A Good Hanging
St. Martin's, Feb 2002, 23.95, 256 pp.
consists of twelve police procedural investigations starring John Rebus and co-starring his hometown Edinburgh. The anthology is different from most short story collections, as there is no introduction explaining the topic or its greatness. Instead Ian Rankin uses the investigative stories to provide the audience a close up look at Rebus and some of his cohorts enabling the greatness ... A Question of Blood
Small time crook Martin Fairstone dies in a fire which may have been started deliberately. Inspector John Rebus was seen leaving Fairstone's home shortly before the fire, and the next day is in hospital, his hands bandaged. With circumstantial evidence against him, Rebus must try to avoid suspension for long enough to find the real killer. At the same time, he helps his colleague Inspector Bobby Hogan to investigate the murder of two students and the wou... Hide and Seek
There are two sides of Edinburgh, Scotland. There's the side that tourists see: the city of Grayfriar's Bobby, of the annual Summer Festival, of the quaint pubs and the scenic castle sitting on a hill called Arthur's Throne. Then there's the other side of Edinburgh, the domain of Detective Inspector John Rebus. This Edinburgh is one of boarded up housing tenements inhabited by the hopeless, the city of AIDS ridden junkies and prostitutes, of deals mad... Knots And Crosses
Someone is strangling children in Edinburgh. Inspector John Rebus starts receiving what he thinks are crank letters, each enclosing a small neatly tied knot. While investigating the serial strangler, Rebus takes the reader with him on a tour of the seedy side of Scotland's second city. Along the way we learn that Rebus has lost his marriage, has forgotten how to communicate with his young daughter, drinks too much and feels and acts the loner. We mee...
Let It Bleed
Inspector John Rebus chases two teenage kids driving a car across the Forth Bridge high over the ocean north of Edinburgh. The two kids jump off the bridge. One of the kids knew the daughter of a high ranking politician. That daughter is missing.
At the same time a former convict enters the office of an ambitious Edinburgh city councilman and shoots himself in front of the councilman. Rebus begins to see connections between the suicides and the mi... Mortal Causes
It is August during the Edinburgh Festival when Inspector John Rebus is called to investigate a brutally tortured body found hanging in the medieval subterranean streets of Edinburgh. The death looks like an execution which causes Rebus to start investigating radical activists. Even worse, he discovers the victim is the son of one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminal gang leaders, Gerald McCafferty.
Rebus' investigations take him into the slums of... Resurrection Men
Little, Brown, Feb 2003, 19.95, 448 pp.
Though he knows he should never have displayed his anger by tossing the coffee cup in front of his boss DCS Gill Templar, Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus finds the remedy for his short temper quite embarrassing. Gill has enrolled John in the Scottish Police College along side several other RESURRECTION MEN. The superiors of those attending this syllabus hope that some of these rogue office... Set in Darkness
Inspector John Rebus has been stuck on the liaison committee between the police and the new Scottish Parliament which is taking forever to build. Rebus is annoyed until the renovations of the Parliament building reveal a twenty-year-old corpse.
The intrigue and annoyance deepen for the dark and complex Rebus as a politician from a prominent Edinburgh family is found dead at the Parliament building and a homeless man kills himself for no apparent reaso... Standing in Another Man's Grave
Retired detective John Rebus investigates the deaths and disappearances of young women in northern Scotland while he is a consultant to an Edinburgh cold case squad. John Rebus was attending the funeral of a colleague, jimmy Wallace who died from cancer. He saw familiar faces like Tommy Beamish and ruefully reflected on the toll his work took on him and his friends. Rebus had retired as a detective with the Lothian and Borders Police in Scotland and was ... Strip Jack
An Scottish member of parliament Gregor Jack is caught in a raid on an Edinburgh brothel. This causes a media frenzy and Jack's explanation that he was only trying to talk to a prostitute sounds feeble. Detective Inspector John Rebus has nothing to do with vice but he feels sympathy for Jack. After all, Rebus himself suffers from the results of giving in to temptation, although, in his case, it is usually alcohol and his temper, not women.
Ian Rankin list of books
The Black Book
A fire consumed Edinburgh's Central Hotel five years ago. The Central was down-at-the-heels and when no blame was ever placed for the fire, no one cared very much. Now a body with a bullet in the skull has been found in the charred ruins. Inspector John Rebus's superiors don't have any enthusiasm for his investigation of the case. Then Rebus's protégé, Detective Sergeant Brian Holmes, is severely beaten and Rebus ties the attack to Holmes's interest i... The Falls
Edinburgh detective Inspector John Rebus is called in to investigate the disappearance of pretty young student Philippa Balfour. As the chances of finding her alive become increasingly remote, the only clues seem to be an internet-based game on the missing girl's computer, and a tiny coffin which seems to be linked to a case from the past.... The Hanging Garden
Detective Inspector John Rebus is investigating a suspected Nazi war criminal. But because a young Bosnian woman forced into prostitution reminds Rebus of his own daughter, he tries to help her escape from a ganster, Telford, who is importing prostitutes.
Rebus's daughter then becomes a victim of a hit and run which looks like the work of Telford. Soon Rebus finds himself in a personal vendetta against Telford and he is prepared to seek help from Te... Witch Hunt
Little, Brown, Sep 2004, 19.95, 400 pp.
They call Cassandra Chameleon a witch because of her abilities to change her identity, “seduce” her opponents and her victims even without meeting them, and completing the kill; she is the ultimate cold blood professional assassin.
New Scotland Yard investigates the sinking of two ships in the same night near Folkestone and off Calais; several counterintelligence agencies worry that th...