It's five years since John Rebus retired. But 2012 sees his return, investigating cold cases. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit.
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When a TV reporter is murdered by a single shot, Michael Weston wants to know why she was killed. But Michael is not a policeman, he is the killer and he needs answers. Was the job a set-up and how were the police on his tail so quickly? As he searches for the man who paid him he realises that his own life might be at risk.
Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's where Malcolm Fox works, and in the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There's a cop called Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks.
A COOL HEAD
Gravy worked in the graveyard - hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn't recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun...
DEAD SOULS (X Rated)
Edinburgh's streets seem crowded with villains. A poisoner visits the zoo. A freed paedophile is also found there, camera in hand. The final straw for Rebus comes courtesy of the US government when a convicted murderer is returned and put under Rebus's watchful eye! X rated, contains offensive language and explicit sex.
A DEEP HOLE
From the bestselling author of the Rebus detective series, a road worker is called on for a favour by the local loan shark.
EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD
Retirement doesn't suit John Rebus. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn't need long to consider. Clarke's been investigating the death of a lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. Meanwhile, Big Ger Cafferty - Rebus's long-time nemesis - has received an identical note and a bullet through his window. Now it's up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer.
A student, the daughter of an influential banker, is missing. Two leads emerge for Inspector Rebus and his team, an old carved doll in a six inch coffin, and an Internet game run by a cyber guru. Whilst Rebus works on the historical material he leaves DC Clarke to take her chances with the virtual Quizmaster.
An illegal immigrant is found murdered in Edinburgh, is this a racist attack? Rebus is drawn into this investigation. Meanwhile Siobhan is investigating the disappearance of a teenager, which draws her uncomfortably close to a convicted rapist.
Mary Miller had always been an outcast - burnt in a chemical mix as a young girl. Now, years later, she is a single mother, caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood.
A GOOD HANGING AND OTHER STORIES
Edinburgh is a city steeped in history and tradition, known as the 'Athens of the North.' But here Detective Inspector John Rebus can expect gang warfare, murder and assault at the very least. In this collection he investigates the hanging of a student actor during the Festival, an arson attack on a bird watcher and the witnessing of an apparent miracle...
THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD
A major inquiry into a neighbouring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his Internal Affairs department unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds there are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.
LET IT BLEED
Struggling with another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue. He discovers that some of his enemies may be beyond his reach, even beyond justice.
THE NAMING OF THE DEAD
DI Rebus, investigating the apparent suicide of an MP, finds that a serial killer may be on the loose. Meanwhile the G8 leaders are gathering in Scotland and Siobhan Clarke is looking for the riot cop who assaulted her mother.
A QUESTION OF BLOOD (X Rated)
An ex-Army loner kills two teenagers at a private school and then shoots himself. DI Rebus needs to find out why. At the same time a petty criminal who has been stalking DS Clarke is found burnt to death, and Rebus is just out of hospital, with his hands heavily bandaged! X rated, contains offensive language.
RATHER BE THE DEVIL
Forty years on, the death of Maria Turquand still preys on John Rebus’ mind. Murdered in her hotel room, Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, in the dark heart of Edinburgh, has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?
With a group of other misfits, Inspector Rebus is sent back to Police College for retraining. Once there the group is given an unresolved case to investiagte. As Rebus is familiar with the victims and the suspects, he believes that they are being set up.
SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE
Inspector Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team, who called themselves 'the Saints', and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible', are suspected of foul play. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer...
SET IN DARKNESS
Scotland is about to have its own parliament after three hundred years. When the body of a prospective MSP is discovered, the powers that be demand instant answers from Inspector Rebus.
Gregor Jack’s successful career as an MP is threatened after a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then his wife disappears and two dead bodies are discovered.
TOOTH AND NAIL
The Wolfman could be the toughest case yet for John Rebus - a serial killer named by the press due to a terrifying trademark of taking a bite from each victim. So when Rebus is offered a psychological profile of the murderer by an attractive lady psychologist he is happy to accept. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack.
Miles Flint, a low level intelligence operative, is satisfied with his watching brief. But with IRA bombs wreaking havoc on the British mainland, Miles is sent to Belfast where his job is much more than watching people. The stakes are very high and he soon finds himself with all kinds of problems.
Originally written under the pseudonym Jack Harvey. Interpol have tried and failed to find the terrorist called Witch. Now the combined forces of Scotland Yard and MI5 must try the impossible to prevent a major international incident. It is only when an MI5 novice and his French counterpart piece together the smallest of clues, that Witch suddenly looks vulnerable . . .