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Ian Rankin
Ian James Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE, is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He has also written several pieces of literary criticism. Rankin did not set out to be a crime writer. He thought his first novels Knots and Crosses and Hide and Seek were mainstream books,... show more
Ian James Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE, is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He has also written several pieces of literary criticism.

Rankin did not set out to be a crime writer. He thought his first novels Knots and Crosses and Hide and Seek were mainstream books, more in keeping with the Scottish traditions of Robert Louis Stevenson and even Muriel Spark (the subject of Rankin's uncompleted Ph.D. thesis). He was initially disconcerted by their classification as genre fiction, but later became reconciled when he realized that the statements he wanted to make about Scottish society were not going to be any less pertinent for their being contained in what was perceived as crime novels.

Rankin has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black and Blue, the 2003 French Grand Prix du Roman Noir, the 2004 Edgar Award for Resurrection Men, the 2005 CWA Lifetime Achievement Award (Cartier Diamond Dagger), the 2005 French Grand Prix du Roman Policier (France) for Set in Darkness, the 2005 Deutscher Krimi Preis (Germany) for Resurrection Men and the 2008 ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year for Exit Music. In 2002, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. In 2011, a group of ten book sculptures were deposited around Edinburgh as gifts to cultural institutions and the people of the city. Many of the sculptures made reference to the work of Rankin, and an eleventh sculpture was a personal gift to him.
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Birth date: April 28, 1960
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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it 3 weeks ago
Knots & Crosses is the first book in the Inspector John Rebus series and I wasn´t prepared just how much of a messed up character Rebus is. He is full blown drama walking on two legs. He has family problems, he is estranged from his brother, he isn´t good at his job, he is clearly haunted by somethi...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 2 months ago
This post is overdue, and I can't seem to find time to do it right. So, I won't. Here's a quick and dirty way to get it taken care of. I wish I had it in me to do a better job, but I don't. Here's the blurb taken from Rankin's site: Retirement doesn’t suit John Rebus. He wasn’t made for hobbies, hol...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 5 months ago
Rebus said quietly. "It made sense that we stuck up for one another back then--might not be so true now.". . . ". . . secrets and lies and all the other crap we've dealt out and been dealt. I didn't see you owning up in there to singing your name to statements that weren't yours. But we both know it...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 7 months ago
Rebus had lost count of the number of cases he’d worked, cases often as complex as this one, requiring interview after interview, statement after statement. He thought of the material in the boxes, now being pared over by those around him--paperwork generated in order to show effort rather than with...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 8 months ago
Detective Paul Carter has been found guilty of some pretty clear-cut criminal activity. Fox and his team have been brought into investigate a neighboring force, Carter's own, to see who might have been involved with him -- or at the least covered up for him. They weren't involved with the original i...
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