5 GRIPPING reads
1 KNOTS AND CROSSES (1987)
Rankin was still finding his voice as he switched from literary fiction to crime, while Rebus is not quite the finished article in this debut outing. But it’s still a must-read that offers a glimpse into the detective’s troubled past in the SAS.
2 BLACK AND BLUE (1997)
With a title taken from an album by one of Rebus’ favourite bands, The Rolling Stones, the eighth book in the series was inspired by a true crime case from the 1960s. The detective’s career and life are on the line as he hunts a killer.
3 EXIT MUSIC (2007)
Named after a Radiohead song, this novel has Rebus retiring for the first time. But while he’s supposed to be quietly concluding his police career, the dogged detective is embroiled in a case involving the murder of a dissident Russian poet.
4 STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE (2012)
The Rebus comeback book sees the retired detective in a cold case unit. When he finds a murder that the police missed more than a decade earlier, the search for the killer takes him on a sinister Scottish road trip.
5 EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD (2015)
In perhaps the best of the late Rebus novels, the ex-cop is drawn back into the fray when someone takes a shot at “Big Ger” Cafferty. When a former Lord Advocate is murdered, Rebus is brought in as a consultant on the murky case.