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:

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Publication Order of Inspector Rebus Books

Knots and Crosses(1987)Description / Buy at
Hide and Seek(1991)Description / Buy at
Tooth and Nail / Wolfman(1992)Description / Buy at
Strip Jack(1992)Description / Buy at
The Black Book(1993)Description / Buy at
Mortal Causes(1994)Description / Buy at
Let It Bleed(1995)Description / Buy at
Black and Blue(1997)Description / Buy at
The Hanging Garden(1998)Description / Buy at
Dead Souls(1999)Description / Buy at
Set in Darkness(2000)Description / Buy at
The Falls(2001)Description / Buy at
Resurrection Men(2002)Description / Buy at
A Question of Blood(2003)Description / Buy at
Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close(2004)Description / Buy at
The Naming of the Dead(2006)Description / Buy at
Exit Music(2007)Description / Buy at
Standing in Another Man's Grave(2012)Description / Buy at
Saints of the Shadow Bible(2013)Description / Buy at
Even Dogs in the Wild(2015)Description / Buy at
Rather Be the Devil(2016)Description / Buy at
In a House of Lies(2018)Description / Buy at
A Song for the Dark Times(2020)Description / Buy at
A Heart Full of Headstones(2022)Description / Buy at
Midnight and Blue(2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Inspector Rebus Short Stories/Novellas

A Good Hanging(1992)Description / Buy at
Death is Not the End(1998)Description / Buy at
A Good Hanging and Other Stories(2003)Description / Buy at
In the Nick of Time(2014)Description / Buy at
The Beat Goes On(2014)Description / Buy at
Long Shadows (Play)(2019)Description / Buy at

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

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