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.
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.
Rather than sending John Rebus over the Reichenbach Falls, Rankin consigned his sleuth in Exit Music to the morass of retirement, where he safely remains-except for one glancing aside-throughout this latest outing. The mantra here, suitably enough, is when one door closes, another opens. The result is a breezy tale that reinforces Rankin's ability to deliver a rousing good yarn. A retired dot-com wunderkind, a grouchy art professor, and a bank executive, all chums in cozy Edinburgh, idly hatch a plan to "liberate" art held in the Scottish National Gallery's industrial storage facility. The artsy milieu affords Rankin ample opportunity to have a go at the art establishment with references to Carl Andre, Banksy, and Jack Vettriano. With the looming of Open Doors Day (when normally private venues are thrown open to the public), the caper gathers great urgency and menace, as the trio enlists the aid of gangster Chib Calloway and a master art forger. Who will be the weakest link when the going turns rough? Verdict By its conclusion, only the most rabid fan will miss what's-his-name in this highly successful transitional work. An earlier version was serialized in the New York Times Magazine. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]-Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In Scottish author Rankin's intricately plotted heist thriller, software millionaire Mike Mackenzie, high-end banker Allan Cruikshank, and college art professor Robert Gissing devise a plan to "liberate" forgotten works of art from a warehouse storing the overflow from Edinburgh's museum collections. The trio commissions an art student nursing an antiestablishment grudge to paint fakes to swap for the originals, and Mackenzie's chance meeting with schoolmate Charlie "Chib" Calloway, now one of the city's most notorious gangsters, allows the group access to muscle and weapons. But cracks soon appear in the plan, with an inquisitive detective inspector, who's been on Calloway's trail for months, getting too close for comfort. Using the smalltown feel of Edinburgh to advantage, Rankin (Exit Music) gives his caper novel a claustrophobic edge while injecting enough twists, turns, and triple crosses that even the most astute reader will be surprised at the outcome. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.