Author(s): Ian Rankin
"In Rankin, you cannot go wrong." --The Boston Globe
"A superior series." --The New York Times Book Review
"Reading Ian Rankin] is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh's seedy Central Hotel to ashes. Long-forgotten and unsolved, the case reappears when a charred body--with a bullet in its head--is found among the ruins. Inspector John Rebus knows that his superiors would prefer he leave things alone. He knows that part of the answer lies somewhere in a cryptic black notebook. And he knows that to solve the case, he'll have to peel back layer after layer of unspeakable secrets to arrive at the truth.
Reissued in the stunning new livery alongside EXIT MUSIC - new in paperback. New for this edition - specially commissioned Reading Group Notes. Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller and Guardian fastseller. The Rebus TV adaptation attracted 9 million viewers. He has an incredibly high profile - he has had his own TV series, received an OBE and is a regular on TV and radio. He has won numerous awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and the Edgar Award. Ian Rankin makes up more than 10% of all UK crime sales. He also constantly gets excellent reviews: 'He is an addictive writer ... a remarkable talent' Spectator 'There are few writers who can match him for imaginative, multi-layered plots ... thrilling' New Statesman 'A very impressive piece of work ... This is totally involving stuff' Daily Express 'This is a typically deep and intricate story from arguably Scotland's finest living writer' The Times 'The quality of the writing and the scalpel-sharp characterisation ... make this a class act' Daily Telegraph 'As always, Rankin proves himself the master of his own milieu ... There cannot be a better crime novelist writing' Daily Mail
Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger. He lives with his family in Edinburgh, and in 2003 received an OBE for his services to literature.