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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.
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.