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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752809431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752809434
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music
Standing In Another Man's Grave
Saints of the Shadow Bible

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)
The Beat Goes On

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

The Complaints
The Impossible Dead


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Audiobook of the week¿.the main pleasure of these 11 tales lies in the baroque nature of the criminal puzzles the Edinburgh copper has to solve: a student actor hanged on his own gallows; a ghost complete with stigmata; a supposed IRA assassination attempt. Macpherson played DCI Jardine in ITV's Taggart for 16 years, so is at home on this Scottish police beat, which stretches back to Rebus's early years in print (Karen Robinson THE SUNDAY TIMES)

A treat for Rebus fans who like clever mysteries served up professionally and fancy-free; unsolved likewise. It was also an unexpected treat for this reviewer, who does not read much crime, but found herself gripped by Rankin's art as a story-teller. (Melanie Reid THE HERALD)

Rankin is incapable of writing a bad story, and the four here display the usual mix of easy erudition and wit, finished off with compulsory twists. (Alison Rowat THE HERALD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Twelve Inspector Rebus mysteries from the award-winning, No.1 bestselling author.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
"A Good Hanging" is a moderately entertaining collection of short stories about Ian Rankin's Edinburgh based Detective Inspector Rebus. Many of them are like little potted versions of the Rebus novels with the labyrinthine plotting expunged and the denouements shortened. Some of the stories are better than others with my personal favourites being "Not Provan" set against the background of a Hearts football match and "The Gentlemen's Club" ,a tragic tale of illicit lust amongst privileged teenage girls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A collection of short stories is an excellent way to be introduced to an author, and this collection should net Ian Rankin many, many new readers.
Such an edition as this is rather a throw-back to those good-old 'golden' days of the great mystery writers, such as Dame Agatha, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout and many others who regularly wrote short stories along with their full-length novels. Eventually, when a dozen or so of these little gems had accrued in the author's basket, they would be brought out in their own separate volume. Many of these collections are as well known as the authors' full-length novels.
Following this lead, Mr. Rankin displays a sure touch with this batch of shorter stories, all of which feature Detective Inspector John Rebus of the Edinburgh police force. There are other continuing characters as well, who surface here or there, providing a spot of humor or compassion or just camaraderie.
I'd not read anthing by Mr. Rankin before finding this book. That situation is about to be remedied as I go looking for "Knots and Crosses" to begin at the beginning of the Inspector Rebus tales. I would highly recommend a similar path to any other devoted readers of mystery novels, especially those who treasure a setting that's nearly part of the plot, characters with whom one can practically form a friendship, and above all, exellent writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stepping Out of the Page on 17 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
A decent collection of short stories. Some of these stories really fascinated me, but unfortunately not the majority of them. Those that did certainly did make me want to delve deeper into the story, especially the title story which was my favourite from the collection. All round, the stories were of good quality and did have a certain Scottish authenticity. I didn't find myself loving or loathing Rebus, but he was a very realistic character. The stories were good for a quick read - I'm not sure I'd have liked most o them if they had been full length, though. I'd be interested in reading more of Rankin's works.
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Short stories are usually a format I don't like; they can never delve deep enough into a story to capture my attention. However, there are numerous exceptions to this rule including the collected works of Ray Bradbury and Ian Rankin's collection of Rebus shorts, `A Good Hanging'. Why does `Hanging' work while other collections do not? Mainly because Rebus is already a character I know and like, his grumpy intellectualism is shorthand to me via the numerous books he already appears in. Rankin provides a series of simple detective stories that are set up and solved all within 20 pages or so - no flim flam, no filler, all killer.

The stories are all within the crime fiction bracket you would expect, but there are subtle differences. One or two are straight crime cases, but the majority provide some sort of twist or interesting different viewpoint that would be ill advised in a full novel. Rankin has embraced the freedom that the short story format can give a writer and experiments with different techniques; a story told from the point of view of a homeless man, a comedic tale about a piece of missing art, or the a shock story about how Rebus deals with guilt. All the stories are between 20-30 pages long so they don't outstay their welcome. The quality is so high it makes me wonder if there is ever any need for a crime story to be much longer...

Sammy recommendation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph James Day on 16 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Sadly I read this as my last Rebus Novel.I awaited its arrival hungry for the chance to steep myself in the Rebus world....for the last time....except that it isn't a Rebus,its a collection of very short Rebus stories.Sadly the short story format denies one the key entry into John's private life and even much in the way of of his hourly/daily working interaction.No Clarke.
The format was a big disappointment
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By Neil Hardie on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I had seen the TV series and wanted to try the books. I decided that 12 bite-sized chunks of Rebus would give me a broad flavour of the writing and plotting, rather than having me commit to a novel. I'm glad I did it this way. For me, there is one standout story here and only one disappointingly weak one.
The standout is "Sunday", which is a slow-burn episode that picks up speed once the reader understands the significance of Rebus's boring Sunday-off rituals. Beautifully done.
The title story, "A Good Hanging", was the weakest of the dozen for me. By pure coincidence, I had left it until last, which was probably a good thing. The plot, narrative and dialogue are as strong and entertaining as the others', but there is such a jumble of supporting characters and suspects among the theatre group that I found it almost impossible to tell who was whom. They all sounded the same. By two-thirds of the way through, I wasn't particularly bothered WHO had done it.
In short, a good intro to Rebus. It has persuaded me, at least, to buy the books in series order.
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