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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject: Rankin fans - please help  Reply with quote

I posted this under the adaptations thread but it seems to have got lost in the general discussion:  Please, can anyone tell me the title of the Rankin Rebus book in which one of the sub-plots remains unsolved at the end?  I remember Ian Rankin  talking about this on television and he said it was true to life in that many crimes remain unsolved.  I've been trying to remember.  Can anyone help?


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope someone can help, Sandra - I did see your original post, but don't have the answer.  I have read four of the Rebus books, I think, but can't remember any of them in enough detail to recall whether one of the subplots was unresolved.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be Black and Blue (having done a bit of sleuthing - am not well today, and confined to bed, and finding reading impossible, but playing on the internet seems less demanding!).  One of the subplots is a true story that Rankin used, which was itself unsolved.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Evie.  That may well be it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just read that a new Rebus novel is due to be published in November called Standing in Another Man's Grave, the first for five years. I like the way Rankin is dubbed as "The king of tartan noir". I have read about ten of the novels but at the moment crime novels are not so appealing, apart from Sherlock Holmes ones!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The above novel features the return of John Rebus, not from the dead like some Scottish Holmes, but, I would guess, for the same commercial reason, reader demand. His off-sider, Siobhan Clarke, is with him as they investigate the trail of a serial killer in the central and northern highlands around the Inverness and Moray Firth area. As for his nemesis, ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty – the Joker to Rebus’ Batman (and hasn’t he wound up Rebus over the series!) – well, to understand what happens in Standing in Another Man’s Grave it would be essential to have read Exit Music beforehand.
As usual an outstanding trait of the novel is the behaviour of Rebus to his colleagues in the police, a behaviour emphasised by the appearance of Malcolm Fox, the main person from a new Rankin series, who is determined to officially discredit Rebus and his unorthodox ways of catching criminals. Long may those ways continue.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Rankin is headlining Auckland's Literary festival in May/June, and he was interviewed for an hour on our National Radio yesterday.  In the discussion above someone mentioned Rankin saying he has the occasional open-ended crime because that is what happens in real life.  He said that in this interview too.  He also talked about Rebus getting older and he (Rankin) also getting older and how you have to change the character in line with that.  

He said crime fiction is a way to incorporate social events/political issues into stories.  And he is one of those authors who lets the book dictate what happens - he said he lets it flow and just sees whether Rebus lives or dies at the end!  (I suspect there is a bit more planning than that involved.)

Talking about crime novels is when I miss Castorboy the most as it was his forte.

Other people at the festival include the daughter of Desmond Tutu (who doesn't have such an easy name to remember), Susan Faludi, and the winner of 3 Pulitzer Prizes, Thomas Friedman, and several well-known Nzers, including Lloyd Geering, a nonegenarian theologist once charged with being a heretic! Now a National Treasure.



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