Ian Rankin is a Scottish author of crime fiction. Rankin’s goal in life was not always to write crime fiction. He originally thought he would be compared to the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson rather than to be considered part of the Tartan Noir genre. He is best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which are set in Edinburgh. Many of the books have been adapted to a television series on the British channel ITV, starring John Hannah and later Ken Stott as Inspector Rebus.

Ian Rankin became a published author in 1986 when The Flood was released. His next novel, Knots and Crosses was the beginning of the Inspector Rebus character. Since then, most of his work has been in the Rebus series, although he has also written some standalone books and a new series featuring Malcolm Fox. Below is a list of all of Ian Rankin’s novels in publication order and in chronological order (when necessary):

Publication Order of Inspector Rebus Books


Knots and Crosses(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hide and Seek(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tooth and Nail(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strip Jack(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Book(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortal Causes(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Let It Bleed(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black and Blue(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hanging Garden(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Souls(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Set in Darkness(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Falls(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Resurrection Man(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Question of Blood(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fleshmarket Alley(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naming of the Dead(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exit Music(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Standing in Another Man's Grave(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saints of the Shadow Bible(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inspector Rebus Short Stories


Death is Not the End(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inspector Rebus Collections


A Good Hanging and Other Stories(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jack Harvey Books


Witch Hunt(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bleeding Hearts(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Hunt(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Malcolm Fox Books


The Complaints(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Impossible Dead(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Flood(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Watchman(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Westwind(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Doors Open(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


A Cool Head(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Herbert in Motion and Other Stories(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beggars Banquet(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Complete Short Stories(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One City(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimespotting(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ox-Tales: Earth(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Graphic Novels


Dark Entries(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Plays


Dark Road(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Rebus' Scotland(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Witch Hunt, Bleeding Hearts and Blood Hunt were written under the pseudonym of Jack Harvey.

One City also contains contributions by Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh. Ox-Tales: Earth also contains contributions by Kate Atkinson, Jonathan Buckley, Jonathan Coe, Hanif Kureishi, Marti Leimbach, Marina Lewycka, Vikram Seth, Nicholas Shakespeare and Rose Tremain. Dark Entries is co-authored with Werther Dell’Edera. Dark Road is co-authored by Mark Thomson.

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