THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER FROM THE ICONIC IAN RANKIN
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - CRIME & THRILLER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
'GENIUS' LEE CHILD
'STUNNING' JILLY COOPER
'GRIPPING' KATE MOSSE
'A MUST-READ' TANA FRENCH
'UTTERLY ENGROSSING' DAILY MAIL
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Private investigator Stuart Bloom was missing, presumed dead.
His body is discovered in an abandoned car - in an area that had already been searched...
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke combs through the mistakes of the original investigation. After a decade without answers, it's time for the truth.
But it seems everyone involved with the case is hiding something.
None more so than Siobhan's own mentor: former detective John Rebus. The only man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him.
EVERYONE HAS SECRETS
NOBODY IS INNOCENT
IN A HOUSE OF LIES
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'Loved In A House Of Lies. Ian Rankin is a genius'
'Rankin's latest and greatest. It is stunning. I didn't sleep for three nights reading it.'
'Absolutely wonderful. Clever, gripping, a fabulous read.'
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse ... Beautifully told, superbly constructed and utterly engrossing.'
'Grips from the first sentence. No one in Britain writes better crime novels today.'
'Rankin has always been at the top of his game, and this latest is no exception.'
'A first-rate crime novel: tense, twisty and often very funny. A real joy.'
'Definitely not to be missed. No reader will go away disappointed.'
'Thrillingly told, with the best cast in contemporary crime, Rankin is one of the most significant social commentators of our time. Just read the book. It says it better than I can.'
'In a House of Lies is at least as good as any of the previous novels.'
'A page-turning pleasure.'
'Rankin's plotting is as sure-footed as ever.'
FT, Books of the Year
'Intriguing and clever'
'Complex, twisty, funny, intelligent. And lots of heart. Superb.'
'The king of crime fiction.'
'One of the great Rebus novels - as gripping as it is intoxicating.'
The discovery of the body of Stuart Bloom, who went missing in 2008, in his car trunk in an isolated wooded area drives Edgar finalist Rankin's intricate 24th Rebus novel (after 2017's Rather Be the Devil). Bloom's ankles being secured with police handcuffs raises questions about the original, possibly corrupt police investigation into the man's disappearance. Semiretired copper John Rebus isn't afraid to step on official toes as he assists Det. Insp. Siobhan Clarke, Det. Insp. Malcolm Fox, and the other members of Police Scotland's Major Crime Division in their efforts to find Bloom's killer. Their attention focuses on low-budget film producer Jackie Ness, who shot a movie called Zombies v Bravehearts in 2008 on the land where the car was found and in which Bloom served as an extra. Meanwhile, Rebus reopens the case of 17-year-old Ellis Meilke, who was sent to prison for the stabbing murder of his girlfriend. In both cases, the path to justice involves making some hard ethical choices. Rankin remains a master of the contemporary police procedural. Author tour.