Ian Rankin

Books by Ian Rankin

A Song for the Dark Times

John Rebus always focused on his job. But family is important which he realises more than ever when his distraught daughter Samantha calls in the middle of the night. Her partner Keith, interested in the old POW camp on the windswept coast, has gone missing. Rebus knows he has to help her.

Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Ewa Sherman


Satellite surveillance monitor Martin Hepton is baffled when its pictures from space fail for a crucial period. Days later an American shuttle crashes, killing its crew bar the lone British astronaut. Martin’s attempts to discover what went wrong plunge him into a deadly international conspiracy.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

The Deathwatch Journal

A man awaits death in Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison, but the guard who is tasked with keeping the death watch with him is not convinced of his guilt.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Linda Wilson

Rather Be the Devil

John Rebus can't keep away from detective work - and investigates a 40-year-old murder and the rivalry between two Edinburgh gangsters.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Sharon Wheeler

Even Dogs In The Wild

John Rebus has finally been retired off – but he talks his way back as a police consultant after old adversary Ger Cafferty narrowly dodges a bullet.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Rebus is back - but a lowly DS and still at odds with his superiors as a murder from 30 years ago returns to haunt him

Reviewed on 14 December 2013 by Sharon Wheeler