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  • Even Dogs in the Wild

    Coming Soon Hands in his pockets, Rebus turned to face Cafferty. They were old men now, similar builds, similar backgrounds. Sat together in a pub, the casual onlooker might mistake them for pals who’d known one another since school. But their history told a different story. Retirement doesn’t suit John Rebus. He wasn’t made for…

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  • Dark Road: A Play

    First performed at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, the first stage play from Ian Rankin It’s been 25 years since Alfred Chalmers was convicted of the gruesome murder of four young women in Edinburgh. Isobel McArthur, Scotland’s first Chief Constable, was the woman responsible for putting him behind bars, but the case has haunted her ever…

    First Published: 2014
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  • The Beat Goes On

    There is no detective like DI Rebus – brilliant, irascible and endlessly frustrating both to his friends and his long-suffering bosses. For over two decades he has walked through the dark places of Edinburgh . . . Now Rebus’s life is revealed through this complete collection of stories, from his early days as a young…

    First Published: 2014
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  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

    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 then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And…

    First Published: 2013
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  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave

    It’s been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back to life, he can’t resist the opportunity to get his feet under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and…

    First Published: 2012
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  • The Impossible Dead

    Malcolm Fox and his team are back, investigating whether fellow cops covered up for Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct, but what should be a simple job is soon complicated by a brutal murder and a weapon that should not even exist. A trail of revelations leads Fox back to 1985,…

    First Published: 2011
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  • A Cool Head

    Written specially for World Book Day Quick Reads. “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 him.” Gravy worked in the graveyard – hence the name. He was having a normal day until his…

    First Published: 2009
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  • Dark Entries

    Occult detective John Constantine has seen his share of strange things in his career, but nothing could prepare him for the horrors of . . . reality television. Haunted Mansion is currently the hottest show on TV, but when the macabre house actually starts attacking the contestants, Constantine is hired to be the ultimate mole.…

    First Published: 2009
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  • The Complaints

    Nobody likes The Complaints – they’re the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as ‘the Dark Side’, or simply ‘The Complaints’. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He’s just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he’s middle-aged, sour…

    First Published: 2009
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  • Doors Open

    Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. He is looking for something to liven up the days and settles on a plot to rip off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital – the National Gallery of Scotland.…

    First Published: 2008
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  • Exit Music

    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 retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence, a delegation of Russian businessmen is…

    First Published: 2007
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  • The Naming of the Dead

    A murder has been committed – but as the victim was a rapist, recently released from prison, no one is too concerned about the crime. That is, until Detective Inspector John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke uncover evidence that a serial killer is on the loose… When Rebus also starts looking into the apparent suicide…

    First Published: 2006
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  • Rebus’s Scotland

    Ian Rankin’s guide to the places in Scotland that have provided inspiration for his bestselling Inspector Rebus novels. Ian uncovers the Scotland that the tourist never sees, highlighting the places that inspired the settings for the Inspector Rebus novels. Rankin also reveals the story of Rebus and how he came into being, who he is,…

    First Published: 2005
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  • Fleshmarket Close

    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 has closed for business, and his masters want him to retire. But Rebus is stubborn. As he investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers’ detention centre, deal with the sleazy…

    First Published: 2004
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  • A Question of Blood

    Two 17-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. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won’t be shaken off. The killer had friends and…

    First Published: 2003
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  • Beggars Banquet

    A collection of Ian’s short stories, ranging from the macabre (‘The Hanged Man’) to the unfortunate (‘The Only True Comedian’) right back to the sinister (‘Someone Got To Eddie’). This title is out of print. You can find a full collection of all Ian Rankin’s short stories in The Beat Goes On.

    First Published: 2002
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  • Resurrection Men

    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 Scottish Police College for ‘retraining’ – in other words, he’s in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is assigned to an old, unsolved case, but there…

    First Published: 2002
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  • The Falls

    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 almost nothing to go on until DI John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there’s more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom. Two leads emerge: a carved…

    First Published: 2001
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  • Set in Darkness

    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 liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident in Queensbury House, bang in the middle of his patch. But Queensbury House has its own dark past. Legend has it…

    First Published: 2000
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  • The Jack Harvey Novels

    From bestselling Ian Rankin, winner of the 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for fiction for Black & Blue the three Jack Harvey novels, gathered together in one omnibus volume.

    First Published: 2000
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  • Dead Souls

    Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma – should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals…

    First Published: 1999
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  • The Hanging Garden

    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 an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes a distraught Bosnian call girl under his…

    First Published: 1998
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  • Black and Blue

    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 scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow’s Mr Big. As if this wasn’t enough, there are TV…

    First Published: 1997
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  • Blood Hunt

    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 in his hand. In the US to identify the body Gordon realises that his brother has been murdered. What’s more, it’s soon obvious that his own…

    First Published: 1995
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  • Let it Bleed

    Struggling through another Edinburgh winter, Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost’s daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a…

    First Published: 1995
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  • Bleeding Hearts

    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 man who fired the gun who’s asking all the questions… The assassin, Michael Weston, knows he has carried out his assignment successfully. One mistake was…

    First Published: 1994
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  • Mortal Causes

    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 streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable.…

    First Published: 1994
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  • The Black Book

    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-forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague’s notebook, Rebus must piece together the most complex and confusing of jigsaws.…

    First Published: 1993
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  • Witch Hunt

    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 major international incident. Dominic Elder carries her autograph wherever he goes. Witch is his passion, his obsession. And being retired is no bar to his willingness to restart the…

    First Published: 1993
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  • A Good Hanging

    Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and tradition, a seat of learning, of elegant living, known as the ‘Athens of the North’. But that isn’t all. The city’s flip-side is a city of grudges, blackmail, violence, greed and fear – where past and present clash and old wounds fester. In any year Detective Inspector…

    First Published: 1992
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  • Strip Jack

    Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth – to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack’s carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a ‘mistake’ during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn’t, and…

    First Published: 1992
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  • Tooth and Nail

    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 Street. Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn’t happy…

    First Published: 1992
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  • Hide and Seek

    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 wall above. Just another dead addict – until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.…

    First Published: 1991
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  • Watchman

    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 watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to…

    First Published: 1988
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  • Knots & Crosses

    The very first Rebus novel. ‘And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you…?’ ‘That sort of thing’ is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant…

    First Published: 1987
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  • The Flood

    The book that began Ian Rankin’s phenomenal career. Mary Miller had always been an outcast. Burnt in a chemical mix as a young girl, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture…

    First Published: 1986
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