REBUS IS BACK.
The superb No.1 bestseller from 'Britain's best crime novelist' EXPRESS
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?
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 towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons. www.ianrankin.net Twitter @Beathhigh
Rebus has returned... and it's a treat to welcome him back — THE TIMES
Needless to say, Rankin soon - once again - has the bit between his teeth. Rankin, as ever, does this better than most — GOOD BOOK GUIDE
The prose is as ferocious as ever; the sense of place matchless; this is British crime-writing of the finest, lasting quality. — DAILY MAIL
Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives, and his 19th case features some fine one-liners... STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE is Rankin's most interesting book politically... Cheeringly, it seems clear from the final pages that there will be more Rebus books to chart the next stage in Scotland's story. — GUARDIAN
Rankin draws us into a thematically rich plot that evolves into a meditation on morality and how best to asses a man's worth... Rebus is one of the most popular fictional characters of our generation. — IRISH TIMES
Gritty and hard-hitting, it's the work of a writer at the very top of his game. — SUNDAY MIRROR
Ian Rankin's now iconic Rebus series provides a better biography of modern Edinburgh over the past 25 years than almost anything else. — INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime. — SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
Rebus hasn't changed; he's as sharp, petty, curmudgeonly and likeable as ever. — IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
Rebus is back, in a novel long, meaty and persuasive enough to make up for the years of absence. — Allan Massie, SPECTATOR
Rankin's dialogue flows so naturally that it's easy to dismiss his subtler gifts; no one captures the bleak grandeur of Scotland, or the mindset of those charged with upholding its law, in quite the same way. — Christopher Fowler, FINANCIAL TIMES
For crime novel aficionados, this year's literary sensation is not 50 Shades of whatever or JK Rowling's non-magical foray into adult fiction. No, it is the return of one of the genre's finest characters; and what a welcome return it is. — SUNDAY EXPRESS
Auld acquaintance is gleefully renewed when Rankin brings cantankerous John Rebus out of retirement in a civilian role for an Edinburgh cold case team - *9 — RUTLAND TIMES
Thrilling, funny and intelligent, this is crime fiction at its best — CATHOLIC HERALD
Rebus - and Rankin - are both on top form in this enjoyable detective novel — SUNDAY BUSINESS POST MAGAZINE
Genius... Rankin once again proves himself to be the consummate master of crime — David Robinson, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
Ian Rankin's fiction is as reliable as it is successful, so this installment will thrill his many fans — LITERARY REVIEW
An impeccably crafted whodunnit — John Dugdale, SUNDAY TIMES
Now we know retirement has not withered Rebus — Jake Kerridge, DAILY TELEGRAPH
Rebus is back and the result is an outstanding whodunit, a book that should be read by anyone wanting to experience the very best of modern crime fiction. It is high praise indeed to suggest that this is the finest book Ian Rankin has ever written: but in our view it is — UNDISCOVEREDSCOTLAND.COM
Vintage Rankin... [a] thoroughly absorbing, endlessly twisting tale. I was gripped from first page to last - and so will you be — READER'S DIGEST
Vintage Rebus — MORNING STAR
A seasonal treat for crime fiction fans — CHOICE
Rankin's malcontent still makes for an irresistably morose companion — i