks of trouble to Rebus, but it seems others think not.  Dilemma.  Rankin is so good at throwing up social issues, nutty problems and tricky situations.  This is littered with them, as it is with different story lines and references to past cases.  It’s beautifully done, intriguing, tantalising but for those not in the ‘know’ it’s not distracting.  Not as dark as most, this fairly rips along, it’s difficult to put down.

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Set in Darkness

Set in Darkness

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Revolving around the new Parliament building and early dark secrets, this has seemingly unconnected cases building to a wonderful, convoluted tale of corruption and greed.

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The Black Book

The Black Book

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

The Black Book  of the title belongs to a brutally attacked colleague and contains baffling coded secrets which Rebus must obviously solve.  In a convoluted plot of Edinburgh’s low life we meet arch villain “Big Ger” for the first time and discover his protection racket.  This is definitely Edinburgh’s dark side … brilliantly revealed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Tooth & Nail

Tooth & Nail

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Rankin, himself now in London, brings Rebus down “to suffer” but basically because he is supposedly an ‘expert’ in catching serial killers.  This particular one leaves teeth marks on his victims and hence is nicknamed ‘Wolfman’ which was the original title of the novel.  London does not suit Rebus and his relationship with the Met is interesting, lots of Scottish-English rivalry/prejudice and not nearly as much feeling for place that the Edinburgh novels have … But the plot is great, fast and twisted, well written and compulsive as ever with another bruising love affair but sadly to my mind a rather lame ending. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Naming of the Dead

The Naming of the Dead

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Winner of Crime Thriller of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.A very different Rebus. The darkness and aggressive atmosphere of previous books is much lighter and Rebus himself is a softer, much more sympathetic person – except in his approach to ‘authority’ which has always appeared as much the enemy as the criminals. Siobhan Clarke partners him here and this time has an almost equal share of the book. I had difficulty putting this one down, it is absolutely gripping.  

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Let it Bleed

Let it Bleed

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Undeterred by pressure from above to drop a sensitive case, Rebus unearths dirty dealings and conspiracy within many official departments.  Along the way we find a tender side to our spiky cop in a novel that eventually brings him a little closer to his estranged daughter.  Although his drinking problem is on the increase, this complicated, unhappy fellow, who is not doing too well, demands our sympathy, or at least mine.  The blending of political corruption and the development of Scotland’s economy is fascinating.  A really good one. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Resurrection Men

Resurrection Men

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Don’t start your Rebus experience here for this is too full of his despair and failings for you to fully appreciate the man.  You need to know him better to get the most out of this.  If you do know him then this is terrific.  At last his patience has snapped and as a result he is sent for retraining.  Now his colleagues are also all officers with attitude problems, some pretty bad, and this makes for an extraordinary tale of good cop/bad cop, but it is for the real fan, not for the casual crime reader. ~ Sarah Broadhurst Barry Forshaw on Ian Rankin and Bill James... Ian Rankin is one of the UK’s bestselling British crime writers. Aficionados admire the gritty, socially committed toughness of his books, along with their vividly realised sense of place. And these are exactly the qualities that may be found in the work of the veteran Bill James, whose astonishing consistency over many years is a continuing cause for admiration. And, like Rankin, James has few equals when it comes to memorable, highly individual dialogue. Fans of Rankin’s Rebus novels – including Resurrection Men – will relish Bill James’ Harpur and Iles novels: start with You'd Better Believe It.

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Strip Jack

Strip Jack

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Gregor Jack MP is discovered in a brothel during a police raid and the tabloids have a field day.  It seems he was framed … then his wife is murdered.  This takes Rebus away from his gritty Edinburgh into Fife and the highlands as he investigates the world of a successful man.  But human failings also happen outside a city, infidelity, jealousy, lust are all explored along with loyalty and respect as Gregor Jack’s chums stick up for him.  So Rebus can do ‘upmarket’ too, which is interesting but not as enthralling as underbelly Edinburgh in my mind.  This is not a place to start your Rebus trip.

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The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Full of plot, incidents, twists and turns.  At its core is gang warfare, a Nazi war criminal and Rebus struggling with his demon drink and the memory of his daughter. Edinburgh, of course, is at the centre of it all.  It is one of his best, complicated, clever and very satisfying.

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Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

Rebus continues to grow as a character as we spend more time with him.  Here his ex-SAS experience is called on in a case that starts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and swings from the country to Belfast and back.  Heavy on the Catholic/Protestant Irish question and rich in low-life, this gives us a mass of plot, Big Ger (from The Black Book) escaped from prison and very dangerous, and a whole lot more to add to our respect for this troubled, unconventional detective.

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Knots & Crosses

Knots & Crosses

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Here, we are introduced to John Rebus, SAS paratrooper turned Detective Sergeant.  When young girls start disappearing around Edinburgh he is called in to investigate, but the case becomes far more personal than he could ever have imagined as he is sent clues in form of knoted string and matchsticks. Brilliantly plotted and the backdrop of Edinburgh plays as big a part in the novel as any of the characters.  I read it in one sitting.  Highly recommended.  Book in The Rebus Series: 1. Knots & Crosses 2. Hide and Seek 3. Tooth and Nail 4. Strip Jack 5. The Black Book 6. Mortal Causes 7. Let it Bleed 8. Black and Blue 9. The Hanging Garden 10. Dead Souls 11. Set in Darkness 12. The Falls 13. Resurrection Men 14. A Question of Blood 15. Fleshmarket Close 16. The Naming of the Dead 17. Exit Music 18. Standing in Another Man's Grave 19. Saints of the Shadow Bible 20. Even Dogs in the Wild 21. Rather Be the Devil 22. In a House of Lies 23. A Song For The Dark Times Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

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Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 07/08/2008

The hunt for the killer of a junkie whose body is found in a deserted building in a very rough housing estate is the backdrop to the second Rebus mystery.  He is now an Inspector and courted by Edinburgh’s elite.  So Rankin gives us two sides of a great city, although it is the dark side that pushes through this chilling novel and its complex plot. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Standing in Another Man's Grave

Standing in Another Man's Grave

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Recently retired, Rebus is working in a small unit which looks into old, unsolved cases.  Still famed for his unconventional methods and still heavily smoking and drinking, he remains in contact with old comrades and villains alike.  Fans will know Siobhan Clarke and Big Ger Cafferty, to name a couple, newcomers will be happy just following along.  The story involves several missing girls who may or may not be dead.  After Rebus retired in Exit Music and Rankin delved into new areas he developed one Malcolm Fox (The Complaints) whom he now ingeniously introduces here into a minor role which we just know will be developed in future books.  Interestingly the cold case being investigated is in the north so taking Rebus out of Edinburgh. ~ Sarah Broadhurst Ian Rankin says of the return of Rebus: “I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us.  He had never really gone away but was working for Edinburgh's cold case unit.  And I knew I had a story that was a perfect fit for him.” Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. June 2013 Book of the Month.

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Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Rebus is back on the force after his time in cold case investigations but he has been demoted to Detective Sergeant.  He has also mellowed, lost his spark so do not look for the old Rebus, just enjoy Rankin’s involved, many-threaded plot.  We do see the old Rebus resurface towards the end when he uses old methods to solve one of his old cases involving the death of a prisoner some 30 years ago.  Before that we have an angry Rebus discovering too much, plus having a no vote for the referendum, which is interesting. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

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.

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

Black And Blue

Black And Blue

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Special edition of the award-winning Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES - includes exclusive extra material. 'Britain's best crime novelist' DAILY EXPRESS 'Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee Child In the 1960s, the infamous Bible John terrorised Scotland when he murdered three women, taking three souvenirs. Thirty years later, a copycat is at work, dubbed Johnny Bible. DI John Rebus's unconventional methods have got him in trouble before - now he's taken away from the inquiry and sent to investigate the killing of an off-duty oilman. But when his case clashes head-on with the Johnny Bible killings, he finds himself in the glare of a fearful media, whilst under the scrutiny of an internal enquiry. Just one mistake is likely to mean losing his job - and quite possibly his life.

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?

The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden

Author: Ian Rankin Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2021

The ninth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES. 'Masterly' SUNDAY TIMES 'Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee Child DI John Rebus is hard at work on multiple cases. Not only is he on the trail of a WWII war criminal - he's also become entangled in a dangerous battle between two rival gangs. But when his daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run, there's nothing Rebus won't do to bring down the prime suspect. Even if it means making a deal with the devil . . .