Rather be the Devil

Ian Rankin (http://www.ianrankin.net/) scarcely needs introduction. The prolific Scottish crime writer has shared the cases of Inspector John Rebus with us for years now. The City of Edinburgh is the almost invariable setting for the dark crimes which he investigates.

In this latest tale, Rebus investigates a cold case that has turned hot again. Incapable of settling into retirement as he is of playing by the rules, he returns to a case from the 1970s. This involved a gorgeous and wealthy female socialite found dead in a bedroom at one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels. No one was ever found guilty, but the scandalous circumstances of the murder have kept the town talking for over forty years. Now, Rebus has his own reasons to investigate, but his inquiries quickly make him some very dangerous and powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the case remains unsolved and the gossip falls on deaf ears.

Enquire at your local library, or consult https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rather-Be-Devil-Inspector-Rebus/dp/140915940X  for further bibliographic detail.


320 pages in Orion

First published 2016

ISBN 978-1409159407


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