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Ian Rankin

Author of Knots and Crosses

157+ Works 55,559 Members 1,509 Reviews 222 Favorited

About the Author

Ian Rankin lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
Image credit: Ian Rankin foto by Tim Duncan

Series

Works by Ian Rankin

Knots and Crosses (1987) 3,539 copies
Exit Music (2007) 2,352 copies
Fleshmarket Close (2004) 2,303 copies
Hide and Seek (1990) 2,281 copies
The Naming of the Dead (2006) 2,281 copies
Resurrection Men (2001) 2,269 copies
The Falls (2001) 2,215 copies
A Question of Blood (2003) 2,171 copies
Black and Blue (1997) 2,159 copies
Tooth and Nail (1992) 1,954 copies
Dead Souls (1999) 1,885 copies
Set in Darkness (2000) 1,842 copies
Strip Jack (1992) 1,826 copies
The Black Book (1993) 1,786 copies
The Hanging Garden (1998) 1,753 copies
Let It Bleed (1996) 1,723 copies
The Complaints (2009) 1,678 copies
Mortal Causes (1994) 1,675 copies
Standing in Another Man's Grave (2012) — Author — 1,446 copies
Doors Open (2008) 1,274 copies
Saints of the Shadow Bible (2014) — Author — 1,169 copies
The Impossible Dead (2011) 1,137 copies
Even Dogs in the Wild (2015) — Author — 980 copies
Rather Be the Devil (2016) 895 copies
Watchman (1988) 869 copies
Witch Hunt (1993) 802 copies
In a House of Lies (2018) — Author — 797 copies
Beggars Banquet (2002) 776 copies
Blood Hunt (1995) 723 copies
Bleeding Hearts (1994) 715 copies
A Song for the Dark Times (2020) 638 copies
The Flood (1986) 615 copies
A Heart Full of Headstones (2022) — Author — 354 copies
Rebus: The Early Years (2000) 334 copies
Dark Entries (2009) 287 copies
Death is Not the End (1998) 252 copies
Westwind (1990) 249 copies
A Cool Head (1800) 213 copies
The Dark Remains (2021) 187 copies
Rebus The Lost Years (2003) 155 copies
The Jack Harvey Novels (2000) 117 copies
One City (2005) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Travelling Companion (2016) 81 copies
The Rise: A Short Story (2023) 57 copies
Dark Road: A Play (1900) 30 copies
Tooth and Nail / Strip Jack (2006) 24 copies
In the Nick of Time: John Rebus vs. Roy Grace (2014) — Author — 18 copies
10 great Rebus novels (2013) 12 copies
Daggers Drawn (2021) 10 copies
Schöne Bescherung (2012) 8 copies
Concrete Evidence (1992) 7 copies
Criminal Minded (2000) 6 copies
Beautyfull (2007) 6 copies
Sofasosexy (2002) 5 copies
A Deep Hole (1994) 4 copies
Trip Trap [short fiction] (1992) 3 copies
Jackie Leven Said (2005) 3 copies
Playback [short fiction] (1990) 3 copies
Rebus's Favourite Pubs (2007) 2 copies
Talk show (1991) 2 copies
Black book, The 2 copies
Atonement (2012) 2 copies
The Confession (2000) 2 copies
Rebus (2008) 1 copy
Rebus anniversary (2017) 1 copy
Sunday [short fiction] (1992) 1 copy
Soft Spot 1 copy
Driven 1 copy

Associated Works

The Big Sleep (1939) — Introduction, some editions — 10,055 copies
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) — Introduction, some editions — 2,347 copies
The Confidential Agent (1939) — Introduction, some editions — 1,131 copies
The Last Good Kiss (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 992 copies
FaceOff (2014) — Contributor — 496 copies
Symposium (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 479 copies
The Hothouse by the East River (1973) — Introduction, some editions — 197 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 166 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits (1993) — Contributor — 138 copies
Dangerous Women (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction (2007) — Foreword, some editions — 101 copies
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contributor — 95 copies
Murder Most Scottish (1656) — Contributor — 90 copies
Ox-Tales: Earth (2009) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Best British Mysteries (2003) — Contributor — 76 copies
OxCrimes (2014) — Introduction; Contributor — 72 copies
Stranded (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 70 copies
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Losers: Book Two (2010) — Introduction, some editions — 68 copies
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contributor — 64 copies
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Contributor — 58 copies
Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics (2014) — Foreword, some editions — 44 copies
Crimespotting (1656) — Contributor — 42 copies
3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
Forensic Psychology For Dummies (2012) — Foreword — 40 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contributor — 27 copies
Perfectly Criminal (1996) — Contributor — 23 copies
Crème de la Crime (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
Great detective stories (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Contributor — 16 copies
Stuart Adamson: In a Big Country (2011) — Introduction — 12 copies
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
Scenes of Crime (2000) — Contributor — 6 copies
Winter's Crimes 22 (1990) 4 copies
Missing Persons (1999) — Foreword — 2 copies
Crimewave 1 (1999) 1 copy

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I like Rebus and his unorthodox ways of solving crimes and an enjoyable companion through the streets of Edinburgh and environs.
 
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charlie68 | 45 other reviews | Dec 3, 2023 |
I am a big fan of Ian Rankin’s books featuring the jaundiced and prickly John Rebus – a man for whom the Scots term ‘thrawn’ might specifically have been coined – although I have never managed to feel the same enthusiasm for his other books. I am not generally keen on short stories, either, but my interest was piqued sufficiently to buy this novella.

The Rise is a luxurious apartment development in West London, within walking distance of Paddington Station. The development offers a wide range of exclusive services, and the reception area is presided over by a uniformed man combining the roles of concierge and security guard. As the story opens, the incumbent of that role has been found dead in the foyer, having suffered a heavy head wound. From there on we are introduced to the owner (and lead investor) of the development, and the inhabitants of several of the individual apartments. These include a Russian oligarch, the wife of an imprisoned London gang boss, and a former soap actress and model who has recently lost her most lucrative employment.

Rankin deftly weaves these ingredients into an engrossing novella following a standard police procedural approach. His principal investigator, Detective Sergeant Gish, is engaging and empathetic, and certainly easier for her colleagues to work with than Detective Inspector Rebus ever was. I am wondering whether Rankin has any plans for more stories featuring her. He has consciously aged John Rebus in real time, so may feel that he is reaching the end of the line as far as his plausibility as an investigative lead is concerned. While I love the Rebus books, I would be intrigued to see a series featuring Gish.
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Eyejaybee | 3 other reviews | Nov 27, 2023 |
A collection of short stories about Rebus, set during his earlier career when his Detective Constable is Brian Holmes - no sign of Siobhan. Some were fairly lightweight, others more serious and downbeat, such as Aud Lang Syne when Rebus is part of a team assigned to intercept a drug's bust in busy Edinburgh on New Year's Eve, or 'Sunday' where Rebus is busying himself on his day off, attempting to keep his mind off an awful event which is haunting him.

As always, I like the character of Rebus with his wry/dark humour and offbeat way of viewing things. On balance, I would award this 3 stars.… (more)
 
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kitsune_reader | 17 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
Many strands weave together in this complex story where Rebus must balance multiple cases and also face up to some of his own flaws. Early in the story he encounters a paedophile who has been released from jail and, discovering that he has been housed on an estate in a flat overlooking the children's playground, "outs" him to the neighbourhood, ultimately with tragic consequencies despite Rebus' guilt ridden attempts to help. Meanwhile, a high profile case of historical child abuse is currently on trial with possible connections.

Rebus is asked for help by two old school friends whose son has gone missing in suspicious circumstances, and has to resist the draw of a rekindled attraction to the mother, Janice. He is also troubled by the apparent suicide of a colleague who appeared to 'have it all' with a loving family and a rapid rise in the police career structure, in total contrast to Rebus. And to finally add to his problems, a serial killer and sociopath is released from custody in the USA and heads for Edinburgh to settle old scores - Rebus' role in keeping surveillance on this man leads to his becoming a target for the man's manipulative behaviour and draws into the killer's ambit three women who are significant to Rebus: Janice, Rebus' girlfriend Patience, and his daughter, still recovering from the accident in a previous book which left her unable to walk.

A complex book which manages to keep all the plates spinning and portrays a truly chilling sociopathic character, keeping the suspense level high. The only thing I missed is the relationship with Siobhan, Rebus' colleague, who has only a bit part in this book. So a 4 star rating overall.
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Works
157
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Members
55,559
Popularity
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
1,509
ISBNs
1,877
Languages
22
Favorited
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