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Ian Rankin


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Ian James Rankin 28 April 1960 (age 63) Cardenden, Fife, Scotland (

Notable works
Inspector RebusDark Entries

Knots and Crosses, Black & Blue, Standing in Another Man's Gr, Saints of the Shadow, Exit Music

Similar People
Irvine Welsh, Jackie Leven, Michael Connelly, Peter James, Alexander McCall Smith


Movies and TV shows
Rebus, Reichenbach Falls

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Ian James Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE, FRSL (born 28 April 1960) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.


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Early life

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Rankin was born in Cardenden, Fife. His father, James, owned a grocery shop, and his mother, Isobel, worked in a school canteen. He was educated at Beath High School, Cowdenbeath. His parents were horrified when he then chose to study literature at university, expecting him to study for a trade. Encouraged by his English teacher, he persisted and graduated in 1982 from the University of Edinburgh, where he also worked on a doctorate on Muriel Spark but did not complete it. He has taught at the university and retains an involvement with the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lived in Tottenham, London, for four years and then rural France for six while he developed his career as a novelist. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he worked as a grape picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician in a band called the Dancing Pigs.


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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. He was disconcerted by their classification as genre fiction. The Scottish novelist Allan Massie, who tutored Rankin while Massie was writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh, reassured him by saying, "Do you think John Buchan ever worried about whether he was writing literature or not?"

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Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels are set mainly in Edinburgh. They are considered major contributions to the tartan noir genre. Ten of the novels were adapted as a television series on ITV, starring John Hannah as Rebus in series 1 and 2 and Ken Stott in that role in series 3–5.

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In 2009, Rankin donated the short story "Fieldwork" to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Rankin's story was published in the Earth collection.

In 2009 Rankin stated on Radio Five Live that he would start work on a five- or six-issue run on the comic book Hellblazer, although he may turn the story into a stand-alone graphic novel instead. The Vertigo Comics panel at WonderCon 2009 confirmed that the story would be published as a graphic novel, Dark Entries, the second release from the company's Vertigo Crime imprint.

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In 2013, Rankin co-wrote the play Dark Road with Mark Thomson, the artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre's. The play, which marked Rankin's play-writing debut, premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in September 2013.


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Rankin is a regular contributor to the BBC Two arts programme Newsnight Review. His 3-part documentary series on the subject of evil was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2002. In 2005 he presented a 30-minute documentary on BBC Four called Rankin on the Staircase, in which he investigated the relationship between real-life cases and crime fiction. It was loosely based on the Michael Peterson murder case, as covered in Jean-Xavier Lestrade's documentary series Death on the Staircase. The same year he collaborated with folk musician Jackie Leven on the album Jackie Leven Said.

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In 2007, Rankin appeared in programmes for BBC Four exploring the origins of his alter-ego character, John Rebus. Titled "Ian Rankin's Hidden Edinburgh" and "Ian Rankin Investigates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," Rankin looks at the origins of the character and the events that led to his creation.

In the TV show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, he takes a trip through Edinburgh with writer/cook Anthony Bourdain.

Personal life

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Miranda, whom he met at university and married in 1986, and their two sons, Jack and Kit, who were 23 and 21 in 2015. They live near the authors JK Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and Kate Atkinson. Rankin appears as a character in McCall Smith's 2004 novel, 44 Scotland Street.

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.

Awards and honours

  • 1988 Elected Hawthornden Fellow
  • 1991 Chandler-Fulbright Award
  • 1994 CWA Short Story Dagger for A Deep Hole
  • 1996 CWA Short Story Dagger for Herbert in Motion in Perfectly Criminal
  • 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black and Blue
  • 1997 Edgar Award for best novel, shortlist, Black and Blue
  • 1999 University of Abertay Dundee honorary doctorate
  • 2000 University of St Andrews honorary doctorate
  • 2000 Palle Rosencrantz Prize (Denmark)
  • 2002 Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature
  • 2003 University of Edinburgh honorary doctorate
  • 2003 Whodunnit Prize (Finland)
  • 2003 Grand Prix du Roman Noir (France)
  • 2004 Edgar Award for Resurrection Men
  • 2005 CWA Lifetime Achievement Award (Cartier Diamond Dagger)
  • 2005 Open University honorary doctorate
  • 2005 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France) for Set in Darkness
  • 2005 Deutsche Krimi Prize (Germany), for Resurrection Men
  • 2006 University of Hull honorary doctorate
  • 2007 The Edinburgh Award
  • 2008 ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year, for Exit Music.
  • 2009 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, shortlisted Exit Music
  • 2012 Specsavers National Book Award, Outstanding Achievement
  • 2015 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2016 UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor at University of East Anglia
  • 2016 RBA International Prize for Crime Writing for Even Dogs in the Wild, the world's most lucrative crime fiction prize at €125,000.
  • 2016 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
  • Other publications

    Edited anthology

  • Criminal Minded (2000) (edited and with an introduction by Rankin)
  • Recordings

  • Jackie Leven Said (Cooking vinyl, 2005), with Jackie Leven
  • The Sixth Stone (CD, 2007), with Aidan Moffat, on Ballads of the Book
  • This Has Been the Death of Us (7th Realm Of Teenage Heaven, 2009), with Saint Jude's Infirmary
  • The Third Gentleman (BBC Broadcast 25 October 1997. 87mins). Black comedy set in 1790s Edinburgh.
  • Graphic novels

  • Dark Entries (September 2009) with art by Werther Dell'Edera. Published by Vertigo Crime and starring John Constantine of Hellblazer.
  • Graphic novella

  • The Lie Factory, illustrated by Tim Truman. Published as part of a CD package, Kickback City, featuring Rory Gallagher songs fictionalized in the novella and with a narration by Aidan Quinn
  • Plays

  • Dark Road, with Mark Thompson (2014)
  • Opera

  • Gesualdo, with Craig Armstrong (2008)
  • Short stories

  • "Summer Rites" (1984) (published in Cencrastus, No. 18 - actually a section of Rankin's first novel)
  • "An Afternoon" (1984) (published in New Writing Scotland No. 2) (slightly revised version published in OxCrimes, 2014)
  • "Voyeurism" (1985) (published in New Writing Scotland No. 3)
  • "Colony" (1986) (published in New Writing Scotland No. 4)
  • "Scarab" (1986) (published in Scottish Short Stories 1986)
  • "Territory" (1987) (published in Scottish Short Stories 1987)
  • "Remembrance" (1988) (published in Cencrastus, Spring)
  • "Playback" (1990) (Rebus; published in Winter's Crime 22; reprinted in A Good Hanging & Other Stories, 1992)
  • "Talk Show" (1991) (Rebus; published in Winter's Crimes 23)
  • "The Dean Curse" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Being Frank" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Concrete Evidence" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Seeing Things" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "A Good Hanging" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Tit for Tat" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Not Provan" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Sunday" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Auld Lang Syne" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "The Gentlemen's Club" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "Monstrous Trumpet" (1992) (Rebus; published in A Good Hanging & Other Stories)
  • "In the Frame" (1992) (Rebus; published in Winter's Crimes 24)
  • "Trip Trap" (1992) (Rebus; published in 1st Culprit)
  • "Marked for Death" (1992) (published in Constable New Crimes 1)
  • "Well Shot" (1993) (Rebus; published in 2nd Culprit)
  • "Video, Nasty" (1993) (published in Constable New Crimes 2)
  • "Castle Dangerous" (1993) (Rebus; published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, EQMM, October)
  • "Someone Got to Eddie" (1994) (published in 3rd Culprit)
  • "Facing the Music" (1994) (Rebus; published in Midwinter Mysteries 4)
  • "A Deep Hole" (1994) (published in London Noir)
  • "The Serpent's Back" (1995) (published in Midwinter Mysteries 5)
  • "Adventures in Babysitting" (1995) (published in No Alibi and in Master's Choice Two)
  • "Principles of Accounts" (1995) (published in EQMM, August)
  • "Window of Opportunity" (1995) (Rebus, published in EQMM, December)
  • "Natural Selection" (1996) (published in Fresh Blood)
  • "Herbert in Motion" (1996) (published in Perfectly Criminal)
  • "The Wider Scheme" (1996) (published in EQMM, August)
  • "My Shopping Day" (1997) (Rebus; published in Herbert in Motion & Other Stories [limited edition chapbook of 200 copies])
  • "No. 79" (1997) (published in Herbert in Motion & Other Stories)
  • "Glimmer" (1998) (published in Blue Lightning)
  • "Unknown Pleasures" (1998) (published in Mean Time)
  • "Detective Novels: The Pact Between Authors and Readers" (1998) (article; published in The Writer, December)
  • "Death is Not the End" (1998) (novella later expanded into Dead Souls)
  • "The Missing" (1999) (published in Crime Wave, March)
  • "Get Shortie" (1999) (Rebus; published in Crime Wave 2, Deepest Red, June)
  • "The Acid Test" (1999) (Rebus; published in EQMM, August)
  • "The Hanged Man" (1999) (published in published in EQMM, September/October)
  • "The Only True Comedian" (2000) (published in EQMM, February)
  • "Unlucky in Love, Unlucky at Cards" (2000) (published in EQMM, March)
  • "The Confession" (2000) (published in EQMM, June)
  • "The Slab Boys" (2000) (published in Scenes of Crime)
  • "No Sanity Clause" (2000) (Rebus; originally titled "Father Christmas's Revenge, published in The Daily Telegraph, December)
  • "Tell Me Who to Kill" (2003) (Rebus; published in Mysterious Pleasures)
  • "Saint Nicked" (2003/2004) (published in The Radio Times, 21 December 2003 & 4 January 2004)
  • "Soft Spot" (2005) (published in Dangerous Women)
  • "Showtime" (2005) (published in One City)
  • "Not Just another Saturday" (August 2005) (written for SNIP, a charity organisation; people in attendance of the event were provided with a "typescript" of the story)
  • "Atonement" (2005) (written for the anthology Complete Short Stories, which combined the contents of A Good Hanging & Other Stories and Beggar's Banquet, but was far from "Complete")
  • "Sinner: justified" (2006) (published in Superhumanatural)
  • "Graduation Day" (2006) (published in Murder in the Rough)
  • "Fieldwork" (2009) (published in Ox-Tales)
  • "Penalty Clause" (2010) (Rebus; published in Mail on Sunday, December)
  • "The Very Last Drop" (2013) (Rebus; written to help the work of Royal Blind)
  • "Dead and Buried" (2013) (Rebus; published with Saints of the Shadow Bible)
  • "In the Nick of Time" (2014) (Rebus; published in Face Off)
  • "The Passenger" (2014) (Rebus; published in the UK and US editions of The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories)
  • "A Three-Pint Problem" (2014) (Rebus; published in the UK and US editions of The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories)
  • "Cinders" (2015) (Rebus; published in the US edition of The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories)
  • "The Travelling Companion" (2015) (novella, published by the Mysterious Bookshop, NYC; signed, lettered limited cloth edition of 26 copies and 100 numbered copies; softcover edition of 1,000 copies)
  • "Cafferty's Day" (2016) (Rebus; published with Rather be the Devil)
  • Other

  • "Oxford Bar" (2007) (Essay published in the anthology How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors)
  • "John Rebus" (2007) (Mysterious Profile #8, a chapbook published by the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC in a signed limited hardcover edition of 100 copies and 1,000 softcover copies; reprinted in the UK edition of The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories as "Rankin on Rebus")
  • Ian Rankin interviews Arthur Conan Doyle (2013), published in Dead Interviews
  • Criticism

  • Alegre, Sara Martin., "Aging in F(r)iendship: 'Big Ger' Cafferty and John Rebus", in Clues: A Journal of Detection 29.2 (2011): 73-82.
  • Horsley, Lee, The Noir Thriller (Houndmills & New York: Palgrave, 2001).
  • Lanchester, John, "Rebusworld", in London Review of Books 22.9 (27 April 2000), pp. 18–20.
  • Lennard, John, "Ian Rankin", in Jay Parini, ed., British Writers Supplement X (New York & London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004), pp. 243–60
  • MacDonald, Erin E., "Ghosts and Skeletons: Metaphors of Guilty History in Ian Rankin's Rebus Series", in Clues: A Journal of Detection 30.2 (2012): 67-75.
  • Mandel, Ernest, Delightful Murder: A Social History of the Crime Story (Leichhardt, NSW, & London: Pluto Press, 1984).
  • Marshall, Rodney, Blurred Boundaries: Rankin's Rebus (Amazon, 2012)
  • Nicol, Christopher, "Ian Rankin's 'Black & Blue'", Scotnote No.24 (Glasgow: ASLS Publications, 2008)
  • Ogle, Tina, "Crime on Screen", in The Observer (London), 16 April 2000, Screen p. 8.
  • Plain, Gill, Ian Rankin’s Black and Blue (London & New York: Continuum, 2002)
  • Plain, Gillian, "Ian Rankin: A Bibliography", in Crime Time 28 (2002), pp. 16–20.
  • Robinson, David, "Mystery Man: In Search of the real Ian Rankin", in The Scotsman 10 March 2001, S2Weekend, pp. 1–4.
  • Rowland, Susan, "Gothic Crimes: A Literature of Terror and Horror", in From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell (Houndmills & New York: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 110–34.
  • References

    Ian Rankin Wikipedia