One of the must-read books of the year - from the iconic Number One bestseller, the one and only Ian Rankin.
'Genius ... Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.'
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When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.
Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.
He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?
As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find...
PRAISE FOR A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES:
'Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure.'
'This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations.'
'An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction.'
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PRAISE FOR THE ICONIC NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER:
'Ian Rankin is a genius'
'A master storyteller'
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse'
'Great fiction, full stop'
'One of Britain's leading novelists in any genre'
'Rankin is a phenomenon'
'Worthy of Agatha Christie at her best'
'The king of crime fiction'
Britain's No. 1 crime writer - Mirror
Quite apart from their excellence as detective novels, every one of them adds something interesting to our understanding of the social landscape of Edinburgh, which Rankin portrays with such subtlety and sensitivity - The Times
Whatever he writes, it will be worth reading... Rankin has redefined the genre and changed publishing expectations of detective fiction - Guardian
Pacy, engaging, smart, ingenious, excellently riddled and raddled - what's not to like about Rebus? - Scotland on Sunday
One of British crime writing's greatest characters, alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse...Beautifully told, superbly constructed and utterly engrossing - Daily Mail
Loved In a House of Lies. Ian Rankin is a genius - Lee Child
Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen.
Rankin is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards, including the Diamond Dagger, the UK's most prestigious award for crime fiction. In the United States, he has won the celebrated Edgar Award and been shortlisted for the Anthony Award. In Europe, he has won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the German Deutscher Krimipreis.
He is the recipient of honorary degrees from universities across the UK, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature, and has received an OBE for his services to literature.