Week of  March 2, 2005 |  Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the author of the Inspector Rebus series of crime novels. His fifteenth Rebus novel, FLESHMARKET ALLEY, has just been published by Little, Brown. 

Rankin is now the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. His name is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having seven titles on The London Times best-seller's list at the same time

His novels are gaining popularity in the U.S. due to his winning the Edgar Award for best mystery novel of 2004 for his novel RESURRECTION MAN. Rankin lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two sons. 

During the interview Ian and I discuss the rich literary tradition of Edinburgh. You might be surprised to find out who his neighbors are!  

Inspector Rebus is a fascinating character, and once you read FLESHMARKET ALLEY you'll want to go to the start of the series and read them from the beginning. Rebus has aged and evolved into the man he is today. 

Rankin's popularity in the U.K. is astounding. There are now Inspector Rebus tours available in Edinburgh, and Rankin is currently writing a non-fiction book which is his autobiography interwoven with the biography of Inspector Rebus. The book will also have black and white pictures of areas of Edinburgh that appear in the novels.

So sit back and enjoy a conversation with a writer you'll be hearing a lot more from in the years ahead. There's nothing quite like the joy of discovering a writer you've heard of but not read. You can add all of the Rebus novels to your nightstand, assuming there's any room left on it.

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