Ian Rankin Books In Order

Inspector Rebus Books In Publication Order

  1. Knots and Crosses (1987)
  2. Hide and Seek (1991)
  3. Tooth and Nail / Wolfman (1992)
  4. Strip Jack (1992)
  5. The Black Book (1993)
  6. Mortal Causes (1994)
  7. Let It Bleed (1995)
  8. Black and Blue (1997)
  9. The Hanging Garden (1998)
  10. Dead Souls (1999)
  11. Set in Darkness (2000)
  12. The Falls (2001)
  13. Resurrection Men (2002)
  14. A Question of Blood (2003)
  15. Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close (2004)
  16. The Naming of the Dead (2006)
  17. Exit Music (2007)
  18. Standing in Another Man’s Grave (2012)
  19. Saints of the Shadow Bible (2013)
  20. Even Dogs in the Wild (2015)
  21. Rather Be the Devil (2016)
  22. In a House of Lies (2018)
  23. A Song for the Dark Times (2020)

Inspector Rebus Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. A Good Hanging (1992)
  2. Death is Not the End (1998)
  3. A Good Hanging and Other Stories (2003)
  4. In the Nick of Time (With: Peter James) (2014)
  5. The Beat Goes On (2014)
  6. Long Shadows (Play) (2019)

Jack Harvey Books In Publication Order

  1. Witch Hunt (1993)
  2. Blood Hunt (1995)
  3. Bleeding Hearts (2001)

Malcolm Fox Books In Publication Order

  1. The Complaints (2009)
  2. The Impossible Dead (2011)

Jack Laidlaw Books In Publication Order

  1. Laidlaw (By:William McIlvanney) (1977)
  2. The Papers of Tony Veitch (By:William McIlvanney) (1983)
  3. Strange Loyalties (By:William McIlvanney) (1991)
  4. The Dark Remains (With: William McIlvanney) (2021)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Flood (1986)
  2. Watchman (1988)
  3. Westwind (1991)
  4. Doors Open (2008)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. A Cool Head (2009)
  2. Meet and Greet (2016)

Plays In Publication Order

  1. Dark Road (2014)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Beggars Banquet (2002)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Rebus’s Scotland (2005)

Hellblazer Graphic Novels In Publication Order

  1. Hellblazer: Original Sins (By:,,Jamie Delano) (1988)
  2. John Constantine, Hellblazer, Volume 1: Original Sins (By:,,Jamie Delano) (1988)
  3. Hellblazer, Volume One: Original Sins (By:,,Jamie Delano) (1988)
  4. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (By:,,Garth Ennis) (1991)
  5. Hellblazer: Bloodlines (By:,Garth Ennis) (1991)
  6. Hellblazer: The Fear Machine (By:,,,,Jamie Delano) (1998)
  7. Hellblazer: Hard Time (By:,,Brian Azzarello) (2000)
  8. Hellblazer: Good Intentions (By:,Brian Azzarello) (2002)
  9. Hellblazer: Son of Man (By:,Garth Ennis) (2003)
  10. Reasons to Be Cheerful (By:Mike Carey) (2004)
  11. Hellblazer: Highwater (By:,,,Brian Azzarello) (2004)
  12. Red Sepulchre (By:Mike Carey) (2005)
  13. Stations of the Cross (By:Mike Carey) (2005)
  14. Black Flowers (By:Mike Carey) (2005)
  15. Staring at the Wall (By:Mike Carey) (2005)
  16. All His Engines (By:Mike Carey) (2005)
  17. The Gift (By:Mike Carey) (2006)
  18. Hellblazer (By:Andy Diggle) (2006)
  19. Papa Midnite (By:Mat Johnson) (2006)
  20. Hellblazer: The Devil You Know (By:,,,,Jamie Delano) (2007)
  21. Hellblazer: The Family Man (By:,,,,Jamie Delano) (2008)
  22. Dark Entries (2009)
  23. Phantom Pains (By:Peter Milligan) (2012)
  24. Death and Cigarettes (By:Peter Milligan) (2013)

Bibliomysteries Books In Publication Order

  1. The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)
  2. Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)
  3. The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)
  4. The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)
  5. An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)
  6. Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link) (2012)
  7. The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)
  8. Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell) (2013)
  9. The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)
  10. The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)
  11. The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)
  12. What’s in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)
  13. Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)
  14. The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)
  15. The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)
  16. The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)
  17. It’s in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)
  18. The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)
  19. The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)
  20. The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)
  21. Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)
  22. Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)
  23. Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)
  24. From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)
  25. The Travelling Companion (2016)
  26. Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)
  27. Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)
  28. Dead Dames Don’t Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)
  29. The Haze (By:James W. Hall) (2016)
  30. Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)
  31. The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd) (2018)
  32. Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)
  33. The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler) (2018)
  34. The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)
  35. The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)

Bibliomysteries Books In Chronological Order

  1. The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)
  2. The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)
  3. Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)
  4. An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)
  5. Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link) (2012)
  6. Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)
  7. The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)
  8. The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)
  9. The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)
  10. The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)
  11. Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell) (2013)
  12. What’s in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)
  13. It’s in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)
  14. The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)
  15. Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)
  16. The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)
  17. The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)
  18. The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)
  19. The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)
  20. The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)
  21. From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)
  22. Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)
  23. Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)
  24. Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)
  25. Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)
  26. The Travelling Companion (2016)
  27. The Haze (By:James W. Hall) (2016)
  28. Dead Dames Don’t Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)
  29. Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)
  30. Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)
  31. The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd) (2018)
  32. The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)
  33. The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler) (2018)
  34. The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)
  35. The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)

Murderous Christmas Stories Books In Publication Order

  1. Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)
  2. Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)
  3. A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)

Peter James Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Christmas is for the Kids (By:Peter James) (2011)
  2. In the Nick of Time (With: Peter James) (2014)
  3. Footloose (By:Val McDermid,Peter James) (2019)

World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Books In Publication Order

  1. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 (2000)
  2. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 (2000)
  3. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 (2002)
  4. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 (2003)
  5. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 (2004)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Master’s Choice: Mystery Stories by Today\’s Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them (2000)
  2. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 (2000)
  3. The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 (2000)
  4. One City (2005)
  5. Dangerous Women (2005)
  6. The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007)
  7. Ox-Tales: Earth (2009)
  8. Crimespotting (2009)
  9. The Killer Cookbook (2012)
  10. FaceOff (2014)
  11. Jawbreakers (2014)
  12. Daggers Drawn (2021)

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Ian Rankin Books Overview

Knots and Crosses

Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…
and he’s tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain’s elite SAS. Now he’s an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn’t just one cop trying to catch a killer, he’s the man who’s got all the pieces to the puzzle…
Knots and Crosses introduces a gifted mystery novelist, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today.

Hide and Seek

At night the summer sky stays light over Edinburgh. But in a shadowy, crumbling housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his bruised body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. John Rebus could call the death and accident but won’t. Instead, he tracks down a violent tempered young woman who knew the dead boy and heard him cry out his terrifyng last words: ‘Hide! Hide!’ Now, with the help of a bright, conflicted young detective, Rebus is following the girl through a brutal world of bad deals, bad dope and bad company. From a beautiful city’s darkest side to the private sanctums of the upper crust, Rebus is seeking the perfect hiding place for a killer.

Tooth and Nail / Wolfman

Scottish homicide detective John Rebus has been sent from ‘North of the Border’ to help London police catch a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. Teamed with a London cop he wants to trust but can’t, Rebus lets a beautiful psychologist into the case develops a bizarre portrait of a killer who leaves bite marks and tears on each victim’s body. Now it’s only a question of who is going to get busted first: the cop with the accent who breaks all the rules or the pyscho painting London with blood…

Strip Jack

Gregor Jack has it all: young, wealthy, and charming, he’s a highly respected member of Parliament, witha beautiful wife and a closet bursting with skeletons. When he’s caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel, his house of cards begins to topple. Enter Detective John Rebus: he smells a set up. When Jack’s flamboyant wife Elizabeth disappears, Rebus uncovers a full house of orgies, drunken parties, an incestuous ‘Pack’ of deceitful chums…
and ultimately Elizabeth’s badly beaten body. Now Rebus is on a new quest to find a killer who holds all the cards.

The Black Book

Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh’s seed Central Hotel to ashes. Long forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body with a bullet in its head is found amongst the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would rather he let sleeping dogs lie. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. Ane he knows that to solve teh case, he’ll have to peel back layer upon layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth…

Mortal Causes

The last people to die in Mary King’s Close had been plague victims. But that was in the 1700s. Now a body has been discovered, brutally tortured and murdered in Edinburgh’s buried city. Inspector John Rebus, ex army, spots a paramilitary link. It is August in Edinburgh, the Festival is in full swing. No one wants to contemplate terrorism in the thronging city streets. Special Branch are interested, however, and Rebus finds himself seconded to an elite police unit with the mission of smashing whatever terrorist cell may exist. But the victim turns out to be a gangster’s son, and the gangster wants revenge on his own terms.

Let It Bleed

Two boys hug and jump…
One man blows his brains out and does his lady a last favour…
Alone in his cell another sets a ball rolling that may demolish a glittering career…
Everyone keeps secrets and sometimes not just their own. In an Edinburgh winter the wind blows chill and penetrating. For Rebus it slams one door shut only to open another. Investigating the disappearance of the Provost’s daughter leads him from the Old Town to Silicon Gel, from drug addicts to government ministers. And plants the seed that grows into a nagging belief that there may be some criminals beyond the grasp of modern justice.

Black and Blue

Bible John killed three women, and took three souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to steal his namesake’s glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his principles. And convict Lenny Spaven died just to prove a point. ‘Bible John’ terrorized Glasgow in the sixties and seventies, murdering three women he met in a local ballroom and he was never caught. Now a copycat is at work. Nicknamed ‘Bible Johnny’ by the media, he is a new menace with violent ambitions. The Bible Johnny case would be perfect for Inspector John Rebus, but after a run in with a crooked senior officer, he’s been shunted aside to one of Edinburgh’s toughest suburbs, where he investigates the murder of an off duty oilman. His investigation takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, where he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head on. Suddenly caught in the glare of the television cameras and in the middle of more than one investigation, Rebus must proceed wiht caution: One mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death, or, worse still, losing his job. Written with Ian Rankin’s signature wit, style and intricacy, Black and Blue is a novel of uncommon and unforgettable intrigue.

The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon…
The hanging of four French villagers in World War II…
The hanging of an old man in a Scottish cemetary…
Seemingly random facts linked to one man…
Detective Inspector John Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal, and his immediate supervisors are more than happy to have him tucked away in a quiet backwater for several months. However, the escalating dispute between upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty’s gang soon gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close ties to a man nicknamed Mr. Pink Eyes, a brutal gangster running a lucrative business bringing Chechen refugees into Britain to work as prostitutes. And when Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road out of town. Within days, Rebus’s daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit and run, and Rebus knows that there’s nothing he won’t do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford even if it means cutting a deal with the devil. A chilling glimpse into the darkest extremes of human cruelty, a page turning literary thriller, this ninth entry in Ian Rankin’s award winning series confirms his reputation as a writer of rare and lasting gifts.

Dead Souls

Weary, wary, hard drinking Detective John Rebus returns in author Ian Rankin’s internationally acclaimed, award winning series. As complex and unpredictable as the brooding mists that envelop his Edinburgh beat, Rebus is ever resourceful and determined but this time, vulnerable and challenged as never before, with complications in his personal life, and events that shake him to the depths of his being…
A colleague’s suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts and the prospect of his daughter’s possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins knowing it’s himself he’s really trying to save…
REVIEW: ‘Hard drinking, hard living Rebus remains a compelling figure.’Kirkus ReviewsREVIEW: ‘Rankin creates a drum tight characterization of Rebus as a man deeply shaken by his convictions, but unwilling to fall apart. ‘Publishers WeeklyAUTHORBIO: IAN RANKIN is the author of nine previous novels, including Black and Blue, which won England’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award and was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Set in Darkness

On the eve of the first Scottish parliament in three hundred years, Edinburgh is a city rife with political passions and expectations. Queensbury House, the home of Scotland’s new rulers, falls in the middle of John Rebus’ turf, keeping him busy with ceremonial tasks. That quickly changes, however, when a long dead body is discovered in a Queensbury House fireplace, a homeless man throws himself off a bridge leaving behind a suitcase full of cash and an up and coming politician is found murdered. The links between the three deaths lead Rebus to a confrontation with one of Edinburgh’s most notorious criminals, a man he thought he’d put in jail for life. Someone’s going to make a lot of money out of Scotland’s independence and, as Rebus knows all too well, where there’s big money at stake, darkness gathers.

The Falls

Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, arguably the most realistic detective in crime fiction, is a brilliant but troubled man. When a young woman goes missing near his native Edinburgh, Scotland, Rebus finds himself just one small cog in the huge wheel of an inquiry set in motion by her powerfully rich father. Struggling to deal with both his own often terrifying inner demons as well as the monstrous bureaucracy of the investigative team, Rebus finds himself drawn again and again into the case, desperately searching for the girl’s salvation, as well as his own. In time Rebus uncovers two leads: one, a carved wooden doll stuffed tightly into a tiny casket, and the other the missing girl’s possible involvement in a dark, disturbing Internet based role playing game. He enlists the help of the tech savvy DC Siobhan Clarke, who is young enough to know her way around the net, but who may not be old and wise enough to avoid potentially deadly pitfalls and traps. Meanwhile, Rebus tracks down stories of similar caskets and dolls turning up in the area deep into Edinburgh’s past, some stretching back to a time when body snatchers turned into brutal killers. As Rebus and Clarke delve deeper and deeper into these perilous and obscure worlds, ancient and modern evils begin to converge and soon Rebus finds he’s besieged by an impenetrable mass of secrets, lies, and deadly deceit that only he can make sense of. In The Falls, a brilliant addition to an award winning series, both John Rebus and his creator, Ian Rankin, are at the top of their intense and satisfying form.

Resurrection Men

While in a reform school for cops, Inspector John Rebus joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by some of his classmates known as ‘Resurrection Men.’ /Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Like Edinburgh inspector John Rebus, the Resurrection Men of the title are treading on thin ice they’ve all been sent to a short course at the Scottish Police College because they’ve failed in some way, generally ‘an issue with authority.’ Rebus has been known to have issues of that nature before, which only boosts his credibility with the other cops in attendance, suspected by their bosses of being on the wrong side of the fence, on the take, or even guilty of murder on several previous occasions. The dour Inspector’s agenda aims to bring the higher ups proof of the so called Wild Bunch’s nefarious activities; in the process, his own conduct in the old case he and his college classmates must rework and revisit comes under scrutiny. A solid police procedural whose protagonist, the hero of 14 other titles in this internationally acclaimed series, continues to grow on readers who are just discovering him. Jane Adams

A Question of Blood

A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two seventeen year olds killed by an ex Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, ‘there’s no mystery’…
except the why. But this question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won’t be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare ranging from civic leaders to the local Goths leaving behind a legacy of secrets and lies. Rebus has more than his share of personal problems, too. He’s fresh out of hospital, hands heavily bandaged, and he won’t say how it happened. Could there be a connection with a house fire and the unfortunate death of a petty criminal who had been harrassing Rebus’s colleague Siobhan Clarke? Rebus’s bosses seem to think so…

Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close

On a notorious street where propriety and decadence clash, in the basement of a newly renovated bar, the bones of a woman and child are discovered beneath a cement floor. It’s an unusually gruesome find, even for Fleshmarket Alley. When Inspector John Rebus is called to investigate, every fact he finds unleashes a host of new questions. Are the bones those of a mother and child? Are they actual human remains or fakes? Were they planted there and if so, why?It could be nothing more than a ruthless and enterprising pub owner looking to create a local legend that will help lure trade. Or it could be something far worse something as grisly as the death of a recent immigrant found brutally murdered at a local housing project, or the murder of Donald Cruikshank, a recently paroled rapist whose body is found just as a young woman goes missing. The missing girl is a friend of Inspector Rebus’s colleague Detective Siobhan Clarke, and Siobhan is shocked to find herself in the same intricate web of murderers as Rebus all somehow tied to that pile of bones under Fleshmarket Alley. In a race to stop the killings before more bodies turn up even as the possibility of romantic entanglements distracts and entices them Rebus and Siobhan plumb the darkest corners of their beloved city and confront the lawless, conscienceless men who dwell there. Writing with the unstoppable narrative force that has made him one of the bestselling writers in the world, Edgar Award winner Ian Rankin delivers his most explosive and surprising mystery yet.

The Naming of the Dead

The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front line duty…
except one. John Rebus’s reputation precedes him, and his bosses don’t want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he’s manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? And is it linked to a grisly find close to the site of the gathering? Are the world’s most powerful men at risk from a killer? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only seventy two hours to find the answers.

Exit Music

It’s late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.
Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus’s investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.
Has Rebus overstepped his bounds for the last time? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, controversial career, will Rebus even make it that far?

A Good Hanging

Twelve remarkable, gritty stories starring Detective Inspector John Rebus in his home city of Edinburgh, as only Ian Rankin can portray it: not just the tearooms and cobbled streets of the tourist brochures, but a modern urban metropolis with a full range of criminals and their victims blackmailers, peeping Toms, and more than one kind of murderer. It’s a city like any other, a city that gives birth to crimes of passion, accidents, and long hidden jealousy, and a city in which criminal minds find it all too easy to fade into the shadows. As dedicated readers of the series well know, nobody is better equipped to delve into Edinburgh’s back alleys and smoky pubs than Rebus, and no one better able to illuminate his world than Ian Rankin.

Death is Not the End

For readers unfamiliar with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin’s longer works, this special edition novella is the perfect opportunity to get to know Rankin and his unforgettable creation, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus fans, it is an opportunity to follow him as he explores a subplot from his most recent outing, Dead Souls. When his high school sweetheart calls him out of the blue, Rebus agrees to track down her missing son, who was last seen at a bar owned by some shady mob linked gangsters. His pursuit takes him through an Edinburgh beyond the tartan tearooms and cobbled streets of the tourist brochures, a modern city boasting a variety of criminals and their victims. As Rebus contemplates the lurking immortality of his own city, Rankin offers readers page turning suspense and astonishing literary grace.

A Good Hanging and Other Stories

Twelve remarkable, gritty stories starring Detective Inspector John Rebus in his home city of Edinburgh, as only Ian Rankin can portray it: not just the tearooms and cobbled streets of the tourist brochures, but a modern urban metropolis with a full range of criminals and their victims blackmailers, peeping Toms, and more than one kind of murderer. It’s a city like any other, a city that gives birth to crimes of passion, accidents, and long hidden jealousy, and a city in which criminal minds find it all too easy to fade into the shadows. As dedicated readers of the series well know, nobody is better equipped to delve into Edinburgh’s back alleys and smoky pubs than Rebus, and no one better able to illuminate his world than Ian Rankin.

Witch Hunt

She is an ingenious assassin, with as many methods as identities, a master of disguise with an instinct for escape…
. She is Witch, and she makes for alluring prey, teasing her pursuers as she eludes them, hunting her victims with breathtaking creativity, beguiling the most powerful men in the world with her dark beauty and cunning. Witch is wanted by the world’s most elite police agencies, doggedly pursued by three very different detectives one woman and two men. Two are at the beginning of their careers, one is staking a lifetime’s experience on tracking Witch down, and all three display a professional determination that veers dangerously close to obsession. Working with and against one another, crossing paths and crossing swords, the detectives on her trail must stop her before she pulls off her most daring and ingenious assignment yet, a killing whose repercussions will reverberate throughout the world. The intricate deceits and confidences that lead Witch to her latest target inspire an elaborate chase, but no matter how fast her pursuers track her, no matter how expertly they anticipate her every move, Witch always remains one step ahead of the game. With time growing short, it seems she will elude authorities again but an unexpected link to her own mysterious past may upset her streak of calculated terror. Edgar Award winner lan Rankin delivers a novel of espionage that rivals the classics of the genre, confirming his stature as one of the modern masters of suspense.

Blood Hunt

As a former soldier, Gordon Reeve knows something about killing. So despite the fact that the death of his brother Jim has been ruled a suicide, Gordon can’t shake the feeling that someone is responsible. Traveling alone across an ocean, he arrives in California determined to get answers: Why was the car Jim’s body was found in locked from the outside? Who would want Jim dead? And now why do the local cops seem bent on thwarting Gordon’s efforts to uncover the truth? With all the verve and taut pacing that have made Ian Rankin an internationally renowned suspense writer, Blood Hunt is a gripping story of one man’s dogged pursuit of justice.

Bleeding Hearts

Michael Weston is paid well to do his work and ask no questions. When you’re a professional assassin, total secrecy is part of the job. But after a successful mission in London, the police are immediately on his tail. How did they know how to find him? And who is his anonymous employer? Why did he or she want his target, a TV reporter, killed? Was he set up from the start? The questions lead Weston to his nemesis Hoffer, a private detective who has been hunting him for years. Ever since Weston accidentally killed an innocent American girl, her grieving father has employed Hoffer on a relentless mission to bring Weston to justice. Could Hoffer finally have set a snare that worked? Weston sets out to find his mysterious employer, traveling from London to Glasgow to Seattle even if it means encountering Hoffer face to face at last. With the brilliant eye for character and taut pacing that have made him an internationally renowned bestseller, Ian Rankin delivers a gripping story that examines what happens when the assassin becomes the target, and proves yet again that ‘in Rankin, you cannot go wrong’ Boston Globe.

The Complaints

The Complaints is the searing new major post Rebus novel from Ian Rankin, an inquiry into personal morality, private vice, friendship, and the state of the nation. ‘Mustn’t complain’ but people always do…
Nobody likes The Complaints they’re the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as ‘The Dark Side’, or simply ‘The Complaints‘. It’s where Malcolm Fox works. He’s just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he’s a man with problems of his own. He has an increasingly frail father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship something which Malcolm cannot seem to do anything about. But, in the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There’s a cop called Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when a vicious murder intervenes far too close to home for Fox’s liking. ‘Like all good crime novels, it takes you to places that you did not know existed and, even if you did, would not wish to visit. Fox, brave and kind beneath his world weary exterior, makes for an excellent guide. Rankin’s legion of fans will have no grounds for complaints’ Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD ‘Getting to know this man Fox , an intriguing mix of apathy and action, is almost like a courtship each new situation reveals something that makes the reader want to know yet more’ Rebecca Armstrong THE INDEPENDENT ‘Rankin delivers, without the help of Rebus, an excellent cop novel full of action, good dialogue, well crafted characters and an authentic backdrop’ Marcel Berlins THE TIMES ‘Rankin’s touch for literary elements outwith genre expectations continues to be excellent. Even a brief paragraph about Fox’s childhood contains as much nostagic fizz as a bubble of Irn Bru caught in a spluttering kid’s nostril’ Alan Morrison SUNDAY HERALD GLASGOW ‘Rankin’s trademark pace and descriptive eye are as sharp as ever, while the post banking collapse setting, full of worried property developers and dodgy money men, gives the book a strong contemporary feel. It’s a gripping police thriller’ Aaron Lavery METRO ‘It may be heresy to say so, but I was never very excited by Inspector Rebus. I am much more interested in Rankin’s new addition to the list of Edinburgh policemen heroes…
An interesting insight into human behaviour, not to mention a welcome tour of both the Edinburgh that visitors see and the parts they aren’t shown’ Jessica Mann LITERARY REVIEW ‘Rankin explores both public and private morality in this well plotted story’ Carla McKay DAILY MAIL ‘The Complaints conclusively demonstrates that its author has still got it, and can put together an ample, satisfyingly complex detective novel without a Rolling Stones loving, ex SAS sleuth at its centre’ John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES ‘The Complaints is very, very good indeeed and will be greedily devoured by anyone suffering from Rebus withdrawal symptoms…
I will be dismayed if this turns out to be a one off, as the ensemble cast and the police procedural set up, not to mention the Rankin/Edinburgh synergy and his eagle eyed observation, simply cry out for a series’ Mike Ripley SHOTS ‘The action that follows writhes and twists ilke a bucketful of worms and Rankin handles them with his customary aplomb’ David Connett SUNDAY EXPRESS ‘On the evidence of The Complaints it looks as if Fox will be just as sure footed a guide to the city as his grizzled predecessor’ Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS ‘Reliably readable as ever, Ranin truly rocks’ Paul Blezzard THE LADY ‘This is an archetypal Rankin novel a meaty mystery as well as a forensic investigation of how the consciences of ordinary, decent people react to extreme stress’ Mat Coward MOR…

The Impossible Dead

The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel.A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line. In his newest pulse pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.

Laidlaw (By:William McIlvanney)

An extraordinary debut by a Scottish mystery writer, this cult classic of crime fiction presents Detective Jack Laidlaw, a policeman as complex and self critical as you’ll ever meet. Laidlaw follows the trail of murder investigation deep inot the underbelly of Glasgow, a world he knows the way Phillip Marlowe knew Los Angeles.

The Papers of Tony Veitch (By:William McIlvanney)

McIlvanney once again sets out on the dark side of Glasgow with Detective Jack Laidlaw. ‘The wine he gave me winsy wine’ were the final words of Eck Adamson to Laidlaw, his only friend. Laidlaw is convinced the Eck was murdered and that an elusive young student, Tony Veitch, holds the key to the mystery.

Strange Loyalties (By:William McIlvanney)

Detective Laidlaw investigates a case that hits home his brother’s seemingly random death.

The Dark Remains (With: William McIlvanney)

An extraordinary debut by a Scottish mystery writer, this cult classic of crime fiction presents Detective Jack Laidlaw, a policeman as complex and self critical as you’ll ever meet. Laidlaw follows the trail of murder investigation deep inot the underbelly of Glasgow, a world he knows the way Phillip Marlowe knew Los Angeles.

Watchman

Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn’t lust after promotion, and he doesn’t want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect with horrific consequences Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irishwoman. His marriage seems ready to crumble to dust. So does his home. But Miles is given one last chance for redemption a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder and shocking discoveries. But can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?

Westwind

The Zephyr program is monitoring the progress of Britain’s only spy satellite. When Zephyr goes briefly off the air, Hepton finds himself in danger and the mistrusted Dreyfuss, sole survivor of a shuttle crash, has the only key to the riddle that must be solved if both men are to stay alive.

Doors Open

Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast wants something that money can’t buy. Fellow art lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated that so many paintings stay hidden in corporate boardrooms, safes and private apartments. After the auction and a chance encounter with crime boss Chib Calloway Robert and Allan suggest the ‘liberation’ of several paintings from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, he hopes they are serious. As enterprising girlfriends, clever detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell’s Angel named Hate enter the picture, Ian Rankin creates a highly charged thriller, a fast pasted story of second guesses and double crosses that keep changing the picture, right until the harrowing finish.

A Cool Head

‘My dad used to say to me, ‘Try to keep A Cool Head and a warm heart’. At least I think it was my dad. I don’t really remember him.’ Gravy worked in the graveyard hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn’t recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun. Gravy had looked after things for Benjy before, but never a gun. When Gravy looked in the car he found blood, a balaclava and a bag stuffed with money. Gravy’s not too bright but he wants to help his friend. So Gravy finds himself caught up in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, a woman who witnessed a murder, and some very unpleasant men who will do anything to get back the money Benjy stole…

Rebus’s Scotland

‘His novels are playing a significant part in redefining Scotland’s image of itself in literature’ Independent on Sunday In Rebus’s Scotland Ian Rankin uncovers the Scotland that the tourist never sees, highlighting the places that inspired the settings for the Inspector Rebus novels. Rankin also reveals the story of Rebus and how he came into being, who he is, and what his and Rankin’s Scotland is like. With over 100 evocative photographs, specially commissioned to reflect the text, Rebus’s Scotland is the perfect gift for anyone interested in Scotland or in the novels of Ian Rankin.

Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (By:,,Garth Ennis)

John Constantine, the main character in Hellblazer, was originally a very minor character in DC Comics’ Swamp Thing. Next came his only series, in which this hard smoking, hard drinking, all around manipulator walked the thin line of magic between this world and hell. So when Irishman Garth Ennis was asked to write this comic book, he had asked himself, ‘What could I possibly do to John Constantine that hadn’t been done before? And one course of action suddenly stood out above all others: Kill him.’The result is a tense supernatural drama that begins with Constantine being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Though this book only hints at the freeform casualness and over the top vulgarity that became Ennis’s trademark in the Preacher series, this is an immensely enjoyable read with strong characters and dynamite plot twists. Jim Pascoe

Hellblazer: Son of Man (By:,Garth Ennis)

From Garth Ennis, the award winning writer of Preacher, and acclaimed artist John Higgins Sandman, Pride & Joy comes another terrifying tale of the chain smoking mystic, John Constantine. Constantine is visited by an old friend and suddenly his world is turned upside down as he is reminded of a dark deed he performed many years ago which has now come back to haunt him. Soon South London mobsters and bent coppers are the least of his worries…
Featuring a cover gallery by Glenn Fabry Preacher, Just a Pilgrim this is another peek beneath the filthy blanket of Constantine’s supernatural and seedy London life.

Reasons to Be Cheerful (By:Mike Carey)

John Constantine is an unconcerned, somewhat amoral occultist with a British working class background. He’s a hero of sorts, who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery and genuine magic skill. In the latest volume, John Constantine’s three illegitimate children are back and this time, they’re going after John’s few remaining friends and loved ones. Can an aged and exhausted Constantine battle three beings born with all of his magical talents and the hearts of demons?

Hellblazer: Highwater (By:,,,Brian Azzarello)

Brian Azzarello, the writing genius behind the smash hit, award winning crime thriller 100 Bullets, brings his own unique spin to John Constantine: Hellblazer, mystical troubleshooter and aging, low life punk. Continuing his aimless American occult odyssey, Constantine encounters the beauty of nature and the horrors of humanity. From the Nazi raddled neartlands to the S&M pits of LA, he finds you don’t have to be supernatural to breed hatred, perversity, religious intolerance and seething racism but it helps. With the Hellblazer based Constantine movie in the pipeline, this new graphic novel is must have, surefire, wall to wall brilliance! Warning: Adults only!

Red Sepulchre (By:Mike Carey)

With his business in America finally finished, John Constantine returns to England, much to the shock of everyone who thought hed perished in a prison riot. And as usual, his actions have had bad consequencesafter his disappearance, his niece Gemma ran away to London, leaving his sister to move into a new council building that shelters an addictive evil. Said evil provides a clue that puts Constantine on Gemmas trail, but her persistent interest in the family magic business has gotten her involved with a very bad crowdone that now thinks it can use her as a goad to make Constantine do their bidding. But Constantine has never been known for taking ordersor for his forgiving nature.

Stations of the Cross (By:Mike Carey)

John Constantine is an unconcerned, somewhat amoral occultist with a British working class background. He’s a hero of sorts, who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery and genuine magical skill. This latest volume finds the hard drinking master of bad luck magic suffering alone in the aftermath of the near apocalypse he unwittingly caused, with no memory of his identity or history. However, he still has his usual luck, and soon enough he’s being hunted by man and demon alike and about to make the worst mistake of his long, blood soaked life.

Staring at the Wall (By:Mike Carey)

The apocalypse that has been looming finally arrives, and John Constantine must marshal the most powerful magicians in the world to face the threat. However, once again it turns out to be his friends and family who really save the daybut for a change, its Constantine who pays the price.

All His Engines (By:Mike Carey)

When a mysterious worldwide plague starts putting millions of people into deadly comas, Earth’s foremost expert on the bizarre, John Constantine, steps in with the ‘cure.’ After traveling from the dreary alleys of London to the glittering boulevards of L.A., Constantine realizes that a cadre of wicked demons and hellish monsters is behind the outbreak, and he’ll have to sacrifice more than himself to put an end to the nightmare.

Hellblazer (By:Andy Diggle)

HELLBLAZER: LADY CONSTANTINE tells the story of Johanna Constantine, 18th century ancestor of today’s Hellblazer, whose reputation for sorcery lands her a job that promises a future of wealth and entitlement and almost certain death and damnation in the frozen North Sea!

Papa Midnite (By:Mat Johnson)

The King of Voodoo has a long history, but where did it all begin? Reaching back to the beginnings of American slavery, Hellblazer: Papa Midnite follows the story of the curse that made Midnite immortal, from its origin in 1712 through the New York Slave Insurrection of 1741 and into the present day, where he continues to pay the price for his original sin.

Hellblazer: The Devil You Know (By:,,,,Jamie Delano)

John Constantine is an unconcerned, amoral occultist with a British working class background. He’s an anti hero who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery and genuine magic skill. V FOR VENDETTA illustrator David Lloyd provides painted artwork for the tale of an encounter with a strange woman who is the embodiment of the world’s horrors. This volume also features some of Constantine’s earliest adventures including his first victory in the long war with the demon Nergal.

Dark Entries

HELLBLAZER’s John Constantine must become part of HAUNTED PALACE a closed set reality game show think BIG BROTHER or SCI FI’s new reality show, ESTATE OF PANIC in order to deal with a supernatural murder of one of the contestants. He enters as a ‘surprise’ contestant and meets the other participants, learning that they all have secrets and that one of them must be ‘channeling’ poltergeists and/or be the murderer. However, John soon learns that he is in fact in a game show which is being broadcast only to the denizens of Hell, who have chosen him to be the next contestant. Now he has to figure out who’s the killer but also how to escape with his own soul in one piece.

Phantom Pains (By:Peter Milligan)

After seeing his new wife Epiphany react to his now thumb less hand, Constantine goes on a quest to find a suitable replacement for his missing digit. While he tries to literally sew himself back together, John’s niece Gemma plots a scheme of revenge against her uncle. Will Constantine be able to fend off his own family’s demonic fury?

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5

More than 200,000 words of great crime and suspense fictionEach year, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, editors of The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, have reached farther past the boundaries of the United States to find the very best suspense from the world over. In this third volume of their series they have included stories from Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom as well as, of course, a number of fine stories from the U.S.A. Among these tales are winners of the Edgar Award, the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers, and other major awards in the field. In addition, here are reports on the field of mystery and crime writing from correspondents in the U.S. Jon L. Breen, England Maxim Jakubowski, Canada Edo Van Belkom, Australia David Honeybone, and Germany Thomas Woertche. Altogether, with nearly 250,000 words of the best short suspense published in 2001, this bounteous volume is, as the Wall Street Journal said of the previous year s compilation, the best value for money of any such anthology. The A to Z of the authors should excite the interest of any mystery reader:Robert Barnard Lawrence Block Jon L. Breen Wolfgang Burger Lillian Stewart Carl Margaret Coel Max Allan Collins Bill Crider Jeffery Deaver Brendan DuBois Susanna Gregory Joseph Hansen Carolyn G. Hart Lauren Henderson Edward D. Hoch Clark Howard Tatjana Kruse Paul Lascaux Dick Lochte Peter Lovesey Mary Jane Maffini Ed McBain Val McDermid Marcia Muller Joyce Carol Oates Anne Perry Nancy Pickard Bill Pronzini Ruth Rendell S. J. Rozan Billie Rubin Kristine Kathryn Rusch Stephan Rykena David B. Silva Nancy Springer Jac. Toes John Vermeulen Donald E. Westlake Carolyn Wheat.

Dangerous Women

Prepare to meet the most seductively female and the most shockingly fatal of femmes fatales, brought to you by seventeen of today’s finest authors of mystery and suspense fiction. Award winning editor Otto Penzler presents a collection of short and sizzling masterpieces of kisses and kiss offs, gams and gats, published for the first time anywhere. In ‘Third Party,’ Jay McInerney takes you on a wild ride through the Paris night with a party girl built for speed and sin ‘Rendezvous,’ Nelson DeMille’s first short story in twenty five years, plunges you into a Vietnam jungle where the bloodiest scourge of this man’s army is no man at all back in the U.S.A. of ‘Louly and Pretty Boy,’ Elmore Leonard introduces a Depression era teenage gun moll who loves Pretty Boy Floyd more than she likes knocking off filling stations and Michael Connelly’s colorful and ironic ‘Cielo Azul’ shows how a nameless woman left dead on a Los Angeles hillside can be the most lethal prey of all. These and a bevy of other very bad girls cast their criminal spells through the powerful voices of Lorenzo Carcaterra, Joyce Carol Oates, John Connolly, Thomas H. Cook, Jeffery Deaver, J. A. Jance, Andrew Klavan, Laura Lippman, Ed McBain, Walter Mosley, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, and S. J. Rozan in stories as irresistible as the antiheroines that blaze through their pages.’I’m not usually given to superlatives, but Dangerous Women may be the best, most varied, and colorful mystery anthology of all time.’ Janet Evanovich’Otto Penzler knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything, and proves it once more in this brilliant anthology.’ Robert B. Parker’Wow, what memorable dames! What terrific short stories! Dangerous Women is a winning collection.’ Susan Isaacs

Ox-Tales: Earth

Ox-Tales is a set of four compelling and collectible books, each themed on one of the elements. Earth features stories by Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Marti Leimbach, Kate Atkinson, Ian Rankin, Marina Lewycka, Hanif Kureishi, Jonathan Buckley and Nicholas Shakespeare, and a poem by Vikram Seth.

The idea behind Ox-Tales is to raise money for Oxfam and along the way to highlight the charity’s work in project areas: agriculture in Earth, water projects in Water, conflict aid in Fire, and climate change in Air.

Crimespotting

All the short stories in ‘Crimespotting‘ are brand new and specially commissioned. The brief was deceptively simple – each story must be set in Edinburgh and feature a crime. The results range from hard-boiled police procedural to historical whodunit and from the wildly comic to the spookily supernatural.

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