There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man The New Yorker calls "the ideal sleuth."
Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. THE BEAT GOES ON collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection.
From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in "Dead and Buried," right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in "The Very Last Drop," Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family's darkest secrets to light.
THE BEAT GOES ON is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trovea must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
Hometown:Edinburgh, London and France
Date of Birth:April 28, 1960
Place of Birth:Cardenden, Scotland
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I never collected Ian Rankin's John Rebus novels: there were just too many. When I saw this short story collection, I decided to buy it because it wasn't at the library. It did not disappoint. Rankin is the rare crime writer who is as good in the short form as his is in his novels. Many of the stories don't even involve murder. Several take place at Christmas; Rebus has a nose for nefarious Santas. Rankin writes about Edinburgh in the same way Chandler used 40s LA. Somewhere I read that he considers his writing as more Robert Louis Stevenson than crime fiction. This volume could be used as supporting evidence.