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Dark Road out now in paperback

First performed at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre in 2013, Dark Road was co-written by the Royal Lyceum’s Artistic Director Mark Thomson.

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Listen to Black and Blue free!

Listen to a serialisation of the Black and Blue audiobook throughout August

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Welcome to my new look website!

This is the place to find out about Rebus, Fox, Siobhan and Cafferty, plus the man who created them!

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Listen to Black and Blue

Listen to a serialisation of the Black and Blue audiobook, read by James Macpherson, for free! We will be publishing a new chapter every weekday through out August.



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  • John Rebus

    Rebus is a professional misanthrope made more cynical by the job he does. A flawed, pessimistic, multi-layered character, he delights in flouting authority; he smokes and drinks; he doesn’t play by the rules.

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  • “Big Ger” Cafferty

    The gangster who runs Edinburgh, and Rebus’s chief adversary, Cafferty runs a criminal organisation that uses intimidation, bribery and murder to deliver what he wants.

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  • Malcom Fox

    Complaints Officer Fox is hardworking and pernickety; a team player, not cynical like Rebus, and not a drinker. Long teetotal, he is an interesting character who is somewhat repressed

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  • Siobhan Clarke

    Siobhan plays by the rules; she’s young and ambitious and she embraces the new techniques of policing. She is the perfect foil to Rebus, and the two develop a grudging respect and friendship.

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Creating Rebus

For more than twenty years novelist Ian Rankin has entertained and gripped us with stories of the maverick Detective Inspector Rebus, whose daily grind involves tackling Edinburgh’s grim underbelly. For Rebus, the city is just ‘a crime scene waiting to happen’.

How did Edinburgh inspire such dark stories?