Biography

Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.

After university and before his success with his Rebus novels, Ian had a number of jobs including working as a grape-picker, a swineherd, a journalist for a hi-fi magazine, and a taxman. Following his marriage in 1986, he lived briefly in London where he worked at the National Folktale Centre, followed by a short time living in France, before returning to Edinburgh.

Ian’s first novel SUMMER RITES remains in his bottom drawer, but his second novel, THE FLOOD, was published in 1986, while his first Rebus novel, KNOTS & CROSSES, was published in 1987. The Rebus series is now translated into 22 languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents. In addition to his Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels, he has also written standalone novels including DOORS OPEN, which was televised in 2012, short stories, a graphic novel --- DARK ENTRIES, and a play (with Mark Thomson, the Royal Lyceum Theatre’s Artistic Director) Dark Road, which premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in September 2013. There are also a number of novels under the pseudonym ‘Jack Harvey’ and in 2005 he collaborated with singer Jackie Leven on a CD. His non-fiction book REBUS' SCOTTLAND was published in 2005.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award for RESURRECTION MEN. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and Germany’s Deutscher Krimipreis.

Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Hull, Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh as well as The Open University.

A regular contributor to BBC2’s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts on Channel 4 in 2002 and Rankin on the Staircase for BBC Four in 2005. In 2007, Rankin appeared in Ian Rankin’s Hidden Edinburgh and Ian Rankin Investigates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also for BBC Four. Ian has been the subject of ITV’s South Bank Show and BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs where his choice of music included Joy Division, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.

Ian has received an OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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Books by Ian Rankin

by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Brilliant, irascible, and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, DI 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. It’s a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience Rebus and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.

by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Mystery

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends. Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth.

by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Mystery

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But the police investigation grounded to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. When two more women go missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen, Rebus senses a connection.

by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Suspense, Thriller

Malcolm Fox and the Complaints Unit return with an investigation of whether their colleagues are covering up for a cop suspected of being corrupt. When a murder is committed with a weapon that shouldn’t exist, the Complaints find themselves going back to 1985 and a cold case that may have dangerous bearing on the present.

by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Police Procedural

Malcolm Fox works with The Complaints, a subdivision of the police force that investigates other cops. His job and personal life are both wearing him down --- until he is given the case of a shady new cop who may be connected to a vicious local murder.