Rebus’ toughest case – taking on Police Scotland | Kevin McKenna

With Police Scotland’s structural changes, Ian Rankin is offered a steer on a new story for his detective inspector My favourite fictional detective, Inspector John Rebus, is the policeman many Scots would have liked to have been. Rebus is the glorious creation of Ian Rankin brought memorably to life by Ken Stott in a series of television adaptations. As I slowly got to know this irascible Edinburgh copper with the big heart I, like many other Rebus aficionados, began to imagine what he might look like. Most of us who love these books fancy we knew the character of Rebus. In the course of several adventures, Rankin gently pencilled in some fleeting details of Rebus’s life prior to his immortalisation in print. This was a sharp and clever man who yet seemed to be permanently two goals down at half-time. He carried with him a degree of emotional scar tissue, the source of which might only be guessed at. Because of this, perhaps, Rebus developed a lifelong aversion to sharing his feelings or displaying his emotions. Continue reading...