Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin

This is a complete list of Ian Rankin books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category. Ian Rankin also writes as: Jack Harvey.

Also writes as: Jack Harvey.

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List of Inspector Rebus Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.2
Knots and Crosses
1987
2
7.3
Hide and Seek
1991
3
7.4
Tooth and Nail / Wolfman
1992
4
7.6
Strip Jack
1992
5
8.7
The Black Book
1993
6
8.7
Mortal Causes
1994
7
8
Let It Bleed
1995
8
9.5
Black and Blue
1997
9
8
The Hanging Garden
1998
10
7.7
Dead Souls
1999
11
8.5
Set in Darkness
2000
12
7.8
The Falls
2001
13
6.7
Resurrection Men
2002
14
7.5
A Question of Blood
2003
15
8
Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close
2004
16
7.3
The Naming of the Dead
2006
17
8.2
Exit Music
2007
18
7.4
Standing in Another Man's Grave
2012
19
8.5
Saints of the Shadow Bible
2013
20
8.3
Even Dogs in the Wild
2015
21
8.3
Rather Be the Devil
2016
22
8.5
In a House of Lies
2018
23
9.1
A Song for the Dark Times
2020
24
9.5
A Heart Full of Headstones
2022

List of Inspector Rebus Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Jack Harvey Books in Publication Order

List of Malcolm Fox Books in Publication Order

List of Jack Laidlaw Books in Publication Order (with William McIlvanney)

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Plays in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Bibliomysteries Books in Publication Order

A collection of short stories and novellas centered around the theme of books. Each story combines elements of mystery, crime, and suspense with a focus on books, libraries, bookstores, or the world of literature, involving various authors contributing to this intriguing and literary-focused series.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
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
10
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
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2014
17
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)
2014
18
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane)
2014
19
10
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)
2014
20
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)
2015
21
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)
2015
22
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)
2015
23
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)
2015
24
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)
2015
25
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)
2015
26
8
The Travelling Companion
2016
27
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)
2016
28
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)
2016
29
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)
2016
30
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)
2016
31
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)
2017
32
The Pretty Little Box ( By: Charles Todd)
2018
33
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)
2018
34
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Butler)
2018
35
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)
2018
36
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)
2018
37
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)
2020
38
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)
2022
39
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)
2022
40
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)
2022
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List of Bibliomysteries Series in Chronological Order

#ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)
2012
2
10
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
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2014
10
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)
2013
11
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)
2013
12
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)
2013
13
What's in a Name? ( By: Thomas H. Cook)
2014
14
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane)
2014
15
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)
2014
16
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)
2014
17
10
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2014
18
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)
2014
19
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)
2014
20
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)
2015
21
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)
2015
23
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)
2015
24
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)
2016
25
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)
2015
26
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)
2015
27
8
The Travelling Companion
2016
28
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)
2016
29
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)
2016
30
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)
2016
31
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)
2017
32
The Pretty Little Box ( By: Charles Todd)
2018
33
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)
2018
34
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Butler)
2018
35
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)
2018
36
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)
2012
37
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)
2015
38
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)
2020
39
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)
2022
40
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)
2022
41
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)
2022
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List of Murderous Christmas Stories Books in Publication Order

List of Mysterious Profiles Books in Publication Order

The Mysterious Profiles series offers brief biographies of iconic mystery writers, providing insights into their lives, works, and the creation of their most famous characters.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.5
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais)
2022
2
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen)
2022
3
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child)
2022
4
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly)
2022
5
9
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
6
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver)
2022
7
10
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman)
2022
8
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman)
2022
9
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey)
2022
10
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman)
2022
11
10
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter)
2022
12
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart)
2022
13
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter)
2022
14
10
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston)
2022
15
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson)
2022
16
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker)
2022
17
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry)
2022
18
John Rebus
2022
19
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell)
2022
20
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry)
2022
21
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile ( By: Charles Todd)
2022
22
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2022
23
10
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith)
2022
24
8.1
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear)
2022
25
8.3
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
26
Ben Kincaid ( By: William Bernhardt)
2023
27
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2023
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List of Ian Rankin Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories
2000
2
Master's Choice: Mystery Stories by Today's Top Writers and the Masters Who Inspired Them
2000
3
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1
2000
4
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2
2000
5
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction
2004
6
One City
2005
7
Dangerous Women
2005
8
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories
2007
9
Ox-Tales: Earth
2009
10
Crimespotting
2009
11
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8
2011
12
The Best of Barcelona INK
2012
13
The Killer Cookbook
2012
14
OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters
2014
15
7.4
FaceOff
2014
16
Jawbreakers
2014
17
Ten Year Stretch
2018
18
First Edition: Celebrating 21 Years of Goldsboro Books
2020
19
Daggers Drawn
2021
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Ian Rankin: Biography

Ian Rankin was born on April 28th, 1960 and is currently 63 years old. Ian Rankin was born in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland. Rankin attended University of Edinburgh where he received a Bachelor of Arts.

Ian Rankin is the author of the Inspector Rebus series which currently consists of 24 novels. The Inspector Rebus series started in 1987 with the novel Knots and Crosses. The most recently released novel in the Inspector Rebus series was A Heart Full of Headstones which was released in 2022. There are no upcoming novels for the Inspector Rebus series.

Ian Rankin made it on Japan's Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! annual guide book list a couple of times. In 1999, Black and Blue was ranked 6th on the list. In 2000, Let it Bleed was tied for 9th place.

Ian won a Sherlock award for Best Detective Created by an author from the UK in 2001.

Ian was shortlisted for the 2015 Dead Reader Award in The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective category for his character John Rebus.

Ian Rankin: Awards & Accolades

Ian Rankin has won multiple awards including: The Crime Thriller Awards, International Crime Writing Hall of Fame Award, in 2009, British Book Awards, Outstanding Achievement, in 2012, Nielsen Awards, Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award, in 2020 and the Theakston's Old Peculier, Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction, in 2021.

Rankin's books have also won multiple awards, Black and Blue won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 1997. Resurrection Men won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2004. Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close won the British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, in 2005. The Naming of the Dead won the British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, in 2007. Exit Music won the Crime Thriller Awards, Author of the Year, in 2008. The Dark Remains won the British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, in 2022.

The following novels by Ian Rankin were also nominated for these awards:

  • A Deep Hole: Anthony Award, Best Short Story (1995).
  • Black and Blue: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1998).
  • The Hanging Garden: Barry Award, Best Novel (1999).
  • Dead Souls: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1999).
  • The Falls: Barry Award, Best British Crime Novel (2002).
  • A Question of Blood: Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Best Mystery/Thriller (2004). Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2005). Gumshoe Award, Best European Crime Novel (2005).
  • Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2006).
  • Exit Music: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2008). Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2009).
  • Doors Open: Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2010).
  • The Impossible Dead: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2011).
  • Standing in Another Man's Grave: Barry Award, Best Novel (2014). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2014). Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2014).
  • FaceOff: Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection (2015).
  • Rather Be the Devil: The Dead Good Reader Award, The Case Closed Award for Best Police Procedural (2017).
  • In a House of Lies: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2019).
  • A Song for the Dark Times: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2021).
  • A Heart Full of Headstones: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2023).
  • The Rise: Edgar Award, Best Short Story (2024).

Ian Rankin: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Ian Rankin on Book Notification is A Heart Full of Headstones, the 24th novel in the Inspector Rebus series.

The most read book by Ian Rankin on Book Notification is Knots and Crosses, the 1st novel in the Inspector Rebus series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Ian Rankin are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  4. Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

Ian Rankin: F.A.Q

When was Ian Rankin Born? How old is Ian Rankin?

Ian Rankin was born on April 28th, 1960. Ian Rankin is currently 63 years old.

Where was Ian Rankin Born?

Ian Rankin was born in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland and is Scottish.

What awards has Ian Rankin won?

Ian Rankin has won the following awards: International Crime Writing Hall of Fame Award at the Crime Thriller Awards (2009), Outstanding Achievement at the British Book Awards (2012), Honorary Platinum Bestseller Award at the Nielsen Awards (2020) and the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at the Theakston's Old Peculier (2021).

What book awards has Ian Rankin won?

Black and Blue: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (1997).
Resurrection Men: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (2004).
Fleshmarket Alley / Fleshmarket Close: British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2005).
The Naming of the Dead: British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2007).
Exit Music: Crime Thriller Awards Author of the Year (2008).
The Dark Remains: British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2022).

What was the first book Ian Rankin wrote?

The first novel written by Ian Rankin was The Flood, published in 1986.

What was the most recent book Ian Rankin wrote?

His most recently released work was The Rise on November 1st, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Ian Rankin?

Ian Rankin does not have any upcoming novels with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has Ian Rankin written?

Ian Rankin has written 51 books across 17 series.
  • 24 books in the Inspector Rebus Series
  • 6 Inspector Rebus Short Stories/Novellas
  • 3 books in the Jack Harvey Series
  • 2 books in the Malcolm Fox Series
  • 1 book in the Jack Laidlaw Series
  • 4 Standalone Novels
  • 4 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 1 Play
  • 1 Short Story Collections
  • 1 Non-Fiction Books
  • 1 book in the Bibliomysteries Series
  • 2 books in the Murderous Christmas Stories Series
  • 1 book in the Mysterious Profiles Series

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    Dave W.
    Dave W.
    2 years ago

    Absolutely love Ian Rankin. The Inspector Rebus series is phenomenal. I hope a new one comes out soon!

    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    I recently discovered Rankin’s Rebus novels, and it’s always a treat to find a new author to binge read. You get pulled in quickly and your attention never strays. The descriptions are vivid and pop right off the page, allowing you to see everything, but what’s not possible is to see Ian’s twists coming.

    It’s great to see this character continue to come out of retirement, and Ken Story does a great job playing Rebus, as does Claire Price who plays Siobhan. John Rebus is a character you invest in and root for to catch the killer and solve the case.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    People love Rankin’s Rebus books, and for a good reason. The setting is incredibly dark and seedy. Rankin’s ability to juggle multiple plots and characters is unrivaled. The character development is impressive. Rebus is the star. But he is hardly the only interesting player in Rankin’s stories.

    The author deserves all the praise he gets. But people rarely mention the size of his books. This is the one area they tend to neglect. Rankin’s novels are small, and yet they pack a punch.

    He does more in 350 pages than some authors do in a thousand pages. It highlights his genius as a storyteller.

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