Date for Ian Rankin's first Rebus novel in five years announced

Writer Ian Rankin's first Rebus novel in five years will be published in November.

On Wednesday, the author tweeted to announce the date of the new novel, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, would be on November 8. He included a picture of a proof copy of the book.

The first Rebus novel, Knots and Crosses was published in 1987 and over the next 20 years 18 books featuring the Lothian and Borders Police Detective were published.

When the fictional policeman turned 60 in 2007, he retired in Exit Music, which was thought to have been the last Rebus novel.

But in June, Rankin announced he would be bringing the detective back. The author has said in interview he knew exactly where his famous character was, working in the cold case unit at Fettes.

The new novel brings Rebus together with Rankin’s latest character Malcolm Fox from the internal affairs unit.

The other popular characters from Rebus novels, Siobhan Clarke and gang boss Big Ger Cafferty, will also feature.

The Rebus series accounts for 10% of sales of crime novels in the UK and each book sold an average of half a million copies within the first three months of publication.

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