What Is the "Inspector Rebus" Series About?


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Ian Rankin?s ?Inspector Rebus? books are a crime fiction series that focuses on eponymous protagonist John Rebus, a detective inspector based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The books are extremely popular, having been adapted into the popular TV series ?Rebus,? and Rankin is one of the United Kingdom?s best-selling crime authors.

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The books are written in the style of police procedural fiction, depicting the steps that Rebus and other police take to solve different crimes in each novel. Rebus? cynical attitude, chaotic personal life and addiction issues also lend the stories a hard-boiled element. The books? plots generally center on murder or disappearance cases, with Rebus as the center of the investigations. In the course of solving crimes, he must frequently navigate Edinburgh?s criminal underworld as well internal police politics.

The series has won praise for Rankin?s panoramic perspective, encompassing a wide variety of locations in and around Edinburgh and focusing on multiple interlinked characters. In his capacity to depict a range of characters from different social classes, Rankin has won favorable comparisons to Charles Dickens. The books are also noted for their intricate plotting, with multiple threads often intertwining and converging through the course of each novel. Rankin also interlinks different plots and characters throughout the different books in the series, though not to point of confusion for new readers.

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