Edinburgh, 'a mad god's dream / Fitful and dark', is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in nigh on three hundred years. It's a momentous time and political passions run high ... Detective Inspector John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident at Queensberry House bang in the middle of his St. Leonard's patch. Queensberry House is home not just to the new Scotland's rulers to be, but to the legend of a young man roasted on a spit by a madman. A fate befitting its new inhabitants, some would say. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered, another more recent murder victim is brought out into the daylight. Days later, in the gardens outside, Queensberry House's third body is found. This time the victim is no mummified mystery man, but Roddy Grieve, a prospective MSP, and the powers that be are on Rebus's back demanding instant answers. Roddy Grieve's notoriety brings a whole host of problems, including his seductive sister Lorna, one of Rebus's youthful fantasies made flesh. What's worse, as the case progresses, the Inspector finds himself face to face with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals - a man he thought safely out of harm's way for years to come. Someone's going to make a lot of money out of Scotland's independence and where there's big money at stake, darkness gathers...--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 and the Open University.
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 partner and two sons.
Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:
Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
The Black Book
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Set in Darkness
A Question of Blood
The Naming of the Dead
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)
Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order: