Inspector Rebus is a character and series of detective fiction novels by Scottish author Ian Rankin. The police procedural series is considered to fall into the Scottish Tartan Noir subgenre. The Detective Inspector John Rebus character is based in Edinburgh. Unlike other series, the character does age with time, as the character turned 60 years old with Exit Music. The series was adapted to the British TV series Rebus.

Ian Rankin started the Inspector Rebus series with Knots and Crosses in 1987. The series is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, making up 10% of crime fiction sales there. Below is a list of all of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rankin books in order of when they were originally published:

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 Non-Fiction Books


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

Notes: Tooth and Nail was originally titled Wolfman. Fleshmarket Close was titled Fleshmarket Alley in the USA.

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