Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus : The Story of the Best-Selling Author and His Complex Detective, Hardback Book

Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus : The Story of the Best-Selling Author and His Complex Detective Hardback

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Detective John Rebus first appeared in Ian Rankin's 1987 best-seller Knots and Crosses and has since gone on to appear in 17 books and numerous short stories.

For over 20 years these critically-acclaimed novels have sold in their millions, thrilled readers the world over and have set a benchmark in contemporary crime fiction.

These notoriously gritty stories have been adapted into a popular television series and, it seems, the public cannot get enough of this hard-drinking, no-nonsense and complex detective. Although the fictional Inspector retired to the backwaters of Edinburgh's dark side in the 2007 novel Exit Music, the books continue to endure and attract new audiences.

In this fascinating biography, author Craig Cabell presents a thought-provoking insight into the minds of the writer and his creation, and how their relationship has developed over the years.

Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus also investigates the dark cellars and sinister back streets of Rebus' Edinburgh, a dark, foreboding city that shatters any stereotypes of shortbread and kilts. Learn about the unusual connection between Rankin and Rebus; how the author was a punk musician and swineherd before he became a writer; and why he was so inspired by fellow-Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his gothic masterpiece Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: Illustrations, ports.
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781844548668

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As the author states in the Preface 'This is not a biography and it is not an in-depth piece of literary criticism'. What is it then, we ask ourselves? Well the main part gives a chapter to each Inspector Rebus book and discusses it in some detail.In the course of which it brings in the thoughts and comments of Ian Rankin. In addition there is a detailed look at Rebus on television,including full cast lists and Rankin's comments.he seems to have been less than thrilled with the transition from book to screen it seems. There is also a section for those of us who require a 'Collectors Guide' to first editions ect, This also has comments from Rankin which are quite interesting. Finally there are various interviews and a few odds and ends (mainly padding)to finish the book off. This is a book which will be enjoyed by the real enthusiast but probably not by those who will only read and enjoy the Rebus books in passing. Cabell's writing is not of the best,but his enthusiasm shines through.