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The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories Hardcover – August 11, 2015

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Editorial Reviews



"Rankin's canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he's in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes."―
Kirkus Reviews

"All of the stories are tightly wrought and entertaining. He moves ahead at great speed to deliver work that is potently inspiring, bringing readers a gem in each one...Rankin fans should add this tome to their other books in the series immediately." ―
Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum, BookReporter

"It's a very welcome return for Rebus that should tide fans over--until his next full novel comes out." ―
Laura DeMarco, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

" of the great literary crime solvers of our time...Rebus is a Van Morrison kind of detective...Put THE BEAT GOES ON in your guest room for the pleasure of a traveler, weary or insomniac, who needs a stout companion for an evening's adventure." ―
Jim Higgins, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"...sharply crafted...the book has a pleasing, offbeat rhythm of its own." ―
Lloyd Sachs, The Chicago Tribune

"sharply observed, economically written stories...for Rankin fans used to a regular diet of Rebus, this collection makes up for the year off the author took after the 2013 novel
Saints of the Shadow Bible. For the uninitiated with short attention spans interested in sampling one of the finest crime fiction practitioners going, it's an excellent place to start."―Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer


"Rankin bangs out a rich, rowdy prose...Rebus has become one of the great modern cops, a kind of Scottish cousin to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch."―
Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

"John Rebus remains one of crime fiction's crankiest, most interestingly complex figures....We can rejoice in Rebus's return--the mean streets of Edinburgh are better for it."―
Adam Woog, Seattle Times

"Absorbing....Rankin is a master of the mystery universe."―
Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Rebus remains as fascinatingly complex and gruffly engaging as ever. Retirement will not suit him, or Rankin's readers."―
Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Longtime fans of the series will savor every nuance in the subtle interplay between characters here, but Rankin doesn't forget the thriller plot, either, corkscrewing the narrative into a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Hats off to a writer who can keep a long-running series fresh by upsetting our expectations and rummaging ever deeper into the rag-and-bone shop of his characters' hearts."―

"[There is] real joy in watching Fox and Rebus dance around each other, acknowledging a burgeoning respectful rapport in spite of themselves, while the ace Siobhan Clarke - more please, Mr. Rankin! - shoulders new responsibilities."―
Boston Globe

"Ian Rankin is
such a practiced and successful writer...If anything, he is at the top of his game, and Saints of the Shadow Bible is one of the best novels he has produced."―BookReporter

"Rankin shows no signs of losing steam with John Rebus...his interaction with Malcolm Fox works to build empathy for both characters, as fans discover a side of Fox not seen before...Rankin's gift with dialogue, his wit and raw examination of human nature continue to intensify, resulting in a resonant reading experience for both seasoned series devotees and new Rebus recruits."―
Shelf Awareness

"This might be the best detective novel of the year."―
Dayton Daily News

About the Author

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company; First Edition (August 11, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 031629683X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316296830
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.38 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Ian James Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE (born 28 April 1960) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.

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