Ian Rankin is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into more than 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
The Rebus books – beginning with Knots and Crosses and concluding initially with Exit Music – are enormously popular and have been praised for the strength of characterisation and the gritty realisation of Edinburgh. Rebus himself has been praised by the Independent as ‘the most compelling mind in modern crime fiction’ and by the Observer as ‘a masterful creation’.
In June 2012, Rankin announced that Rebus would return from retirement in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Rebus will also appear in Rankin’s upcoming novel, Even Dogs In The Wild, where he will aid Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke.
Rankin joined the Society of Authors council in 2015 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of four CWA Dagger Awards and, in 2004, won America’s celebrated Edgar Award.
He 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.