New Release Books by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the author of Daggers Drawn (2023), The Dark Remains (2022), The People's City (2022), Rebus: The St Leonard's Years (2021) and other 167 books.

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Daggers Drawn

release date: Aug 08, 2023
Daggers Drawn
Edgy, twisted and disturbing, the first Crime Writers’ Association Daggers Award retrospective anthology featuring 19 visceral and thrilling stories. Featuring bestselling authors Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, John Connolly, Denise Mina, John Harvey and more. NINETEEN CWA DAGGER AWARD-WINNING SHORT STORIES FROM THE BEST OF THE BEST IN CRIME FICTION The first retrospective of the CWA’s Dagger Award winners, brings together some of the greatest names in crime fiction to deliver a cutthroat collection of serial killers, grizzled detectives, drug dealers and master forgers. Observe as a Senior Curator at the Tate Gallery constructs the perfect crime in Ian Rankin’s “Herbert in Motion”. Watch an unlikely romance sour into a deadly obsession in Stella Duffy’s “Martha Grace”. Face parents who discover their child has committed the unthinkable in Denise Mina’s “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”. And in Jeffery Deaver’s “The Weekender” an intense hostage situation hits its peak in the most unlikely conclusion. Keep your secrets close, and your daggers drawn. Featuring: Peter O'' Donnell (writing as Madeleine Brent), Julian Rathbone, Larry Beinhart, Ian Rankin, Jerry Sykes, Stella Duffy, Jeffery Deaver, Peter Lovesey, Cath Staincliffe, Margaret Murphy, John Harvey, Richard Lange, L. C. Tyler, Denise Mina, Danutah Reah and Lauren Henderson.

The Dark Remains

release date: Jun 02, 2022
The Dark Remains
F the truth''s in the shadows, get out of the light... Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he''s dead and it was no accident. He''s left behind his share of enemies, but who dealt the fatal blow? DC Jack Laidlaw''s reputation precedes him. He''s not a team player, but he''s got a sixth sense for what''s happening on the streets. As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.

The People's City

release date: Jan 01, 2022
The People's City
The world''s first UNESCO city of literature, Edinburgh is steeped in literary history. It is the birthplace of a beloved cast of fictional characters from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter. It is the home of the Writer''s Museum, where quotes from writers of the past pave the steps leading up to it. A city whose beauty is matched only by the intrigue of its past, and where Robert Louis Stevenson said, ''there are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh''s street-lamps''. And to celebrate the city, its literature, and more importantly, its people, Polygon and the One City Trust have brought together writers -- established and emerging -- to write about the place they call home. Based around landmarks or significant links to Edinburgh each story transports the reader to a different decade in the city''s recent past. Through these stories each author reflects on the changes, both generational and physical, in the city in which we live.

Rebus: The St Leonard's Years

release date: Nov 04, 2021
Rebus: The St Leonard's Years
''Britain''s best crime novelist'' Daily Express STRIP JACK To the outside world, MP Gregor Jack is well-liked and successful. But his carefully nurtured career takes a tumble after a ''mistake'' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then his wife disappears and a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn''t... Rebus soon realises that not only is the MP''s image tarnishing fast - but someone wants to strip Jack naked - and Rebus wants to know why. 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. But not everyone wants the puzzle solved - perhaps not even Rebus himself... 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. When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it''s just about to erupt. ''Rankin''s ability to create a credible character, delivering convincing dialogue to complement sinister and hard-hitting plots against vividly detailed atmosphere, is simply awesome'' Time Out

Westwind

release date: Jan 07, 2020
Westwind
In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught betwixt and between. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: A British man named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters. Halfway across the world, Martin Hepton, an English ground control technician watches as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton''s who suspects something strange is going on is signed off sick, and never comes back. Hepton decides to investigate his friend''s suspicions and his trail leads him to Dreyfuss, the MI6, the American military, and back to his former girlfriend, Jill, who is an up-and-coming journalist with the contacts and the courage to cover the story. But there is much more at stake than anyone realises - and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade...

A Song for the Dark Times

release date: Apr 27, 2021

Rebus: Long Shadows

release date: Sep 20, 2018
Rebus: Long Shadows
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. And after the daughter of a murder victim turns up outside his flat, he''s going to need them at their sharpest. Enlisting the help of his old friend DI Siobhan Clarke, Rebus is determined to solve this cold case once and for all. But Clarke has problems of her own, problems that will put her at odds with her long-time mentor and push him into seeking help from his age-old adversary: ''Big Ger'' Cafferty. This haunting story takes Rebus to places he has never been before, sets him and his long-time foe on a collision course and takes us deeper into one of the most satisfying conflicts in modern fiction. Featuring an introduction from Rankin himself, a Q&A between writers Ian and Rona, an interview with the director, and behind-the-scenes production materials, this book is one Rebus fans will not want to miss out on.

Bookshop Mysteries

release date: Sep 05, 2017
Bookshop Mysteries
Five thrilling tales of mystery, mayhem, and murder from an exceptional quintet of Edgar, CWA Dagger, and National Book Award winners. Crime and literature make strange and sinister bedfellows in this winning anthology of book-themed whodunits by five acclaimed masters of mystery and suspense. Multiple award-winning, bestselling authors provide the literary thrills and chills in this masterful collection of five ingeniously puzzling mysteries that belong in the library of every crime fiction aficionado. Dead Dames Don’t Sing by John Harvey: Looking for a big payday but finding big trouble instead, ex-London-cop-turned-private-investigator Jack Kiley attempts to uncover the true origins of a controversial, pseudonymously written pulp novel. The Travelling Companion by Ian Rankin: A young Scotsman in Paris is drawn into a shocking mystery that resides within the pages of an unpublished manuscript allegedly penned by Robert Louis Stevenson. Mystery, Inc. by Joyce Carol Oates: When an obsessive collector of bookstores discovers a charming new shop, he decides he must have it at any cost—even if he has to commit murder. Remaindered by Peter Lovesey: For some nefarious reason, the widow and former associates of a slain gangster are determined to keep the Precious Finds Bookstore open following the unfortunate demise of the shop’s owner. The Book Thing by Laura Lippman: Private investigator Tess Monaghan must help the irascible proprietor of a Baltimore children’s bookstore keep her business afloat by unmasking an elusive and utterly ingenious book thief.

Meet and Greet

release date: Apr 19, 2016
Meet and Greet
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 name that they see in the crowd. Collect the passenger before the real drive does, take him to a secluded area and rob them. It seems like a simple plan to make some quick cash for these two amateurs--that is, until they finally meet a pro. "Meet and Greet" by Ian Rankin is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books''s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

Tooth and Nail

release date: Oct 21, 2014
Tooth and Nail
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 develops a bizarre portrait of a killer who leaves bite marks and tears on each victim''s body. Now it''s only a question of who is going to get busted first: the cop with the accent who breaks all the rules--or the psycho painting London with blood... The New York Times calls Ian Rankin''s Inspector Rebus books "A superior series," and Tooth and Nail is another outstanding entry.

In the Nick of Time

release date: Sep 30, 2014
In the Nick of Time
In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Ian Rankin and Peter James—along with their most famous characters, John Rebus and Roy Grace—team up for the first time ever. Detectives John Rebus and Roy Grace could not be more different. Different generations, different backgrounds, and not to mention, they work 500 miles apart. The case that eventually brings them together centers on a crime that happened when Rebus was just a teenager in the 1960s—but it took place in Roy Grace’s stomping grounds in Brighton, England, at a time when violence erupted between rival gangs known as Mods and Rockers. Now, a deathbed confession in in Edinburgh brings Rebus and Grace together to investigate a cold case with a shocking twist. For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven stories in FaceOff!

FaceOff

release date: Jun 03, 2014
FaceOff
A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller! Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide! In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos: · Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly · John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James · Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child · Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner · Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein · Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford · Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson · Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay · Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker · Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins · Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute read.

10 Great Rebus Novels

release date: Sep 12, 2013
10 Great Rebus Novels
A brilliant box set of the first ten Rebus novels. Collection comprises of: Knots & Crosses; Hide & Seek; Tooth & Nail; Strip Jack; The Black Book; Mortal Causes; Let it Bleed; Black & Blue; The Hanging Garden; Dead Souls.

Standing in Another Man's Grave

release date: Nov 08, 2012
Standing in Another Man's Grave
What price will he pay to get his old life back...? From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES ''This is British crime-writing of the finest, lasting quality'' DAILY MAIL ''Genius ... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime'' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium. A mother determined to find the truth. A retired cop desperate to get his old life back... 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 he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke. All Rebus wants to do is uncover the truth. The big question is: can he be the man he once was and still stay on the right side of the law?

In a House of Lies

release date: Oct 04, 2018
In a House of Lies
THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER FROM THE ICONIC IAN RANKIN THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST ''GENIUS'' LEE CHILD ''STUNNING'' JILLY COOPER ''GRIPPING'' KATE MOSSE ''A MUST-READ'' TANA FRENCH ''UTTERLY ENGROSSING'' DAILY MAIL * * * * * Private investigator Stuart Bloom was missing, presumed dead. Until now. His body is discovered in an abandoned car - in an area that had already been searched... Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke combs through the mistakes of the original investigation. After a decade without answers, it''s time for the truth. But it seems everyone involved with the case is hiding something. None more so than Siobhan''s own mentor: former detective John Rebus. The only man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him. EVERYONE HAS SECRETS NOBODY IS INNOCENT IN A HOUSE OF LIES * * * * * ''Loved In A House Of Lies. Ian Rankin is a genius'' LEE CHILD ''Rankin''s latest and greatest. It is stunning. I didn''t sleep for three nights reading it.'' JILLY COOPER ''Absolutely wonderful. Clever, gripping, a fabulous read.'' KATE MOSSE ''Rebus is one of British crime writing''s greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse ... Beautifully told, superbly constructed and utterly engrossing.'' DAILY MAIL ''Grips from the first sentence. No one in Britain writes better crime novels today.'' EVENING STANDARD ''A must-read'' TANA FRENCH ''Rankin has always been at the top of his game, and this latest is no exception.'' LINWOOD BARCLAY ''A first-rate crime novel: tense, twisty and often very funny. A real joy.'' ELLY GRIFFITHS ''Definitely not to be missed. No reader will go away disappointed.'' PETER ROBINSON ''Thrillingly told, with the best cast in contemporary crime, Rankin is one of the most significant social commentators of our time. Just read the book. It says it better than I can.'' DENISE MINA ''Masterful storytelling'' SUNDAY MIRROR ''In a House of Lies is at least as good as any of the previous novels.'' THE SCOTSMAN ''A page-turning pleasure.'' GRAZIA ''Rankin''s plotting is as sure-footed as ever.'' FT, Books of the Year ''Intriguing and clever'' LIZ NUGENT ''Complex, twisty, funny, intelligent. And lots of heart. Superb.'' WILL DEAN ''The king of crime fiction.'' SUNDAY EXPRESS ''One of the great Rebus novels - as gripping as it is intoxicating.'' METRO

Set in Darkness

release date: Jun 22, 2010
Set in Darkness
On the eve of the first Scottish parliament in three hundred years, Edinburgh is a city rife with political passions and expectations. Queensbury House, the home of Scotland''s new rulers, falls in the middle of John Rebus'' turf, keeping him busy with ceremonial tasks. That quickly changes, however, when a long-dead body is discovered in a Queensbury House fireplace, a homeless man throws himself off a bridge - leaving behind a suitcase full of cash - and an up-and-coming politician is found murdered. The links between the three deaths lead Rebus to a confrontation with one of Edinburgh''s most notorious criminals, a man he thought he''d put in jail for life. Someone''s going to make a lot of money out of Scotland''s independence - and, as Rebus knows all too well, where there''s big money at stake, darkness gathers. Set in Darkness is another chilling and intelligent crime novel from master of the genre Ian Rankin.

Black and Blue

release date: Apr 01, 2010
Black and Blue
Bible John killed three women, and took three souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to steal his namesake''s glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his principles. And convict Lenny Spaven died just to prove a point. "Bible John" terrorized Glasgow in the sixties and seventies, murdering three women he met in a local ballroom--and he was never caught. Now a copycat is at work. Nicknamed "Bible Johnny" by the media, he is a new menace with violent ambitions. The Bible Johnny case would be perfect for Inspector John Rebus, but after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, he''s been shunted aside to one of Edinburgh''s toughest suburbs, where he investigates the murder of an off-duty oilman. His investigation takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, where he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head-on. Suddenly caught in the glare of the television cameras and in the middle of more than one investigation, Rebus must proceed with caution: One mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death, or, worse still, losing his job. Written with Ian Rankin''s signature wit, style and intricacy, Black and Blue is a novel of uncommon and unforgettable intrigue.

Dead Souls

release date: Mar 02, 2010
Dead Souls
Weary, wary, hard-drinking Detective John Rebus returns in author Ian Rankin''s internationally acclaimed, award-winning series. As complex and unpredictable as the brooding mists that envelop his Edinburgh beat, Rebus is ever resourceful and determined--but this time, vulnerable and challenged as never before, with complications in his personal life, and events that shake him to the depths of his being.... A colleague''s suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts--and the prospect of his daughter''s possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins--knowing it''s himself he''s really trying to save.... Ian Rankin''s Dead Souls is "crime writing of the highest order" (Daily Express).

The Hanging Garden &

release date: Jan 01, 2017
The Hanging Garden &
Dead souls -- A call from an old friend brings back memories and more than a little guilt for DI John Rebus. An old school friend''s son has gone missing, the ghost of Jack Morton is inhabiting Rebus'' dreams, a part-time poisoned is terrorising the local zoo and a freed paedophile rouses the vigilantes.

Rather Be the Devil

release date: Nov 03, 2016
Rather Be the Devil
''Britain''s No.1 crime writer'' Mirror * * * * * A CASE THAT WON''T DIE John Rebus can''t close the door on the death of glamorous socialite Maria Turquand. Brutally murdered in her hotel room forty years ago, her killer has never been found. Meanwhile, Edinburgh''s dark heart is up for grabs. Young pretender Darryl Christie may have staked his claim on the city''s underworld - but has criminal mastermind and Rebus'' long-time adversary, Big Ger Cafferty, really settled down to a quiet retirement? Or is he hiding in the shadows until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking? Old Enemies. New Crimes. Rebus may be off the force, but he certainly isn''t off the case. * * * * * ''Superbly told, impossible to put down ... underlines the treasure that Rebus has become'' Daily Mail ''This elegantly crafted and witty thriller proves this old devil still has all the best tunes'' Sunday Mirror ''Effortless plotting and a cracking narrative that keeps the reader gripped throughout'' Daily Express

A Collection of Inspector Rebus Novels

release date: Jan 26, 2016
A Collection of Inspector Rebus Novels
A selection of international bestselling author Ian Rankin’s critically acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is available together here for the first time in this thrilling nine book e-bundle: Black and Blue After years of silence in the unsolved “bible John” serial killer case, Inspector Rebus falls smack into the middle of modern copy-cat “Bible Johnny’s” killing spree. Dead Souls In Scottish high society, tragedy strikes in the form of suicide, kidnapping, and murder. Inspector Rebus must look for patterns in order to stop the crimes at fault before money and power cover them up for good. The Falls In his hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, Inspector Rebus struggles to find a missing girl while dealing with his own demons, and the office politics that threaten his investigation at every turn. The Hanging Garden Inspector John Rebus’s personal and professional lives collide when organized crime tears through Scotland. As drugs, human trafficking and gang violence hit too close to home, Rebus swears revenge. Knots and Crosses When a killing spree takes hold in Edinburgh, Inspector Rebus must follow clues that only he can find while keeping the secrets they reveal from destroying him. Set in Darkness Excitement and security are high on the eve of Scotland’s first parliament meeting in three hundred years, but not high enough to stop a string of strange and tragic coincidences that lead to the death of a top politician. Inspector Rebus knows that money is involved, and that corruption is running deep. Strip Jack Parliament member Gregor Jack seems to have it all until his baser secrets are exposed and his wife suddenly disappears. Inspector Rebus knows there’s more to the story including a killer on the loose. Tooth and Nail Inspector Rebus is the man to call when trouble abounds and serial killers are to blame. London calls him in for help to find the disturbing murderer who leaves his victims covered in bite marks and tears. A Good Hanging This brilliant twelve story mash up will have Rebus fans on the edge of their seats. Filled with the darkest crimes Scotland has ever seen, Rebus is the only one who can shine the light of justice.

Wit and Wisdom of Rebus

release date: Nov 11, 2021
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