May 2024
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Rebus: Consultant Detective in ‘Even Dogs In The Wild’ by Ian Rankin


Its no secret about how we all, here at, feel about Ian Rankin’s books featuring John Rebus adventures on the crime scenes of Edinburgh, but for those who may not know it…we LOVE Rebus!

To discover his complex character is simply fascinating and now, with his announced retirement and transitionning into a consultant detective makes it even more challenging. 🙂

Can’t wait to get our hands on the book! In this video, the author, Ian Rankin explains how he came about to bring back John Rebus into a new adventure.




MAVERICK detective John Rebus is set for his 20th outing later this year as author Ian Rankin announced a return from a year-long break.

The best-selling crime writer took a sabbatical to relax and travel in 2014 but has revealed plans for the latest instalment of his hit character, in a novel called Even Dogs In The Wild.

Publishers Orion announced the book will be released in autumn this year and will bring together the author’s biggest characters, including Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke and local gangster Ger Cafferty.



Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. The case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack.

When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. Together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty’s skin.

But a notorious family tailed by a team of undercover detectives has also arrived in Edinburgh. There’s something they want, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it. As the cases collide, it’s a game of dog eat dog–in the city as in the wild.


Ken Stott as DI John Rebus in ‘Rebus.’ Photo credit: Huffington Post UK.

Edinburgh native Rebus, who began life in 1987 and has been adapted for the small screen, is recently retired but gets the call from his old colleague after the death of a senior lawyer in a robbery, the publisher revealed.

Even Dogs in the Wildbrings back Ian Rankin’s greatest characters in a novel that explores the darkest corners of our instincts and desires.

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