Rebus: The Black Book

Detective Inspector John Rebus, investigates an unsolved murder.

DS Brian Holmes is left in a coma after being severely beaten, Rebus discovers his colleague’s black notebook contains coded clues on a case involving arson and murder. Five years before, a mysterious fire burned down Edinburgh’s seedy Central Hotel. All the staff and customers were accounted for but an unidentified body was found in the rubble. The post mortem revealed the victim had died from a bullet through the heart before the fire broke out.

The attack on his brother can only mean that Rebus is close to deciphering the secrets of the black book – but can he track down those responsible for the Central Hotel murder before they decide that it will take more than a warning to stop his investigation?

Dramatised as classic serial on BBC Radio 4.

Whilst I am quite happy for Ian Rankin to be dramatised by Radio 4, I do not think the Classic Serial is the appropriate slot.

BBC Scotland, recorded live in Glasgow.

BBC once again demonstrates crass stupidity, only on-line for seven days. Pt 1 only a few minutes left to listen.

Ian Rankin (1960- ) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. The Black Book was the fifth in the Inspector Rebus series. Not to be confused by the novel of the same name by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk.

As a bonus for the Guildford Book Festival, Ian Rankin will be at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford on 11 December 2012 to talk about his latest book and for book signing.

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