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John Rebus: A Mysterious Profile

(A book in the Mysterious Profiles series)
(A book in the Inspector Rebus series)
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The New York Times–bestselling author tells the story behind Inspector Rebus, the hard-edged Edinburgh cop and “superbly drawn character” (The Times, London).
In this short work, Edgar and Diamond Dagger Award winner Ian Rankin delves into DI John Rebus’s origins as a character, as well as his own origins as a writer. While author and character share a love of literature and a deep affection for Scotland’s capital city, they differ in other ways, as Rankin entertainingly testifies, while revealing how this “compelling figure” has developed over the course of his long-running series of gritty crime novels (
Kirkus Reviews).
“[A] hard-drinking, chain-smoking, terminally melancholic hero . . . trapped in a world where mavericks are an endangered species.” —
“Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives.” —
The Guardian
“With his stubborn insistence on tying up the frayed ends of every knotty clue, and iconoclastic refusal to be a team player . . . Rebus is a bane to his superiors but a blessing to readers.” —
Publishers Weekly

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