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A Edimburgo il sonno è un lusso per pochi. Mentre alla centrale di polizia la squadra omicidi lavora a un caso scottante, nel suo nuovo appartamento l'ex ispettore John Rebus viene svegliato dallo squillo del cellulare. Manca poco all'alba, e Rebus sa che una telefonata a quell'ora può portare solo cattive notizie. Infatti, all'altro capo della linea, la voce rotta dal panico di sua figlia Samantha lo informa che Keith, il suo compagno, non torna a casa da due giorni. All'apprensione per la scomparsa si somma l'angoscia, perché lì a Naver, in quel paesino sperduto e pettegolo nel nord della Scozia, tutti sanno che il loro è un rapporto teso, scandito da infedeltà e menzogne, e Samantha è certa che se venisse avviata un'indagine i primi sospetti ricadrebbero su di lei.
Intenzionato a riguadagnarsi l'affetto incondizionato della figlia e a dare un'ulteriore prova del proprio talento investigativo, John Rebus parte alla volta di Naver, imbarcandosi in un'indagine a titolo personale e accorgendosi, con il passare dei giorni, che questa volta la verità è l'ultima cosa che vorrebbe scoprire.
They call him the Wolfman - because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street. Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference, and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac.
When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack.
The sixth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.
'An outstanding creation' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing...
A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable.
When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.
From the iconic Number One bestseller Ian Rankin, comes one of the must-read books of the year: A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
'Genius ... Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.'
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When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.
Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.
He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?
As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find...
PRAISE FOR A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES:
'Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure' MARIAN KEYES
'This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations' MICHAEL CONNELLY
'An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction' MICK HERRON
'Rankin remains the king of the castle' THE TIMES
'Typically compelling' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Masterly storytelling' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Excellent' LIZ NUGENT
'The best that the crime genre can offer' FT
'Rankin grows better with time . . . Rebus grows ever more compelling' DAILY MAIL
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PRAISE FOR THE ICONIC NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER:
'Ian Rankin is a genius'
'A master storyteller'
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse'
'Great fiction, full stop'
'One of Britain's leading novelists in any genre'
'Rankin is a phenomenon'
'Worthy of Agatha Christie at her best'
'The king of crime fiction'
Special edition of the award-winning Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES - includes exclusive extra material.
'Britain's best crime novelist' DAILY EXPRESS
'Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee Child
In the 1960s, the infamous Bible John terrorised Scotland when he murdered three women, taking three souvenirs. Thirty years later, a copycat is at work, dubbed Johnny Bible.
DI John Rebus's unconventional methods have got him in trouble before - now he's taken away from the inquiry and sent to investigate the killing of an off-duty oilman. But when his case clashes head-on with the Johnny Bible killings, he finds himself in the glare of a fearful media, whilst under the scrutiny of an internal enquiry. Just one mistake is likely to mean losing his job - and quite possibly his life.
'Unmissable Rankin, as gripping and involving as any Rebus story' CHOICE; 'A brilliant book' GUARDIAN
From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
'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' DAILY EXPRESS.
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'. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he's middle-aged, sour and unwell. He also has a father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship.
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. 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 murder intervenes.
The fourteenth Inspector Rebus novel - and No.1 bestseller.
Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. The mystery 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 and left behind a legacy of secrets and lies.
Rebus has more than his share of personal problems, too. He's fresh out of hospital, but 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 harassing Rebus's colleague Siobhan Clarke?
The fifth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
'Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee Child
When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspector John Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body, and a long forgotten night of terror and murder.
Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together the most complex and confusing of jigsaws.
But not everyone wants the puzzle solved - perhaps not even Rebus himself...
'THE KING OF CRIME FICTION' SUNDAY EXPRESS
Someone buried the truth. Now it's time to dig up the lies...
A GRIPPING REBUS THRILLER FROM THE ICONIC #1 BESTSELLER
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Private investigator Stuart Bloom was missing, presumed dead.
His body is discovered in an abandoned car - in an area that had already been searched...
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke combs through the mistakes of the original investigation. After a decade without answers, it's time for the truth.
But it seems everyone involved with the case is hiding something.
None more so than Siobhan's own mentor: former detective John Rebus. The only man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him.
EVERYONE HAS SECRETS
NOBODY IS INNOCENT
IN A HOUSE OF LIES
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THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
'Loved In A House Of Lies. Ian Rankin is a genius'
'Rankin's latest and greatest. It is stunning. I didn't sleep for three nights reading it.'
'Absolutely wonderful. Clever, gripping, a fabulous read.'
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse ... Beautifully told, superbly constructed and utterly engrossing.'
'Grips from the first sentence. No one in Britain writes better crime novels today.'
'Rankin has always been at the top of his game, and this latest is no exception.'
'A first-rate crime novel: tense, twisty and often very funny. A real joy.'
'Definitely not to be missed. No reader will go away disappointed.'
'Thrillingly told, with the best cast in contemporary crime, Rankin is one of the most significant social commentators of our time. Just read the book. It says it better than I can.'
'In a House of Lies is at least as good as any of the previous novels.'
'A page-turning pleasure.'
'Rankin's plotting is as sure-footed as ever.
Discover how it all began in the very first Rebus novel from 'Britain's No.1 crime writer' Daily Mirror
'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?'
'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.
And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.
Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a 'mistake' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn't, and a lunatic speaks from his asylum...
Initially Rebus is sympathetic to the MP's dilemma - who hasn't occasionally succumbed to temptation? - but with the disappearance of Jack's wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why...