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Reissued in the stunning new livery alongside EXIT MUSIC - new in paperback. New for this edition - specially commissioned Reading Group Notes. Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller and Guardian fastseller. The Rebus TV adaptation attracted 9 million viewers. He has an incredibly high profile - he has had his own TV series, received an OBE and is a regular on TV and radio. He has won numerous awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and the Edgar Award. Ian Rankin makes up more than 10% of all UK crime sales. He also constantly gets excellent reviews: 'Masterfully plotted, clear and succinct' Scotsman 'A complex mystery novel, as you would expect from Rankin, one of a handful of truly outstanding British mystery writers ... Terrific' Observer 'An extraordinarily rich addition to crime literature' Independent on Sunday 'The unopposed champion of the British police procedural field' Guardian 'Rankin continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers' The Times
Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger. He lives with his family in Edinburgh, and in 2003 received an OBE for his services to literature.
Lucky is the writer who develops a loyal following; these fans can hardly wait for the next book to appear on the shelves. Rankin has written six novels about Scottish detective John Rebus, and what gives the series a special edge is the skillful weaving of Edinburgh into the action so that it becomes an integral part of the plot. Rankin also presents us with a "tarnished hero"; Rebus is a troubled, sometimes violent cop who thinks nothing of ignoring the rules in order to track down a killer. In this particular book, listeners come to know more of Rebus's personal life and why his mood is as gloomy and dour as the Scottish weather. Reader Samuel Gillies lends an authentic accent to his recitation, succeeding in transporting the listener to far-off Scotland and a fly-on-the-wall view of some horrendous crimes. A top choice for all medium and large public libraries. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.