Thursday 10 November, 6.30pm
The Pantry Restaurant, floor 3


 As the UK’s number one bestselling crime writer, Ian Rankin needs no further introduction. We're delighted that Ian will be joining us on the launch of Rather Be the Devil, the 21st book in the Inspector John Rebus series. Be amongst the first to hear Ian speak about the book, take the chance to quiz him about it and get your copy of the book signed by the author. 



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.


Ian Rankin is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer.  He lives in Edinburgh, and writes about the city in his award-winning 'Inspector Rebus' and ‘Malcolm Fox’ novels. 

The first Rebus novel Knots and Crosses, was published in March 1987. The intervening years have seen a further nineteen Rebus novels, and their creator make a meteoric rise to international bestseller. After retiring him in Exit Music, 2012 saw the return of Rebus in the number one bestseller Standing in Another Man’s Grave.

The books have twice been dramatised for TV (starring John Hannah and Ken Stott respectively), and are translated into 36 languages.  Rankin and Rebus are one of the subjects of the RADIO 4’s series Foreign Bodies: A History of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives. His stand-alone novel Doors Open was made into ITV film, directed by and starring Stephen Fry, broadcast over Christmas 2012. Ian Rankin appears regularly on radio and television, and over the course of 2012, Imagine, the BBC flagship arts documentary series, followed Ian as he worked on his novel STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE. The documentary was broadcast to record audiences in November that year.