Rebus: A Sherlock For New Generation Narcotics busts and daring rescues are just ordinary parts of John Rebus' work. Critic John Powers talks about the fictional British detective, protagonist of Ian Rankin's novels and an eponymous TV show.
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Rebus: A Sherlock For New Generation

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Rebus: A Sherlock For New Generation

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Ken Stott starred in the British television series Rebus, which was recently canceled.

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First there was Sherlock Holmes. Then, there was Inspector Morse. Now, there's Detective Rebus. The fictional sleuth has attracted a slew of devotees in England.

Detective Inspector John Rebus is the brainchild of Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin. The Inspector Rebus series includes seventeen books, most recently the 2007 Exit Music. Ten of the novels were adapted for a television series of the same name.