Author(s): Ian Rankin
For the right man, all doors are open...Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. He is looking for something to liven up the days and perhaps give new meaning to his existence. A chance encounter at an art auction offers him the opportunity to do just that as he settles on a plot to commit a 'perfect crime'. He intends to rip-off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital - the National Gallery of Scotland. So, together with two close friends from the art world, he devises a plan to a lift some of the most valuable artwork around. But of course, the real trick is to rob the place for all its worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed. But soon after he enters the dark waters of the criminal underworld he realises that it's very easy to drown... First published 2008.
THE NAMING OF THE DEAD was a massive breakthrough for Ian. His sales increased by over 50% through Bookscan and he was in the SUNDAY TIMES top 5 for the entire Christmas period. This new, standalone novel will follow in the wake of the enormous celebrations of John Rebus's 20th year in 2007. This anniversary will coincide with the final ever DI Rebus novel - a guaranteed massive bestseller. Ian has become a major player in the life of the UK. As well as his bestselling novels, he has a high profile as a cultural commentator in the press and on TV. There will be huge interest in this new project.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for 'Resurrection Men'. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.