Inspector Rebus

23 books in series
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Ian Rankin - The Inspector Rebus Series Summary

KNOTS AND CROSSES

Detective John Rebus's city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle....

HIDE AND SEEK

In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won't. Now he's got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.

THE BLACK BOOK

Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh's seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body - with a bullet in its head - is found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, he'll have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth.

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  • Book 1,2,5

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    • Ian Rankin - The Inspector Rebus Series

    • Knots and Crosses, Hide and Seek, The Black Book
    • By: Ian Rankin
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  • Book 1

    • Knots and Crosses

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 878
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 774
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      4 out of 5 stars 765

    'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An uncertain beginning

    • By Simon on 02-09-15

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  • Book 2

    • Hide And Seek

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspector Rebus at his best

    • By Steve Kilpin on 24-07-15

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  • Book 3

    • Tooth and Nail

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference, and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the series

    • By M. W. Hall on 25-03-18

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  • Book 4

    • Strip Jack

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James MacPherson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    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...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not one of Rankin's best

    • By mollyeyre on 24-02-18

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  • Book 5

    • The Black Book

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198

    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 ...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best

    • By Charlie T. on 06-12-17

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  • Book 6

    • Mortal Causes

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ian Rankin

    • By Rachel on 09-06-14

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  • Book 7

    • Let It Bleed

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 7
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James MacPherson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 'Real' Intrigue

    • By Michael on 13-04-13

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  • Book 8

    • Black and Blue

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 8
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favourite Rankin book so far.

    • By MargBlue72 on 07-10-16

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  • Book 9

    • The Hanging Garden

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You got to love Rebus

    • By trevor montgomery on 25-04-15

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  • Book 10

    • Dead Souls

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals begin a hate campaign, Rebus gets a call from the past: The son of a friend has gone missing, and no one else will make time to ask the right questions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Rebus... Rankin on top form

    • By Dee Murray on 19-10-16

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  • Book 11

    • Set in Darkness

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Far too much 'rare-lish' from the reader

    • By Evolutionary Artefact on 23-08-12

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  • Book 12

    • The Falls

    • An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 12
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The usual Rebus

    • By Sharon Frater on 17-09-12

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  • Book 13

    • Resurrection Men

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Steve on 07-05-18

    Regular price: £25.09

  • Book 14

    • A Question of Blood

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two 17-year olds killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, 'there's no mystery'... exceptthe why. This question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, andfinds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare - ranging from civic leaders to the local Goths - leaving behind a legacy of secrets and lies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • DI John Rebus - Edinburgh's best.

    • By Spankey IL on 20-07-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 15

    • Fleshmarket Close

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack or something else? Rebus is drawn into the case but has other problems: his old police station has closed, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. As Rebus investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers' detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld and maybe even fall in love.... Siobhan has problems of her own.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed in this one

    • By Claire White on 09-02-18

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  • Book 16

    • The Naming of the Dead

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another masterpiece!

    • By KateChip on 03-01-15

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  • Book 17

    • Exit Music

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    It's late autumn in Edinburgh and late autumn in the career of Detective Inspector Rebus. As he tries to tie up some loose ends before retirement, a murder case intrudes. A dissident Russian poet has been found dead in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. By apparent coincidence, a delegation of Russian businessmen is in town - and everyone is determined that the case should be closed quickly and clinically.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as ever

    • By C. R. Broadhead on 26-07-15

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  • Book 18

    • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • A Rebus Novel
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 867
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 505
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503

    Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Yawn yawn

    • By Mrs on 20-11-12

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 19

    • Saints of the Shadow Bible

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James MacPherson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 883
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 778
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 779

    Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. 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' 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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

    • By Jill on 10-11-13

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