Rather Be the Devil
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Rather Be the Devil


Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?

In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.

Title:Rather Be the Devil
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:317 pages

    Rather Be the Devil Reviews

  • Paromjit
    Oct 03, 2016

    John Rebus is a favourite of mine, and when this book became available, I snapped it up. There is a strong element of comfort for me now that we are on his 21st outing. This is one hell of a thrill ri...

  • Andrew Smith
    Jan 03, 2017

    The title of this book is taken from a song written and performed by British singer John Martyn. Rankin is big on music and he populates his books with references to songs and song lyrics, perhaps to ...

  • Maureen
    Oct 30, 2016

    I doubt whether Ian Rankin would like me comparing his new novel to a comfy pair of old slippers but sorry! That's exactly what I have to do. You put those slippers on, get comfy in your favourite arm...

  • Susan Johnson
    Jan 07, 2017

    There can't be a better setting for an intelligent mystery than Edinburgh and when you toss in John Rebus, you've got a book you simply can't put down. It doesn't matter that Rebus is retired because...

  • Stefani Sloma
    Mar 20, 2016

    I will never NOT read an Ian Rankin book....

  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 09, 2016

    I was a late arrival to the novels of Ian Rankin, it is probably only the last few years I've been reading them avidly, despite the longevity of the series, but hey I'm all caught up now and being lat...

  • Jason
    Sep 15, 2016

    I cannot wait to read this!!! I always get the new rebus for a Christmas present!! when I read rebus I get the same feeling I get when I go out for a pint with a old friend...

  • Martina
    Mar 24, 2016

    Coming in September 2016! I cannot WAIT!!!!...

  • Trev Twinem
    Oct 22, 2016

    There's life in the old Rebus yet! For an avid crime reader one of the greatest fictional characters to have emerged in almost 30 years is undoubtedly John Rebus. In so many ways he is the archetypal ...

  • Sandy
    Nov 05, 2016

    I've been reading this series since 1987 (I know what you're thinking....odd choice for a 5 year old ; -) & can't imagine not getting my annual shot of Rebus. The characters have become living, breath...