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Rather Be the Devil : John Rebus : Book 21 - Ian Rankin

Rather Be the Devil

John Rebus : Book 21


Published: 3rd November 2016
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Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?

In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.


I will read again.


Read at night before bed.

Caroline Springs


Another corker from Ian Rankin


I am a great fan of Ian Rankin's Rebus series. I especially enjoyed the previous novel Even Dogs in the Wild (I think) and found this a little less satisfying. It is still a great read. Always good to catch up with Edinburgh, since I am familiar with the city and Rankin evokes it so well. One wonders how long the police force will put up with Rebus as a pensioned-off cop, especially as his health seems to be failing, but I will always be a fan.



Rather Be the Devil

3.5 2


Packed with incident and intrigue, and Rankin's thriller plotting is sublime as ever ... Rebus remains a remarkably lived-in and mesmerising figurehead of the genre - INDEPENDENT on EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD

Along come reminders of why Rankin, and Rebus, take their place at the head of the pack ... you fall in love with the series all over again - THE TIMES on EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD

Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for '
Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh.

A contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review', he also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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ISBN: 9781409159414
ISBN-10: 1409159418
Series: John Rebus
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 3rd November 2016
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1