Independent bookstores giving away exclusive map of Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh with purchases of new Rebus novel

Ian Rankin's new novel A Song For The Dark Time is released today – and independent bookstores across Edinburgh are giving away an exclusive gift with every purchase.

By Gary Flockhart
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 9:28 pm

While stocks last, fans of the Fife-born, Edinburgh-raised writer can get their hands on an exclusive double-sided map of Rankin's Edinburgh and the (fictional) village of Naver.

In A Song For The Dark Times, Rankin takes retired police inspector John Rebus from Edinburgh to a remote part of northern Scotland, where his daughter Samantha’s partner, Keith Grant, the father of his school-age granddaughter, has vanished.

Meanwhile, back in Auld Reekie, former colleague Siobhan Clarke investigates the murder of Salman bin Mahmoud, a wealthy 23-year-old Saudi.

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Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin outside his favourite Edinburgh boozer, The Oxford Bar.

As the two plots converge, the various credible, complex backstories coalesce into a highly satisfying and unified whole.

Speaking to Steve Wright in the Afternoon, 60-year-old Rankin said: “I knew I wanted to get Rebus out of Edinburgh. Take him out of his comfort zone, take me out of my comfort zone.”

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Ian Rankin fans can get their hands on an exclusive double-sided map when they buy his latest novel from an independent booksellers.

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