5 GRIP­PING reads

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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.

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