Ian Rankin

The King of Tartan Noir and creator of the Inspector Rebus series...

Ian Ranking

Biography

Date of birth: 28 April 1960

Born in Fife 1960, multi-award winner Ian Rankin is one of Scotland's most popular living authors. Although he has written several books under the pseudonym Jack Harvey, and a number of standalone novels, he is best known for the Inspector Rebus series.

The Rebus books deliver hardboiled crime with a distinct Gaelic style - sometimes referred to as Tartan Noir. DI John Rebus is an old-fashioned copper with a love of 1960's rock music, which permeates the novels.

Book and writing awards

CWA Short Story Dagger (1996) (Herbert in motion), The Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction (1997) (Black and Blue), Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature (2002), University of Edinburgh honorary doctorate (2003), MWA Edgar Award 2004 (Resurrection Men), CWA Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), Outstanding Achievement Award from the Specsavers National Book Awards (2012).

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The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

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There is no detective like DI Rebus. Brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, he has made the dark places of Edinburgh his comfort and his home for over two decades. From his beginnings as...
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The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories (Hardback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Hardback 464 pages
Published: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

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There is no detective like DI Rebus. Brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, he has made... Read more

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Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 11/09/2014
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Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back... Read more

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Exit Music

Exit Music (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 19/04/2008
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It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before... Read more

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Fleshmarket Close

Fleshmarket Close (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station... Read more

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A Question of Blood

A Question of Blood (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. The mystery takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community.... Read more

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Resurrection Men

Resurrection Men (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Rebus is off the case - literally. A few days into the murder inquiry of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at a colleague. He is sent to the... Read more

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The Falls

The Falls (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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A student has gone missing in Edinburgh. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of well-to-do and influential bankers. There's... Read more

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Set in Darkness

Set in Darkness (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Edinburgh is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in 300 years. As political passions run high, DI John Rebus is charged with... Read more

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he... Read more

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The Impossible Dead

The Impossible Dead (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 24/05/2012
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Malcolm Fox and his team are back, investigating whether fellow cops covered up for Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of... Read more

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The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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DI Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus... Read more

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Black and Blue

Black and Blue (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the... Read more

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Let it Bleed

Let it Bleed (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the... Read more

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Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing...A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean... Read more

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The Black Book

The Black Book (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspector John Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body, and a long... Read more

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Strip Jack

Strip Jack (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully... Read more

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Tooth and Nail

Tooth and Nail (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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They call him the Wolfman - because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf... Read more

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the... Read more

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Knots and Crosses

Knots and Crosses (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 07/08/2008
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'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of... Read more

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Blood Hunt

Blood Hunt (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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It begins with a phone call. Gordon Reeve's brother has been found dead in his car in San Diego. The car was locked from the inside, a gun was... Read more

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Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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The death of a journalist from a single bullet to the heart makes for a dramatic story - but the twist in the tale is that this time, it's the... Read more

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Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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Interpol have tried and failed to find the terrorist, Witch. Now the combined forces of Scotland Yard and MI5 must try the impossible to prevent a... Read more

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A Cool Head

A Cool Head (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 19/02/2009
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"My dad used to say to me, 'Try to keep a cool head and a warm heart'. At least I think it was my dad. I don't really remember... Read more

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The Complaints

The Complaints (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but... Read more

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Dark Entries

Dark Entries (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin, et al.

Format: Paperback 216 pages
Published: 24/09/2010
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd

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International best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin (Rebus) and artist Werther Dell'Edera (Loveless) present a chilling, locked-room mystery... Read more

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Watchman

Watchman (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to... Read more

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Standing in Another Man's Grave

Standing in Another Man's Grave (Paperback)

by Ian Rankin

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium. A mother determined to find the truth. A retired cop desperate to... Read more

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