Inspector Rebus Books in Order, by Ian Rankin

Detective Inspector John Rebus is a complex and sometimes troubled police officer in the Scottish city of Edinburgh known for his unconventional methods and disregard for authority. The series delves into Rebus’s investigations into various criminal cases, ranging from murders to complex mysteries, and often explores the gritty and atmospheric streets of Edinburgh. As the story progresses, conflicts and police work take a toll on Rebus’s relationships. The Inspector Rebus book series is written by Ian Rankin.

Here is the Inspector Rebus Series in Order

There are a lot of Inspector Rebus short stories. In order to keep things clear, the first list is only the novels; the second includes short stories and novellas.

Knots and Crosses (1987)
Hide and Seek (1991)
Tooth and Nail (1992)
Strip Jack (1992)
The Black Book (1993)
Mortal Causes (1994)
Let It Bleed (1996)
Black & Blue (1997)
The Hanging Garden (1998)
Dead Souls (1999)
Set in Darkness (2000)
The Falls (2001)
Resurrection Men (2002)
A Question of Blood (2003)
Fleshmarket Close (2004)
The Naming of the Dead (2006)
Exit Music (2007)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave (2012)
Saints of the Shadow Bible (2013)
Even Dogs in the Wild (2015)
Rather Be the Devil (2016)
In a House of Lies (2018)
A Song for the Dark Times (2020)
A Heart Full of Headstones (2022)

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Here is a complete Inspector Rebus Reading Order:

Dead and Buried” (2013)*
Knots and Crosses (1987)
Hide and Seek (1991)
Playback” (1990)**
Tooth and Nail (1992)
The Dean Curse” (1992)**
Being Frank” (1992)**
Concrete Evidence” (1992)**
Seeing Things” (1992)**
A Good Hanging” (1992)**
Tit For Tat” (1992)**
Not Provan” (1992)**
Sunday” (1992)**
Auld Lang Syne” (1992)**
The Gentlemen’s Club” (1992)*
Monstrous Trumpet” (1992)*
Strip Jack (1992)
Talk Show” (1991)**
Trip Trap” (1992)*
The Black Book (1993)
Castle Dangerous” (1993)*
Mortal Causes (1994)
In The Frame” (1992)*
Facing The Music” (1994)*
Let It Bleed (1996)
Black & Blue (1997)
The Hanging Garden (1998)
Window of Opportunity” (1995)*
Death Is Not the End” (1998)*
Dead Souls (1999)
No Sanity Clause” (2000)*
Set in Darkness (2000)
Tell Me Who to Kill” (2000)*
The Falls (2001)
Resurrection Men (2002)
A Question of Blood (2003)
Saint Nicked” (2002)*
Fleshmarket Close (2004)
Atonement” (2005)*
Not Just Another Saturday” (2005)*
Penalty Clause” (2010)*
The Passenger” (2014)*
A Three-Pint Problem” (2014)*
The Very Last Drop” (2014)*
The Naming of the Dead (2006)
Exit Music (2007)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave (2012)
Saints of the Shadow Bible (2013)
In the Nick of Time” (2014)
Even Dogs in the Wild (2015)
Rather Be the Devil (2016)
In a House of Lies (2018)
A Song for the Dark Times (2020)
A Heart Full of Headstones (2022)

*Short stories published in one volume titled The Beat Goes On (2014).
**Short stories published in one volume titled A Good Hanging and Other Stories (1992).