Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working toward a PhD in Scotish Literature. His fist Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty two languages and are best sellers on several continents. Ian has been elected Hawthorden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award as well as recieving two Dagger awards for the years best short story, and the Gold Dagger for fiction. He is olso the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Albertay, St. Andrews and Edinbourgh. He has recieved an OBE for his services to Literature, opting to recieve the prize in his home city of Edinbourgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Book List in Order: 52 titles

  • Edgy, twisted and disturbing, Daggers Drawn is the first Crime Writers’ Association Daggers Award retrospective, a visceral and thrilling collection featuring bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, John Connolly, Denise Mina, and John ...



  • "He’s gone…" When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days. Rebus fears the worst -- and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daug...


  • The stage debut for the legendary detective John Rebus in this brand new, original story by Ian Rankin, written alongside the award-winning playwright Rona Munro.John Rebus is not as young as he was, but his detective instincts have never left him. A...


  • For the first time in the US, this timeless cat-and-mouse classic from the Edgar Award-winning "genius" examines political tensions in an era of espionage (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series). In Europe, the Americans...


  • A new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from Rebus' past Rebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car...


  • The stage debut for the legendary detective John Rebus in this brand new, original story by Ian Rankin, written alongside the award-winning playwright Rona Munro.John Rebus is not as young as he was, but his detective instincts have never left him. A...


  • Saughton Prison, Edinburgh. 1962. Thomas Scott is a prison warder, assigned to watch over a man condemned to hang for the murder of his wife. As the two men talk over a number of days, Scott begins to doubt whether his prisoner is guilty of the crim...


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    Rebus investigates a cold case that just turned red hot. As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: he can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left ...






  • From the internationally #1 bestselling novelist comes a tale of small time criminals on a new grift that might cost them everything.Peppard and Jarman have a new grift that seems simple enough: Go to the airport. Imitate a hired driver by copying a ...


  • A thrilling new novella about a Jekyll and Hyde"obsessed Scot in Paris from the international-bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus mysteries. For recent college graduate Ronald Hastie, a job at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookshop...


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    Rebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is ki...


  • There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man The New Yorker calls "the ideal sleuth." Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark ...


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    Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car acciden...


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    John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no s...


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    Ian Rankin's brilliant new hero, Malcolm Fox, who made his celebrated debut in The Complaints, is investigating a police department where the corruption is deep and deadly. The Complaints: that's the Internal Affairs department that seeks out dirt...


  • Nobody likes The Complaints--they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's a department known within the force as The Dark Side, and it's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an ...


  • HELLBLAZER's John Constantine must become part of HAUNTED PALACE -- a closed-set reality game-show (think BIG BROTHER or SCI-FI's new reality show, ESTATE OF PANIC) in order to deal with a supernatural murder of one of the contestants. He enters as a...


  • "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 friend Benjy turned up in a car ...






  • Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie-retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast-wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career ...


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    THE FINAL OUTING FOR ONE OF CRIME FICTION'S MOST BELOVED HEROES. JOHN REBUS IT'S LATE FALL in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he ties up loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on Rebus's desk: a d...


  • in Penguin Book of Crime Stories

    International bestselling author Peter Robinson turns his razor-sharp instinct for crime writing to this unique anthology featuring the cream of crime fiction. With a selection of 15 stories featuring established bestsellers and new voices, The Pengu...


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    WHEN AN INTERNATIONAL conference delegate falls to his death during a dinner at Edinburgh Castle, John Rebus is given what looks like a simple suicide to write up. But even as he keeps it out of the headlines, Rebus probes where no probing is wanted ...


  • A PROFESSIONAL ASSASSIN is paid well to do his work and ask no questions. Total secrecy is part of the job. But after Michael Weston completes a successful mission in London, the police are immediately on his tail. How did they know where to find him...


  • Ian Rankin's guide to the places in Scotland that have provided inspiration for his bestselling Inspector Rebus novels.'His novels are playing a significant part in redefining Scotland's image of itself in literature' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYIn REBUS'S ...


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    Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushe...


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    On a notorious street where propriety and decadence clash, in the basement of a newly renovated bar, the bones of a woman and child are discovered beneath a concrete floor. It's an unusually gruesome find, even for Fleshmarket Alley. When Inspector J...


  • "A formidable presence in Rankin's precision-tooled plot.... `Witch' is the code name for the tall, wraithlike woman who has been working as a contract killer for almost twenty years, picking off prominent political, military, and industrial figur...


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    Just how random were the killings at Edinburgh's posh, private Port Edgar Academy? Everyone assumed a lone madman was responsible for the melee at the school. But why was the killer chummy with the class misfits? Why is the sole surviving witness so ...






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    Packed off to the remote Scottish Police College for a lesson in teamwork -- after hurling a mug at his supervisor's face -- Inspector John Rebus finds himself in a snake pit. His classmates, an unruly band of rebel cops known as Resurrection Men, ar...


  • in Mysterious Pleasures

    'Show me a man or woman who cannot stand mysteries and I will show you a fool. A clever fool -- perhaps -- but a fool just the same' RAYMOND CHANDLER Ever since its creation in 1953, the Crime Writers' Association has celebrated and champione...


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    When the privileged daughter of a merchant banker disappears, a search through her e-mails uncovers her secret life--and her bizarre correspondence with an on-line game player who delights in macabre puzzles. The first game was for the girl. The next...


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    A man dead for twenty years is found behind a wall in the renovated Parliament Building of newly independent Scotland. A tramp jumps off of a bridge and leaves behind a suitcase full of cash. And Roddy Grieve, a political candidate and the favorite s...


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    For readers unfamiliar with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin's longer works, this special edition novella is the perfect opportunity to get to know Rankin and his unforgettable creation, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus fans, i...


  • From bestselling Ian Rankin, winner of the 1997 CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for Black & Blue, come the early Inspector Rebus novels, gathered in one volume for the first time.KNOTS & CROSSES: Two girls have been abducted and brutally murdere...


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    A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. Driven by instinct and experience, John Rebus searches for connections, against official skepticism. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish elit...


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    Detective John Rebus--as tough and complex as they come--wages his own private war with the bottle in a Scotland as smokey, seductive, and multi-layered as a single-malt. And in Jan Rankin's growing body of work, readers can always find gripping susp...


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    A murdered oil-rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed "Johnny Bible. And a reopened investigation that doesn't bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus's Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is ridd...


  • in 3rd Culprit (Worldwide)

    Crime in all its devious incarnations is presented in this treat of murderous morsels dished out by old ppros and promising newcomers. Artfully crafted and impossible to put down, each story bountifully demooonstrates why these authors are la creme d...






  • A former soldier, Gordon Reeve knows something about killing. So, despite the fact that his journalist brother Jim's death has been ruled a suicide, he can't shake the feeling that someone is responsible--and someone, Gordon thinks, will pay. Trav...


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    In the dark days and biting windstorms of an Edinburgh winter, two drop-out kids dive off the towering Forth Road Bridge. A civic office is spattered by a grisly gun-blast. Two suicides and a murder that just don't add up, unless John Rebus can crunc...


  • in Master's Choice: Volume II

    An outstanding array of crime fiction by some of today's leading authors is accompanied by short stories from the acclaimed writers who inspired them and features works by Ian Rankin, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, Evan Hunter, Edgar Allan Po...


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    In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heat of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams w...


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    Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh's seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body--with a bullet in its head--is found amongst the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superio...


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    A killer makes a frantic phone confession to police, only to recant with equal desperation--and absolute conviction...An attempt on the life of a strangely reclusive war vet yields questions about his mysterious past--and his very existence...A thirt...


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    Gregor Jack has it all: young, wealthy, and charming, he's a highly respected member of Parliament, with a beautiful wife--and a closet bursting with skeletons. When he's caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel, his house of cards begins to t...


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    Scottish homicide detective John Rebus has been sent from "North of the Border" to help London police catch a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. Teamed with a London cop he wants to trust but can't, Rebus lets a beautiful psychologist into the case a...


  • From #1 international bestseller Ian Rankin, an unlucky spy gets one last chance at redemption. Miles Flint is a spy who has been making some serious mistakes. His last assignment led to the death of a foreign official in London, and after getting t...


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    COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE... At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh. But in a shadowy, crumbling housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. John Rebus cou...






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    DETECTIVE JOHN REBUS: HIS CITY IS BEING TERRORIZED BY A BAFFLING SERIES OF MURDERS ...AND HE'S TIED TO A MANIAC BY AN INVISIBLE KNOT OF BLOOD. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, mi...


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    Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Ten years ago, A GOOD ...


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    Publishers Weekly's starred review: Set in and around colleges and universities, the 17 new stories and one reprint in this top-notch anthology explore the forbidding side of academia. As Block (the Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries) notes in his droll...