I've been dipping in and out of this book for a while now, so time to mention it here. Some of the stories do overlap with those published in Crimespotting by Irvine Welsh but not enough to be bothered about, and there are some really really good examples of short story writing in here.
From the Blurb:
Leading editor and reviewer Maxim Jakubowski has compiled another beguiling collection of the year's best new short crime fiction from the UK. Ian Rankin's perennially popular Edinburgh cop, Inspector Rebus, makes an unexpected comeback in a short but intriguing story 'The Very Last Drop', and the collection closes with another Rankin story 'Driven'.
Making their first appearance in the series are many luminaries such as Kate Atkinson, Louise Welsh, Stephen Booth, Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Bateman, A.L. Kennedy, Sheila Quigley, Lin Anderson, Simon Kernick and David Hewson. Also represented are exciting up and coming talents such as Nick Quantrill, Jay Stringer, Paul D. Brazill and Nigel Bird.