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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?
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.
Rebus: Long Shadows

Rebus: Long Shadows

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

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.
Resurrection Men

Resurrection Men

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

‘No one in Britain writes better crime novelsEvening Standard

‘This is Rankin at his best, and, boy, that’s saying something’ TIME OUT

Rebus is off the case – literally. A few days into the murder inquiry of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at a colleague. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for ‘retraining’ – in other words, he’s in the Last Chance Saloon.

Rebus is assigned to an old, unsolved case, but there are those in his team who have their own secrets – and they’ll stop at nothing to protect them.

Rebus is also asked to act as a go-between for gangster ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty. And as newly promoted DS Siobhan Clarke works the case of the murdered art dealer, she is brought closer to Cafferty than she could ever have anticipated…
Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Old crimes don’t stay buried…

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

‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

‘A first-rate thriller but also a forensic examination of contemporary Scottish society’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus’s team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide? His old colleagues called themselves ‘the Saints’, and swore a bond on something called ‘the Shadow Bible’. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner.

Who are the saints and who are the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?
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…
Standing in Another Man's Grave

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?
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…
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…
The Complaints

The Complaints

Unmissable Rankin, as gripping and involving as any Rebus story’ CHOICE; ‘A brilliant book’ GUARDIAN

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

‘On the evidence of THE COMPLAINTS it looks as if Fox will be just as sure-footed a guide to the city as his grizzled predecessor’ DAILY EXPRESS.

Nobody likes The Complaints – they’re the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as ‘the Dark Side’, or simply ‘The Complaints’. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He’s just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he’s middle-aged, sour and unwell. He also has a father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship.

In the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There’s a cop called Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. Problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when murder intervenes.
The Falls

The Falls

The twelfth Inspector Rebus bestseller – a powerfully gripping novel where past and present collide…
From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘This is, quite simply, crime writing of the highest order’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘The unopposed champion of the British police procedural’ GUARDIAN

A student has gone missing in Edinburgh. She’s not just any student, though, but the daughter of well-to-do and influential bankers. There’s almost nothing to go on until DI John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there’s more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom.

Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student’s home village, and an internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance…
The Flood

The Flood

The book that began Ian Rankin’s phenomenal career.
From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES


‘The themes that would come to dominate the Rebus books are already here … the blurred boundaries between good and evil; the pull of superstition and myth; the difficulties in escaping and resolving one’s past; the emotional complexities of the male of the species; and, not least, a good mystery‘ TIME OUT

Mary Miller had always been an outcast. Burnt in a chemical mix as a young girl, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community.

Now, years later, she is a single mother, caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Her son, Sandy, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn’t easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images – of decay and regrowth, of fire and water – of the flood.
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 Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty’s gang gives Rebus an escape clause.

Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford goes back to Paisley and pronto.

Then Rebus’s daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run and Rebus knows that there is now nothing he won’t do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford – even if it means cutting a deal with the devil.
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.
The Naming Of The Dead

The Naming Of The Dead

The sixteenth Inspector Rebus novel from ‘Britain’s best crime novelist’ DAILY EXPRESS and No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘Rankin just gets better. The topicality and eye for detail are awesome’ Jilly Cooper


‘This is possibly the best novel you will read in your life full stop. Yes, it is that good’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

A murder has been committed – but as the victim was a rapist, recently released from prison, no one is too concerned about the crime. That is, until Detective Inspector John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke uncover evidence that a serial killer is on the loose…

When Rebus also starts looking into the apparent suicide of an MP, he is abruptly warned off the case, not least because the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland, and Rebus’s bosses want him well out of the way. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules, and when Siobhan has a very personal reason for hunting down a riot cop, it looks as though both Rebus and Clarke may be up against their own side…
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