Inspector Rebus

44 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,123 ratings

Ian Rankin - The Inspector Rebus Series Publisher's Summary

KNOTS AND CROSSES

Detective John Rebus's city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle....

HIDE AND SEEK

In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won't. Now he's got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.

THE BLACK BOOK

Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh's seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body - with a bullet in its head - is found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, he'll have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth.

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  • Book 1,2,5

    • Ian Rankin - The Inspector Rebus Series

    • Knots and Crosses, Hide and Seek, The Black Book
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Detective John Rebus's city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The 3 book deal is a great bargain

    • By Robert on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $20.97

  • 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 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    '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
    • not as dark as his reputation

    • By connie on 10-02-11

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    • Knots and Crosses

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 1
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 430
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 385
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 388

    Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I've Read Mixed Reviews and Can Marry Them

    • By Steve Mac on 02-13-16

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  • Book 2

    • Hide And Seek

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

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    • Hide and Seek

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 2
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 184

    In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won’t. Now he’s got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • for Rebus diehards only

    • By connie on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • Tooth and Nail

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    John Rebus is on a train from Edinburgh to London, where he has been drafted for his expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers. The Wolfman could be his toughest case yet - a serial killer named by the press due to a terrifying trademark of taking a bite from each victim. Rebus' Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't too happy at yet another interference in the investigation - especially from an upstart jock hounding him at every turn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Listen

    • By John on 04-25-08

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    • Tooth and Nail

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Why change a good thing??

    • By Thomas on 12-26-12

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  • Book 4

    • Strip Jack

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 146

    Gold Dagger-winner and best-selling author in the United Kingdom, Ian Rankin crafts absorbing crime novels with solidly drawn characters and first-rate plotting. In Strip Jack, he portrays a shocking murder investigation that exposes the sordid side of Edinburgh politics and society. Detective John Rebus suspects a set-up when a respected Member of Parliament is caught in a police raid on a brothel—and his flamboyant wife suddenly disappears.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rebus regains early promise

    • By connie on 10-13-11

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    • Strip Jack

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James MacPherson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the story, but could not get to the end.

    • By Rune on 04-21-14

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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 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    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 ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rebus is back and hes in great form

    • By David Watson on 03-04-13

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    • The Black Book

    • An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 5
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh’s seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body - with a bullet in its head - is found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, he’ll have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets in order to arrive at the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rebus really gels here

    • By connie on 01-04-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • 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 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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
    • More Rankin and Rebus

    • By Ronny on 03-16-14

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    • Mortal Causes

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 6
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heart of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams would never be heard. To find the victim's identity - and his killer - Rebus searches from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, Northern Ireland, among petty thugs, gunrunners, and heavyweight criminals. But before Rebus can get to the truth, he's bloodied by the dream of society's madmen - and staring into the glint of a killer's eyes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this one

    • By J. Ellis on 08-30-15

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  • Book 7

    • Let It Bleed

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    Detective Inspector John Rebus is not a man easily intimidated, so when political heavyweights start to lean on the dour, moralistic Edinburgh detective to stop an investigation, Rebus doggedly digs in and follows the case as it moves from embezzlement to murder and finally to conspiracy at the highest level of government.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's Samuel GiIles again

    • By connie on 10-23-11

    Regular price: $29.37

    • Let it Bleed

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 7
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James MacPherson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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?

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  • Book 8

    • Black and Blue

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 8
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    A murdered oil rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed, “Johnny Bible.” And a reopened investigation that doesn’t bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus’s Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he’s got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job - or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story but the narration poor.

    • By Gregory on 09-06-15

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    • 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 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Many characters. Complex plot.

    • By Cynthia on 02-14-16

    Regular price: $10.65

  • Book 9

    • The Hanging Garden

    • Inspector Rebus, Book 9
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Drugs. Extortion. Slavery. Organized crime is fighting for a hold on John Rebus's peaceful Scotland. And when Rebus rescues a young Bosnian girl forced into prostitution, he breaks a policeman's golden rule to never get personally involved in a case. Add to that the hunt for an elderly Nazi accused of slaughtering an entire French village, and Rebus wonders just how evil humans can be - until his own daughter is mortally injured as a gangland warning for him to back off. Then even a dedicated cop like Rebus might make a deal with the devil to find the culprit. Not for justice. For revenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • John Rebus,what can I say?

    • By Julie Jones on 03-13-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Hanging Garden

    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: James Macpherson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

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  • Book 10

    • Dead Souls

    • An Inspector Rebus Novel
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts, and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tiny flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • bad reader

    • By C. Carlson on 02-22-08

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