(born 1960)

Ian Rankin

'your client was the deceased, mute and cold, but still screaming out for justice'
('Black and Blue')

From his first appearance in 'Knots and Crosses' in 1987, the character of Detective Inspector John Rebus has developed in complexity and depth through a succession of accomplished detective novels, making him one of the most intriguing literary policemen ever to prowl the page. His creator, Ian Rankin, has won many major crime-writing prizes, including the prestigious Chandler-Fulbright Award, and is a master of the detective fiction genre. As a child in Cardenden, Fife, he amused himself by writing and drawing his own comics. Later, as a literature student at Edinburgh University, he had poems and short stories published in literary magazines such as Cencrastus and the Edinburgh Review. His first published novel, 'The Flood' (1986), is a powerful allegorical tale that follows the terminal trajectory of a Fife mining community through the experiences of an outcast woman and her son. For the Rebus series that made his name, Ian Rankin takes a walk on the Hyde side, catching the scuttling secrets of Scotland's capital city in the beam of his highly ingenious Rebus plots.

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, Edinburgh, 2001.

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