Inspector Rebus novels
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 a jigsaw no one - perhaps not even he - wants completed.
'James Ellroy once called Rankin "the Scottish James Ellroy" in jest. They have the darkness in common, certainly, but Rankin has more elegance'
'No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin'
'Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing'