First printing of this mass market paperback edition. The complete series list for a john rebus mystery ian rankin. Gripping, atmospheric and utterly compelling, a song for the dark times is an explosive entry in a formidable canon of crime writing. In 2009 rankin stated on radio five live that he would start work on a five or sixissue run on the comic book hellblazer, although he may turn the story into a standalone graphic novel instead. In some cases, as with chronicles of narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.
Creator of multiple novels and winner of countless literary awards, rankin s most lauded work is the inspector rebus series. Buy a cheap copy of rebus three great novels book by ian rankin. The novel will be published by the orion publishing group in hardback, ebook. One year later, in 1987, the first book in ian rankins inspector rebus series of books was published, knots and crosses. His first rebus novel was published in 1987, and the rebus books are now translated into thirtysix languages and are bestsellers worldwide. The rebus novels are one of the most consistently wonderful detectives series. Hands in his pockets, rebus turned to face cafferty. Order of reading ian rankins rebus books digital spy. Here are the ian rankin books in order for his inspector rebus series, as well as his other published. As of 2015 they are published in the uk by the orion. Ian rankin, obe, subtly introduces challenging social issues into each novel as racial prejudice, the sleaze behind the touristfriendly facade and a rapidly evolving scotland are all. Black and blue special edition special edition of the awardwinning rebus novel includes exclusive extra material. Ian rankin announces new rebus novel for 2018 the bookseller. This is the official facebook page for ian rankin, run by his publishers.
In the early 1980s, ian rankin was a jack of all trades. For rankins reflections on the scottish capital, see edinburgh. The black book is a 1993 crime novel by ian rankin, the fifth of the inspector rebus novels. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Rebus is out there right now, on some edinburgh street as inspector rebus approaches his 30th anniversary, his creator explains how the sleuth took on a life of his own ian rankin. The second novel featuring inspector john rebus, available for the first time as an ebook and with an exclusive introduction by author ian rankin. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
He originally thought he would be compared to the likes of robert louis stevenson rather than to be considered part of the tartan noir genre. Best known for his rebus series, they deliver hardboiled crime with a distinct scottish flavour sometimes cheesily referred to as tartan noir. The inspector rebus series is commercially successful in the united kingdom, accounting for an estimated 10% of all crime book sales in the uk as of 2015. I read an non rebus ian rankin book on holiday and loved it and have heard people rave about the rebus books. The only criteria set is that, aye, they must be six of the best. Still this is where rebus started and rankins career so worth reading if you want to get into the rebus series, which recently includes rather be the devil. Many of the books have been adapted to a television series on.
Ian rankin is the uks number one bestselling crime writer. However, it took rankin some time to follow up with the next book in the inspector rebus series, as he instead went back to writing standalone novels watchman, which was published in 1988, and westwind, which was. Browse author series lists, sequels, pseudonyms, synopses, book covers, ratings and awards. Ian rankin s guide to the places in scotland that have provided inspiration for his bestselling inspector rebus novels. The crime novelists first john rebus book launched 30 years ago im sitting in the library of the scotch malt whisky societys smws queen street venue on a quiet, sunny sunday afternoon, ready to talk murder and discover how a boy from workingclass cardenden in fife became one of britains top crime novelists.
The first series starred john hannah as di john rebus. The rebus series has 19 novels to date, the last of which, saints of the shadow bible, was published in 20. The series was produced by stv productions for the itv network, and four series were broadcast between 26 april 2000 and 7 december 2007. Knots and crosses inspector rebus novels by ian rankin september 16, 2008. Six of the best is a semiregular feature that pokes, prods and persuades your favourite bands, bards and barometers of hip opinion to tell us six of the best tracks theyve ever heard. It is the first book to feature siobhan clarke and morris gerald cafferty appears as a main character. Rankin grew up in a small coalmining town, where at a young age he displayed a talent for writing poetry. For information on the rebus word and picture puzzle see rebus rebus is a british television detective drama series based on the inspector rebus novels by the scottish author ian rankin. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.
He lives in edinburgh, and writes about the city in his awardwinning inspector rebus novels. Based in edinburgh, inspector john rebus has to battle with demons of his own, while also attempting to unveil and uncover the brutal crimes he has to confront as part of his increasingly important workload. Rarely has that talent been better displayed than in exit music which sees the flawed but redeemingly honest central character staggering towards the finishing line of an inglorious career that has utterly defined his life scotland on sunday. Rebus finds himself sucked into an investigation that throws up more questions than answers. Rankin s goal in life was not always to write crime fiction. Rankin has also published a number of novels under the pseudonym, jack harvey.
Many of rebuss character traits are already laid out. He is best known for his inspector rebus novels, which are set in edinburgh. An appropriate date, then, for us to bring you a first look at ian rankins latest opus and the cover is even green. Ian rankin, in full ian james rankin, pseudonym jack harvey, born april 28, 1960, cardenden, fife, scotland, scottish bestselling crime novelist, creator of the inspector rebus series. Ian rankin started the inspector rebus series with knots and crosses in 1987. His next novel, knots and crosses was the beginning of the inspector rebus character. The eighth of the inspector rebus novels, it was the first to be adapted in the rebus television series starring john hannah, airing in 2000 it is considered a landmark entry in the tartan noir genre.
Crime writer ian rankin, 48, has written a string of books but is best known for his inspector rebus novels set in edinburgh. The rebus novels have been translated into 26 different languages. Ian rankin became a published author in 1986 when the flood was released. Below is a list of all of ian rankin s inspector rankin books in order of when they were originally published. Rankin also reveals the story of rebus and how he came into being, who he is. Drafted down to the big smoke thanks to a shelve tooth and nail. Since then, most of his work has been in the rebus series, although he has also written some standalone books and a new series featuring malcolm fox.
The tracks could be mainstream millionsellers or they could be obfuscatingly obscure, it doesnt matter. There is no detective like ian rankins detective inspector john rebus, a man the new yorker calls the ideal sleuth. If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title eg. Rankin has an unparalleled ability to draw in the reader and make us feel every knock and setback in inspector rebuss redraw life. A book of short stories by rankin including seven rebus stories. His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of. Ian rankins latest inspector rebus novel, in a house of lies.
Di john rebus is an oldfashioned copper with a love of offkilter music, and the odd refreshment. Below is a list of all of ian rankins inspector rankin books in order of when they were originally published. Ian rankins inspector john rebus novels in chronological. Was the lord provosts daughter kidnapped or just another. They were old men now, similar builds, similar backgrounds. Rankins first rebus novel, starting with a crime with a strong personal link to rebus own biography. Ian rankin has been elected a hawthornden fellow, and is also a past winner of the chandlerfulbright award.
A good hanging and other stories 1992 strip jack 1992 the black book 1993 mortal causes 1994 the three novels above are published as rebus. All the inspector rebus novels in the order in which they were written and published. The series is incredibly popular in the united kingdom, making up 10% of crime fiction sales there. The inspector rebus books are a series of detective novels by the scottish author ian rankin.
The vertigo comics panel at wondercon 2009 confirmed that the story would be published as a graphic novel, dark entries, the second release from the companys vertigo crime imprint. The second inspector rebus novel from britains shelve hide and seek. A new john rebus book is as welcome as a cool pint of guinness on st patricks day. Ian rankin collection 10 books collection book people. Each of the novels is linked by returning characters, such as siobhan clarke and big ger cafferty, but you can start reading the. The best books in ian rankins inspector rebus series novel. The novels, centred on detective inspector john rebus, are mostly based in and around edinburgh. A major contributor to the tartan noir genre, ian studied literature at university and lived in tottenham and rural france while developing his career as a novelist. Buy ian rankins inspector rebus collection by ian rankin isbn. Rankin originally killed off rebus in this, but brought him back. Born in fife on 28 april, 1960 but best known for his edinburghset novels starring inspector rebus, ian rankin is britains most successful crime writer. Discover book depositorys huge selection of ian rankin books online. Now he is one of the most widely known crime novelist in the united kingdom.
Ian rankin also writing as jack harvey is a scottish mystery author best known for his inspector rebus series which currently includes 21 novels and several short stories the latest novel was published in 2016 with the title rather be the devil here are the ian rankin books in order for his inspector rebus series, as well as his other published books. The books have twice been dramatised for television starring john hannah and ken stott respectively, and are translated into 36 languages. The whole series, organised in the order they were originally published. Dead souls is a 1999 crime novel by ian rankin that features inspector rebus. Ian rankin has announced there will be new novel featuring his iconic detective protagonist john rebus in autumn 2018. The writing improved in later rebus novels and the police procedures were depicted more accurately. It is also the first book where rebus is based at st leonards police station.1246 919 1128 530 1133 1085 1108 1000 1074 1217 95 1314 946 435 535 877 565 491 677 286 1182 1339 725 805 970 113 757 1498 170 461 1391 1217 585 634 408 1060 1206 849 1011 1235 344 1001