Books The Best Ian Rankin Books  

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List of the best Ian Rankin books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Ian Rankin is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. He is known for his crime novels, especially those featuring Inspector Rebus. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Ian Rankin who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

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A Question of Blood: An Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books

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Fleshmarket Close is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Black & Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Exit Music is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Tooth and Nail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Resurrection Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Knots and Crosses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Falls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Hanging Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Strip Jack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Let It Bleed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Naming of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books

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Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Black Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Beggars Banquet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Complaints is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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A Cool Head is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Blood Hunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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The Flood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Set in Darkness: An Inspector ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books

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A Good Hanging is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Westwind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Watchman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Bleeding Hearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Witch Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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Mortal Causes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ian Rankin Books
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