Books by Ian Rankin

"I grew up in a small coal-mining town in central Scotland. I was always interested in stories. Even though the town had no book stores (and my parents were not great readers), I made full use of the local library. It was mind-boggling to me that (at the


SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case."
Rebus (Standing in Another Man's Grave, 2013, etc.) is working the streets as a detective again—and his loyalty is on the line. Read full book review >
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Rankin deserves every award he's been given: an Edgar, a Gold Dagger, a Diamond Dagger. Surely there's another one waiting for Rebus' thrilling return to the fold."
Five years after his last recorded case (Exit Music, 2008), John Rebus returns, and welcome. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD by Ian Rankin
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Rankin deftly balances welcome surprises and satisfyingly predictable developments. Mainly, though, he succeeds in making methodical Fox a worthy successor to the legendary Inspector John Rebus."
A routine, if unpleasant, internal investigation of the Fife Constabulary leads Edinburgh's Inspector Malcolm Fox and his Professional Standards team (The Complaints, 2011, etc.) back to a 25-year-old cover-up. Read full book review >
THE COMPLAINTS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 7, 2011

"Will readers miss Rankin's long-running protagonist, John Rebus (Exit Music, 2008, etc.)? Don't see why they should. Bonus: Rankin's plotting and prose are as compelling as ever."
Rankin adds another Edinburgh cop to his repertoire. Read full book review >
DOORS OPEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2010

"Not up to Rankin's best—Rebus, we miss you—but certainly entertaining."
With Detective Inspector John Rebus (Exit Music, 2008, etc.) rusticated by mandatory retirement, Rankin offers a stand-alone about dishonor among thieves. Read full book review >
EXIT MUSIC by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"One can only hope that as Conan Doyle revived Holmes and John Harvey brought back Charlie Resnick, Rankin will allow Rebus (The Naming of the Dead, 2007, etc.) several encores. Meanwhile, he goes out with panache and his usual ability to see through flummery."
Say it ain't so: Rebus retires. Read full book review >
WATCHMAN by Ian Rankin
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"Not as stylishly compelling as Rankin's later efforts, but a gritty appraisal of the bomb-wielding miasma of the 1980s and a highly readable explanation of the demons that drive zealots to switch sides."
An early, Rebus-less spy thriller from Rankin (The Naming of the Dead, 2007, etc.), published for the first time in the United States. Read full book review >
THE NAMING OF THE DEAD by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 2, 2007

"The world would be better off if Rebus (Fleshmarket Alley, 2005, etc.) attended the peace summits instead of getting bogged down with the usual posturing officeholders and violent anarchists."
DI John Rebus takes on the establishment, terrorists, headline tragedies and the aftermath of his brother's death. Read full book review >
BLOOD HUNT by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 7, 2006

A stand-alone thriller from the British bestselling author. Read full book review >
FLESHMARKET ALLEY by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"Iconoclastic Rebus and tetchy Clarke (A Question of Blood, 2004, etc.) are the best thing to come out of Scotland since single-malt—especially when they're involved in a plot so rich and complex."
Cast adrift when the CID closes their old patch, DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke try to fit in at the Gayfield Square stationhouse, on the edge of Edinburgh's posh New Town. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF BLOOD by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"A notch below quintessential Rankin (Resurrection Man, Feb. 2003, etc.) with a wrap-up that doesn't quite ring true and a Rebus too dependent on painkillers and single-malt. But Siobhan—now there's a lassie to admire. "
Once again up on charges, DI John Rebus defies suspension and scalded hands to work two difficult cases. Read full book review >
RESURRECTION MEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

Finally, iconoclastic DI John Rebus has gone too far, heaving crockery at DCI Gill Templer, and he's been remanded to Tulliallan, the Scottish Police College midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, for a course on appropriate team behavior led by retired DCI Tennant, who assigns Rebus and five other anti-authority types—officers Francis Gray, Stu Sutherland, Tam Barclay, Allan Ward, Jazz McCullough—to work, together, in harmony, on the long unresolved murder of Eric Lomax. Read full book review >

A GOOD HANGING by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

Nothing more than 12 character studies, perhaps—but the character they're studying is probably the most interesting man in detective fiction, the quintessential thinking man, Edinburgh DI John Rebus. Read full book review >

THE FALLS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 2001

John Rebus, the Edinburgh detective inspector who manages to antagonize someone weighty in the course of nearly every investigation (Set in Darkness, 2000, etc.), has barely finished interrogating David Costello about the disappearance of his girlfriend Philippa "Flip" Balfour and downed a few single malts at the retirement farewell for his superior, the Farmer, when he decides, without sanctions, to search Flip's flat, where he bumps into her dad John, a partner in a private bank, who has him suspended. Read full book review >

SET IN DARKNESS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Touring the site of Edinburgh's new parliamentary building complex, dour DI John Rebus and fast-tracking DI Derek Linford are present when a moldy, desiccated skeleton comes tumbling out of a long-disused fireplace. Read full book review >

DEATH IS NOT THE END by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2000

Like CD singles, which ask a little less money for a lot less music, this initial entry in Otto Penzler's new Criminal Records series is far from a bargain page-wise. Read full book review >

DEAD SOULS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Increasingly—though still in his 40s—Detective Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police has been sounding the autumnal note. Read full book review >

THE HANGING GARDEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Staying on top of two complex investigations is tough enough, but what really has Inspector John Rebus up the wall is staying on the wagon. Read full book review >

BLACK AND BLUE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Reading him is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop."
Nearly 30 years after a serial killer dubbed Bible John abruptly retired after three vicious murders, he's back in the news again. Read full book review >
LET IT BLEED by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 5, 1996

"All you have to do is sit back and enjoy this author's boldest, most ambitious novel yet."
Who ever heard of serial suicide? Read full book review >
THE BLACK BOOK by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"22, etc.) shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page."
Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus's bad week—his lover throws him out; his ex-dealing, ex-con brother, Mickey, turns up on his doorstep—shows every promise of getting worse. Read full book review >
STRIP JACK by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"A solidly absorbing procedural — all enlivened by a succession of offbeat characters and by the author's eccentric but appealing narrative style."
A return to Edinburgh and its sturdy police force, focusing again on Detective Inspector John Rebus (Knobs and Crosses, 1988; Watchman, 1991) as he now tries to solve the murder of Liz Jack — only child of mogul Sir Hugh Ferrie; wife of respected Member of Parliament Gregor Jack; and, in her well-hidden private life, centerpiece of wild weekends at Deer Lodge, her isolated cottage. Read full book review >
WATCHMAN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1991

"Slightly disappointing sequel to Knots and Crosses, whose reporter character Jim Stevens makes a peripheral appearance here."
The British Secret Service here is a far cry from the smoothly functioning machine of James Bond and others- Chicanery, politicking, and worse are giving introspective agent Miles Flint a hard time. Read full book review >
KNOTS AND CROSSES by Ian Rankin
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Solidly drawn characters, keen psychological insights and an intriguing, well-knit plot—along with a rather florid but individual writing style—make Rankin a newcomer to watch."
A compelling first novel sent in Edinburgh, where a series of killings of young girls has the city in a panic. Read full book review >