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?

The posts on this page explore the process of creating Rebus.


The Social Context

Real Time Writing


Crime Scene Edinburgh

Exploring the city's dark side


A Vinyl Guy in a Digital World

Music and Rebus


The Path from Rankin to Rebus

Ian's literary influences