I was recently contacted by Hachette books who asked if I’d be interested in giving away five of the John Rebus books by Ian Rankin.
What’s the Scam? Nothing. I am NOT getting paid to do this, nor is this a paid placement (But I DID get my own set of books), I just like you guys to share in the wealth. I THINK they are trying to promote the books in the New World, so this offer is just open to those living in Canada & America.
What’s the connection to The Scotch Blog? This month, they are publishing EXIT MUSIC, the last book in the Rebus series.
Rankin is a Scottish writer whose main character, Inspector John Rebus is one of the most well-known characters in the UK. He’s also a great drinker on top of being a solver of crimes. Every book has multiple scenes in his favorite bar: The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh. Brits are so mad about him that they have an Inspector Rebus walking tour in Edinburgh, there’s a TV show, etc. He’s a bit less well-known in the U.S. over here.
SO, in honor of Rebus’ exit and his love of the finer things in life, I wonder if you would be interested in hosting a giveaway of some of Rankin’s books on TheScotchBlog.com.
What’s the catch? Nothing. Send me your name and address. I’ll pick 5 of you randomly, pass your details onto the publisher, and the books will show up at your door. Each of the 5 winners will receive ALL of the books below.
PLEASE NOTE: I will not give any information about anyone but the winners to the publisher. The “lottery” goes until September 30th, at which point I’ll do the drawing.
About Ian Rankin & John Rebus
Ian Rankin has been writing about Detective John Rebus since 1985. Here’s your chance to win five Rebus novels, including the final installment in the Rebus series, EXIT MUSIC. For 20 facts about John Rebus, visit: http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/5E96883746864A399F40D454E9F129F3.htm
A QUESTION OF BLOOD
When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Army investigators show up to snoop around the scene of the crime, and links between the killer and a local group of “Goths” (a morbid clique of black-clad teens who listen to heavy metal music) begin to surface. But just as Rebus finds himself in the thick of the murder inquiry, he’s threatened with suspension from the police force: a man who had been menacing his partner and friend, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke, dies in the same house fire that has left Rebus with horrible, painful burns. Rebus is immediately suspected of foul play. Now Rebus is faced with two harrowing missions: He must get to the root of the boarding school killing even as he tries to clear his own name.
Inspector John Rebus has confronted Edinburgh’s most hardened criminals, its bloodiest crime scenes, and its most dangerous backstreets–but nothing could prepare him for what he finds on Fleshmarket Alley.
In the city’s red-light district, men go to live out their fantasies, and women with no other choice sell their bodies to make a buck. It’s a neighborhood of lost inhibitions, scruples, and dreams. In its seediest clubs, refugees seeking asylum in Scotland are subjected to the whims of the most ruthless characters in the crime world–men Rebus knows all too well.
With his singular knack for making crime captivating, Ian Rankin delivers his most explosive mystery to date, fulfilling the promise millions of readers in the United Kingdom and America have seen throughout his accomplished career.
Like Edinburgh inspector John Rebus, the resurrection men of the title
are treading on thin ice–they’ve all been sent to a short course at
the Scottish Police College because they’ve failed in some way,
generally “an issue with authority.” Rebus has been known to have
issues of that nature before, which only boosts his credibility with
the other cops in attendance, suspected by their bosses of being on the
wrong side of the fence, on the take, or even guilty of murder on
several previous occasions. The dour Inspector’s agenda aims to bring
the higher-ups proof of the so-called Wild Bunch’s nefarious
activities; in the process, his own conduct in the old case he and his
college classmates must rework and revisit comes under scrutiny. A
solid police procedural whose protagonist, the hero of 14 other titles
in this internationally acclaimed serie, continues to grow on readers who are just discovering him.
THE NAMING OF THE DEAD
The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty…except one. John Rebus’s reputation precedes him, and his bosses don’t want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he’s manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? And is it linked to a grisly find close to the site of the gathering? Are the world’s most powerful men at risk from a killer? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only seventy-two hours to find the answers.
It’s late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong.
Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus’s investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.
Has Rebus overstepped his bounds for the last time? Only a few days shy of the end to his long, controversial career, will Rebus even make it that far?