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Set in a very different Edinburgh to that inhabited by DI John Rebus, this new thriller will show a whole new side to Ian Rankin. With echoes of OCEAN'S 11 and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, this novel centres on the glamorous uber-world of the Scottish capital. Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. He is looking for something to liven up the days and settles on a plot to rip-off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital - the National Gallery of Scotland. So, together with two close friends from the art world, he devises a plan to a lift some of the most valuable artwork around. But of course, the real trick is to rob the place for all its worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed...
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THE NAMING OF THE DEAD was a massive breakthrough for Ian. His sales increased by over 50% through Bookscan and he was in the SUNDAY TIMES top 5 for the entire Christmas period. This new, standalone novel will follow in the wake of the enormous celebrations of John Rebus's 20th year in 2007. This anniversary will coincide with the final ever DI Rebus novel - a guaranteed massive bestseller. Ian has become a major player in the life of the UK. As well as his bestselling novels, he has a high profile as a cultural commentator in the press and on TV. There will be huge interest in this new project.

About the Author

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960. In 1997 he was awarded the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for BLACK AND BLUE. His subsequent Rebus novels have all been international bestsellers. He lives with his wife and two sons in Edinburgh. In 2003, Ian received an OBE for his services to literature. James Macpherson has played DCI Jardine in Taggart for sixteen years, and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and works by Hamish Wilson. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Gold Award for his reading of Strip Jack at the Spoken Word Awards 2004. He lives in Glasgow.

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