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Rather Be the Devil

The brand new Rebus No.1 bestseller

By Ian Rankin
Read by James Macpherson

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The brilliant new Rebus novel from the author of No.1 besteller EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD. Narrated by James Macpherson

'Britain's No.1 crime writer' Mirror

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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.

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'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

Biographical Notes

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

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  • Publication date: 03 Nov 2016
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Superbly told, impossible to put down, and laced with Rankin's unmistakeable laconic wit it precisely underlines the treasure that Rebus has become. — DAILY MAIL
Though it moves at pace, what makes this tale so satisfying is that its protagonists have had time to develop. Rebus's input serves to highlight the benefits of age, experience and keeping a sense of community. — GUARDIAN
This elegantly crafted and witty thriller proves this old devil still has all the best tunes. — SUNDAY MIRROR
Rankin is expert at what theorists of realism call the authenticating detail. — SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
Essential crime-reading. — SAGA
This is an interesting and enjoyable novel. — LITERARY REVIEW
Rather Be The Devil is an intricate, evocative Edinburgh mystery that builds to a bloody finale. Retirement may not suit Rebus but it's resulted in yet another brilliant book in Rankin's revived crime series. — CRIME SCENE
This may be Rebus's 21st outing, but this is a cleverly crafted tale and Ian Rankin's storytelling is as fresh as ever. — IRISH NEWS
The 21st Rebus novel boasts effortless plotting and a cracking narrative that keeps the reader gripped throughout. — DAILY EXPRESS
Clever and compelling. — INDEPENDENT i
Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best. — CHALLENGER
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