Inspector Rebus

22 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 8,043 ratings

Knots and Crosses Summary

'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. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

©2008 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Limited
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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 799
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 702
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 693

    '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
    • My first Rebus - and definitely not my last!

    • By Debbie King on 18-04-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • 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 353
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303

    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 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    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 237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    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 215
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251

    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

    Regular price: £9.99

  • 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 220
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    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

    Regular price: £24.99

  • 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 229
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    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 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    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 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    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 Wendy M. on 07-05-18

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  • 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 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    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 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    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 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    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 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    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 840
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479

    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 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 853
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 754

    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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  • Book 20

    • Even Dogs in the Wild

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 933
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 926

    Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack. When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything Perfectly In Place

    • By Simon on 08-11-15

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