Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

A Heart Full of Headstones

With Ian Rankin
Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal

A Heart Full of Headstones

With Ian Rankin
Hosted by CBC's Alan Neal
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Ian Rankin - Photo by Hamish Brown

The iconic Ian Rankin returns with a new Detective John Rebus novel - this year's essential must-read bestseller.


We’re thrilled to welcome Ian Rankin back to the Festival for a conversation with CBC's Alan Neal! 


John Rebus stands accused: on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. Although it's not the first time the legendary detective has taken the law into his own hands, it might be the last.


What drove a good man to cross the line? Or have times changed, and the rules with them?


Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke faces Edinburgh's most explosive case in years, as a corrupt cop goes missing after claiming to harbour secrets that could sink the city's police force.


But in this investigation, it seems all roads lead to Rebus - and Clarke's twin loyalties to the public and the police will be tested to their limit.


A reckoning is coming - and John Rebus may be hearing the call for last orders…


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  


This event will be held in the Sanctuary and we are pleased to offer Audio Assist technology via the free Audio Everywhere App to ensure an optimal experience. Here's a short video explaining how to use it.


Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.


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Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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