A CRIME TOO CLOSE TO HOME . . .A superb, highly suspenseful crime thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author.
At a private school, two teenagers are killed by an ex-Army loner who then turned the gun on himself. Finding the truth will take Detective Inspector John Rebus into the heart of a shattered community.
Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. It seems the man had friends in high places and enemies to spare.
And Rebus has secrets of his own. He's fresh out of hospital, with newly bandaged hands, and won't say what happened. But after the death of a criminal he visited, who had been stalking DS Siobhan Clarke, Rebus is the prime suspect...
A QUESTION OF BLOOD is just about as good as Rankin gets. As a crime novel it stands favourable comparison with almost anything else currently being written in - or out of - the genre - THE HERALD
A QUESTION OF BLOOD is skilfully composed and powerfully written, with a vein of compassion that Rankin taps to startling and justified effect - LITERARY REVIEW
A rich, absorbing narrative ... Artful, moving and entertaining - OBSERVER
Bears all the qualities that have established Rankin as one of Britain's leading novelists in any genre - NEW STATESMAN
[Rankin's] consistent level of excellence is unmatched in the field of British crime writing - THE TIMES
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a No.1 bestseller in the UK and has 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. www.ianrankin.net Twitter @Beathhigh