Ian Rankin reveals details of new Inspector Rebus novel

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin has revealed the title of his next Inspector Rebus novel.

In a short video posted on his Twitter account, Rankin said: “The title of my new book is going to be Rather Be The Devil. It’s a song by John Martyn. I’m a big fan of John Martyn, so is Rebus, and this is a Rebus novel.

“Siobhan [Clarke] is there, Malcolm Fox is there, [Big Ger] Cafferty is there… the whole gang is back in town.

“The whole gang

is back in town”

“It’s going to be published later this year. I’ve not quite finished it yet. I hope you enjoy it. I’m enjoying writing it… so far.”

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, 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.

These days he’s the most widely-read crime novelist in the UK, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million for his Inspector Rebus novels, and more awards than any mantelpiece can hold.

A few months back, Rankin took part in AAA’s exclusive My Edinburgh series, in which he told us some of the things he loves most about his adopted hometown.

Read Ian Rankin’s AAA Edinburgh here

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