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Ian Rankin

Scotland (b.1960)

aka Jack Harvey

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Genres: Mystery
Series contributed to
Non fiction
Dagger Awards Best Novel winner (1997) : Black and Blue
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Black and Blue
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1999) : Dead Souls
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2004) : Resurrection Men
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel winner (2007) : The Naming Of The Dead
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel nominee (2008) : Exit Music
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : Standing in Another Man's Grave
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : Saints of the Shadow Bible
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel nominee (2016) : Even Dogs in the Wild
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Rather Be the Devil

Ian Rankin recommends
The Sound of My Voice (1987)
Ron Butlin
"Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality."
Mortal (1998)
Andrea Badenoch
"A first novel of chilling intensity, a mystery which also happens to be a dissection of desire, friendship and obsession."
Night Trap (1998)
(Alan Craik, book 1)
Gordon Kent (Christian Cameron)
"Here's a thriller that really flies. Gordon Kent knows his subject at first hand and the expertise shows on the page: high stakes, pounding tension and the best dogfights put on paper. A lot of thrillers these days, you come away feeling like you've been in a simulator. In NIGHT TRAP, Gordon Kent straps you into the real thing. Enjoy the ride!"
Star Struck (1998)
(Kate Brannigan, book 6)
Val McDermid
"Star Struck is Val McDermid at the top of the ratings."
Lie in the Dark (1999)
(Vlado Petric)
Dan Fesperman
"A quite astonishing first novel which injects the reader into the heart of the darkness which was Sarajevo at the height of the Yugoslav conflict. Reading this book is like being there. If Fesperman had taken me any closer to the action I'd be demanding a flak jacket. At the book's core is a police detective, a man who must deal with the conflict while never wholly understanding it, who must investigate one meaningful murder while those around him seem inured to daily slaughter. This is a humane and moving book, a great crime novel. A great novel, period."
Nights in White Satin (1999)
(Laura Principal, book 4)
Michelle Spring
"The best book yet in this amazing series."
Oh No, Not My Baby (1999)
Russell James
"The Godfather of British noir."
Exile (2000)
(Garnethill, book 2)
Denise Mina
"One of the most exciting writers to have emerged in britain for years."
Cold Is the Grave (2000)
(DCI Banks, book 11)
Peter Robinson
"A writer at the very height of his powers."
Noise Abatement (2000)
Carol Anne Davis
"You've got to read her."
Lights, Camera, Angel (2001)
(Fitzroy Maclean Angel, book 10)
Mike Ripley
"Mike Ripley's Angel series is back and taking no prisoners."
The Big Ask (2001)
(Murray Whelan, book 4)
Shane Maloney
"Maloney just gets better, and Murray Whelan remains one of the most reliable and rewarding sleuths in the business."
Those Whom the Gods Love (2001)
Clare Layton (Natasha Cooper)
"A gripping psychological thriller writer."
The Nature of the Beast (2001)
Frances Fyfield
"Her knowledge of the workings of the human mind - or, more correctly, the soul - is second to none."
Cypress Grove (2003)
(Turner, book 1)
James Sallis
"He's right up there, one of the best of the best."
Hot Potato (2003)
(Fizz and Buchanan, book 7)
Joyce Holms
"Joyce's humour is sharp without being nasty, her characters well drawn, and her Edinburgh a place you'll want to spend time in."
Whales for the Wizard (2005)
Malcolm Archibald
"A rip-roaring adventure-mystery with terrific detail of place, period and shipping lore."
Faro and the Royals (2005)
(Inspector Faro, book 14)
Alanna Knight
"Alanna Knight could hardly be better, with a crime novelist's insight into motive and aftermath."
The Power of the Dog (2005)
(Power of the Dog, book 1)
Don Winslow
"So good you almost want to keep him to yourself."
Body Language (2005)
Dan Gunn
"...prose as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel. A bravura performance."
A Kind of Vanishing (2007)
Lesley Thomson
"Lesley Thomson is a class above, and A Kind of Vanishing is a novel to treasure."
The Prince of Bagram Prison (2008)
Alex Carr
"Takes the reader for a seriously fast and scary ride. You'll end up checking your reading chair for a seatbelt."
The Stranger from Home (2008)
(Jim Meldrum, book 8)
Frederic Lindsay
"Intelligent, entertaining, gripping and well-written."
Londongrad (2008)
(Artie Cohen, book 8)
Reggie Nadelson
"Nadelson's take on a London of oligarchs fuelled by money from the 'new' Russia."
Speak No Evil (2009)
(Joe Donovan, book 4)
Martyn Waites
"England's dark heart has seldom been exposed with such surgical precision. Brutal, mesmerizing stuff."
Crimewave Nine: Transgressions (2014)
Andy Cox
"A must-have collection of the hottest crime stories around."
The Girl Next Door (2014)
Ruth Rendell
"Probably the greatest living crime writer in the world."
Discovering Scarfolk (2014)
Richard Littler
"Scarfolk: One visit is not enough. - ,"
Fallout (2015)
(Tito Ihaka, book 5)
Paul Thomas
"Violent, funny, profane-Ihaka is a terrific maverick cop."
Where Roses Never Die (2015)
(Varg Veum, book 17)
Gunnar Staalesen
"One of my very favorite Scandinavian authors...a series with very sharp teeth."
Papercuts (2016)
(Papercuts )
Colin Bateman
"He just seems to get better and better."
The Last of Us (2016)
Rob Ewing
"Gripping and utterly believable."
A Rising Man (2016)
(Sam Wyndham, book 1)
Abir Mukherjee
"A Rising Man is a whodunit set in the social and political tinderbox of 1919 Calcutta - a thought-provoking rollercoaster."
The Intrusions (2017)
(Carrigan and Miller, book 3)
Stav Sherez
"A Silence of the Lambs for the internet age."
Time to Win (2017)
(Goodwins, book 1)
Harry Brett
"The Godfather in Great Yarmouth."
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek (2017)
Anthony O'Neill
"Being a huge fan of the original, I was skeptical about this sequel, but it was clever, gripping, and reverent. Recommended."
Deep Blue Trouble (2017)
(Lori Anderson, book 2)
Steph Broadribb
"Like Midnight Run, but much darker..."
Bloody January (2017)
(Harry McCoy, book 1)
Alan Parks
"An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter."
Close to Home (2017)
(DI Fawley Thriller, book 1)
Cara Hunter
"[A] mazey, gripping story."
Gallic Noir: Volume 1 (2018)
Pascal Garnier
"Wonderful...Properly noir."
This is How it Ends (2018)
Eva Dolan
"Elegantly crafted, humane and thought-provoking. She's top drawer."
London Rules (2018)
(Slough House, book 5)
Mick Herron
"Sublime dialogue, frictionless plotting."
Loch of the Dead (2018)
(Frey & McGray, book 4)
Oscar De Muriel
"Properly creepy and Gothic."
Kill 'Em All (2018)
(Kill Your Friends, book 2)
John Niven
"A bruising triumph; Amis' MONEY for the Trump generation. What a monster he's created."
Night Runners (2018)
(Detective Mollel, book 3)
Richard Crompton
"A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya."
For The Good Times (2019)
David Keenan
"I've read a fair amount of 'Troubles' literature down the years. This is up there with the very best."
To Kill the Truth (2019)
(Maggie Costello, book 4)
Sam Bourne
"A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times."
Breakers (2019)
Doug Johnstone
"This may be Doug Johnstone’s best book yet. An unsparing yet sympathetic depiction of Edinburgh’s ignored underclass, with terrific characterisation. Tense, pacey, filmic."
Fallen Angel (2019)
Chris Brookmyre
"Guaranteed to keep you guessing."
The Island (2019)
(Hidden Iceland, book 2)
Ragnar Jónasson
"Totally gripped."
The Doll Factory (2019)
Elizabeth Macneal
"A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place . . . thoroughly engrossing."
A Shadow Intelligence (2019)
Oliver Harris
"Oliver Harris is always pure quality and I'm loving the hell out of his foray into the contemporary spy novel."
Your House Will Pay (2019)
Steph Cha
"Fresh, thoughtful, thrilling."
Die For Me (2020)
(Axel Steen, book 2)
Jesper Stein
"Who doesn't love a maverick cop with a chaotic personal life?."

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