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A Song for the Dark Times

A Song for the Dark Times

From the iconic Number One bestseller Ian Rankin, comes one of the must-read books of the year: A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES



‘Genius … Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.’
THE TIMES

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‘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 daughter will be the prime suspect.

He wasn’t the best father – the job always came first – but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?

As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast – and a small town with big secrets – he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find…

PRAISE FOR A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES:

Magnificent … utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure’ MARIAN KEYES

‘This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations’ MICHAEL CONNELLY

‘An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction’ MICK HERRON

‘Rankin remains the king of the castle’ THE TIMES

‘Typically compelling’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Masterly storytelling’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Excellent’ LIZ NUGENT

‘The best that the crime genre can offer’ FT

‘Rankin grows better with time . . . Rebus grows ever more compelling’ DAILY MAIL

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PRAISE FOR THE ICONIC NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER:

‘Ian Rankin is a genius’
LEE CHILD

‘A master storyteller’
GUARDIAN

‘Rebus is one of British crime writing’s greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse’
DAILY MAIL

‘Great fiction, full stop’
THE TIMES

‘One of Britain’s leading novelists in any genre’
NEW STATESMAN

‘Rankin is a phenomenon’
SPECTATOR

‘Worthy of Agatha Christie at her best’
SCOTSMAN

‘The king of crime fiction’
SUNDAY EXPRESS
Mockingbird Songs

Mockingbird Songs

Prison changes a man. Sometimes in ways you can see. Usually in ways you can’t.

Henry Quinn only survived three years inside because of Evan Riggs, a one-time country singer, one-time killer, now serving a life sentence, no parole. On the day he gets out, Henry promises Evan he will find his daughter, the daughter he never met, and deliver a letter.

A free man, Henry heads to the small Texan town where Evan grew up and where his brother Carson is Sheriff. There’s no sign of the girl, and her uncle claims to know nothing of her whereabouts. But Henry isn’t about to give up.

Carson’s behaviour towards him grows threatening, and Henry realises that there are dark secrets buried at the heart of this quiet town. What terrible thing drove the brothers apart, and what happened to Evan’s daughter?
Set In Darkness

Set In Darkness

The eleventh Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

‘Britain’s best crime novelist’ DAILY EXPRESS.

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 that a young man was roasted there on a spit by a madman. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered another more recent murder victim is found. Days later, in the gardens outside, there is another body and Rebus is under pressure to find instant answers.

As the case proceeds, the Inspector finds himself face to face with one of Edinburgh’s most notorious criminals…
The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden

The ninth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.

‘Masterly’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

DI John Rebus is hard at work on multiple cases. Not only is he on the trail of a WWII war criminal – he’s also become entangled in a dangerous battle between two rival gangs.

But when his daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run, there’s nothing Rebus won’t do to bring down the prime suspect.

Even if it means making a deal with the devil . . .
Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

The sixth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.
‘An outstanding creation’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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.
The Black Book

The Black Book

The fifth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
‘Ian Rankin is a genius‘ Lee Child

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…
Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed

The seventh Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.
‘Rankin continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers’ THE TIMES

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 clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office’s Permanent Secretary?

Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice…
Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts

What happens when a killer becomes the target…? A gripping tale from the No.1 bestselling author A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘Rankin is without doubt Britain’s best crime novelist’ Express

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 enough, a long time ago, when a young girl had accidentally received the fatal bullet. Her father hired a PI named Hoffer to track him down. Every time Weston completed a job, Hoffer was not far behind. But why had the police been on the scene so quickly? Weston has to find out – even if it means coming face to face with Hoffer…
Strip Jack

Strip Jack

The fourth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES – ‘unmatched in the field of British crime fiction’ THE TIMES.

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 a lunatic speaks from his asylum…

Initially Rebus is sympathetic to the MP’s dilemma – who hasn’t occasionally succumbed to temptation? – but with the disappearance of Jack’s wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why…
Exit Music

Exit Music

Sometimes murder is the easy way out…
A brilliant Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.

‘Britain’s No.1 crime writer’ Daily Mirror

‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

A mugging gone wrong … or murder?

A dissident Russian poet is found dead – at the same time a delegation of Russian businessmen arrives in town. For some, it is crucial that the case is closed quickly, clinically and with the minimum of attention.

But DI Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke believe this is something more than a random attack – especially after a particularly nasty second killing. Then, a brutal and premeditated assault on a local gangster puts Rebus in the frame – and he may not survive long enough to solve anything…
Even Dogs in the Wild

Even Dogs in the Wild

Someone knows where the bodies are buried…

Taut, dark and expertly crafted tale‘ [GUARDIAN] from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘No one in Britain writes better crime novels today’ Evening Standard

Retirement doesn’t suit John Rebus. He wasn’t made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood.

So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn’t need long to consider his options.

Clarke’s been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty – Rebus’s long-time nemesis – has received an identical note and a bullet through his window.

Now it’s up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer.

Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin’s greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires.
A Question of Blood

A Question of Blood

A CRIME TOO CLOSE TO HOME . . .

A superb, highly suspenseful crime thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘You’ll love every second of it’ MIRROR

‘Excellent’ SUNDAY TIMES

At a private school, two teenagers are killed by an ex-Army loner who then turned the gun on himself. Finding the truth will take Detective Inspector John Rebus into the heart of a shattered community.

Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. It seems the man had friends in high places and enemies to spare.

And Rebus has secrets of his own. He’s fresh out of hospital, with newly bandaged hands, and won’t say what happened. But after the death of a criminal he visited, who had been stalking DS Siobhan Clarke, Rebus is the prime suspect…
The Impossible Dead

The Impossible Dead

Malcolm Fox returns in the stunning second novel in Ian Rankin’s series… Criminally good’ WOMAN & HOME

From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.

‘Excitingly gripping storytelling’ THE TIMES

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, a year of desperate unrest when letter-bombs and poisonous spores were sent to government offices, and kidnappings and murders were plotted. But while the body count rises the clock starts ticking, and a dramatic turn of events sees Fox in mortal danger.
Doors Open

Doors Open

A fantastic stand-alone heist thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.

‘You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough’ RED

‘DOORS OPEN is a lot of fun. It’s pacy, witty, full of action, twists and splendid dialogue. And Rebus does make a subtle appearance when an officer describes his police station as “a damn sight quieter since you-know-who retired” ‘ THE TIMES

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.

So, together with two close friends from the art world, he devises a plan to lift some of the most valuable artwork around. But of course, the real trick is to rob the place for all its worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed…
Hide And Seek

Hide And Seek

The second Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.
‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

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.

Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind…
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