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
A Good Hanging (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
Death is Not the End (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 Men (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Question of Blood (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fleshmarket Alley / Close (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 (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Nick of Time ( With: Peter James) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beat Goes On (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Even Dogs in the Wild (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rather Be the Devil (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In a House of Lies (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Long Shadows (Play) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Song for the Dark Times (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jack Harvey Books

Witch Hunt (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Hunt (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bleeding Hearts (2001)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 (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Doors Open (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Cool Head (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Meet and Greet (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Plays

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Beggars Banquet (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Good Hanging and Other Stories (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Rebus's Scotland (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hellblazer Graphic Novels Books

Reasons to Be Cheerful ( By: ) (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Sepulchre ( By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stations of the Cross ( By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Flowers ( By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Staring at the Wall ( By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All His Engines ( By: ) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gift ( By: ) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hellblazer ( By: ) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Papa Midnite ( By: ) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Entries (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Phantom Pains ( By: ) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death and Cigarettes ( By:) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What's in a Name? ( By: ) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Travelling Companion (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Peter James Short Stories/Novellas

(with Val McDermid, Peter James)

Christmas is for the Kids ( By: Peter James) (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Nick of Time ( With: Peter James) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Footloose ( By: Val McDermid, Peter James) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tess Monaghan Books

(with Laura Lippman)

Baltimore Blues ( By: Laura Lippman) (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Charm City ( By: Laura Lippman) (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Butchers Hill ( By: Laura Lippman) (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Big Trouble ( By: Laura Lippman) (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sugar House ( By: Laura Lippman) (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In a Strange City ( By: Laura Lippman) (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Place ( By: Laura Lippman) (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By a Spider's Thread ( By: Laura Lippman) (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Good Deeds ( By: Laura Lippman) (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Another Thing to Fall ( By: Laura Lippman) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl in the Green Raincoat ( By: Laura Lippman) (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hush Hush ( By: Laura Lippman) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them(2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One City(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dangerous Women(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ox-Tales: Earth(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimespotting(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killer Cookbook(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
FaceOff(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jawbreakers(2014)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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