Tartan Noir Novelist Ian Rankin's fave lit crime novels plus my recs

A Listmania! list by Thelma Adams
The list author says: "I love crime novels, attended Saint Andrews University and so my appreciate of Edinburgh's brilliant Tartan Noir novelist Ian Rankin is keen. Here, I include his top five lit crime novels from The Daily Beast, and add it the best place to start for those who've never read a Rankin, as well as his latest novel."
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Oxford World's Classics)
1.  The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Oxford World's Classics) by James Hogg
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Bleak House (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
2.  Bleak House (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Charles Dickens
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The Driver's Seat (New Directions Bibelot)
3.  The Driver's Seat (New Directions Bibelot) by Muriel Spark
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  "I adore Murial Spark - her Loitering With Intent was one of my inspirations to become a novelist."
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The Name of the Rose: including the Author's Postscript
4.  The Name of the Rose: including the Author's Postscript by Umberto Eco
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Live Flesh
5.  Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell
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  "This Rendell is harder to come by, but she's a brilliant, insightful and very dark literary genre writer."
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Knots and Crosses: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novels)
6.  Knots and Crosses: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novels) by Ian Rankin
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  "The very first inspector Rebus novel, when Rankin was still ambivalent about stepping out of the academy and into the genre "ghetto." He showed them! Future Rankin readers: start here!"
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The Complaints
7.  The Complaints by Ian Rankin
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  "With the final Rebus novel written, Rankin walks into the future. I'll be there with him."
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