A Song for the Dark Times (Paperback)
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A Song for the Dark Times (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 29/04/2021
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Centred on the disappearance of his daughter’s husband and a set of family secrets that the maverick detective isn’t sure that he wants to uncover, A Song for the Dark Times is an intensely personal case for John Rebus.

Longlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger 2021

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2021

Longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021

From the iconic Number One bestseller Ian Rankin, comes one of the must-read books of the year: A Song For the Dark Times.

'He's gone...'

When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.

Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409176992
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Genius ... Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.' - The Times

'Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure. I loved it.' -  Marian Keyes

'For more than three decades Ian Rankin has been out in front of the pack, delivering the best books out there, raising the bar each and every time. A Song For The Dark Times proves it. This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations.' - Michael Connelly

'An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction.' -  Mick Herron

'There is a sense of warmth and freedom in this novel, as though Rebus's retirement has liberated his creator as much as himself.' - Literary Review

'Rankin's affection for his character remains undimmed, even as he writes with candour about [Rebus's] failure as a father.' - The Sunday Times

'...masterly storytelling.' - Sunday Express

'Another class act from a storyteller who makes it seem effortless.' - Sunday Mirror

'...a gripping, complex mystery.' - Mail on Sunday

'[A Song for the Dark Times] is vintage Rankin - which is to say, the best that the crime genre can currently offer.' - Financial Times

'No matter how dark the times, the arrival of a Rankin novel remains one of life's pleasures.' - Matt Nixson, Daily Express

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“A Song for the Dark Times is yet another superb episode in the Rebus detective series”

When his daughter Samantha calls to tell him that her partner has gone missing, Rebus drops everything and drives the 250 miles north to provide support for her and his granddaughter. Although retired now, Rebus still... More

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“Rebus is back - and just as good as ever!”

Following a diagnosis of COPD Rebus and Brillo the dog are moving ..... into a smaller garden flat downstairs from where he’s lived for years! DI Siobhan Clarke has a new lover, DCI Graham Sutherland. Clarke,... More

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“Excellent read”

I have read many of Ian Rankin’s novels before and most of the Rebus series finding the central character witty and clever.

We begin with Rebus and his dog, Brillo, moving downstairs to a smaller, garden flat in the... More

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