Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus: The Story of the Best-Selling Author and His Complex Detective

Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus The Story of the Best Selling Author and His Complex Detective Packed with insightful interviews with Rankin plotlines story analysis and a complete collector s guide this fascinating accompaniment to a much loved series will thrill both the initiated and the

  • Title: Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus: The Story of the Best-Selling Author and His Complex Detective
  • Author: Craig Cabell
  • ISBN: 9781843582922
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Packed with insightful interviews with Rankin, plotlines, story analysis, and a complete collector s guide, this fascinating accompaniment to a much loved series will thrill both the initiated and the soon to be Detective John Rebus first appeared in Ian Rankin s 1987 bestseller Knots and Crosses and has since gone on to appear in 17 books and numerous short stories, deligPacked with insightful interviews with Rankin, plotlines, story analysis, and a complete collector s guide, this fascinating accompaniment to a much loved series will thrill both the initiated and the soon to be Detective John Rebus first appeared in Ian Rankin s 1987 bestseller Knots and Crosses and has since gone on to appear in 17 books and numerous short stories, delighting readers and setting a benchmark in contemporary crime fiction These notoriously gritty stories have been adapted into a television series the public cannot get enough of this hard drinking, no nonsense, complex detective Although the fictional Inspector retired to the backwaters of Edinburgh s dark side in the 2007 novel Exit Music, the books endure This book draws from extensive interviews with Rankin to explore the writer, his creation, and how their relationship has developed over the years It also investigates the dark cellars and sinister back streets of Rebus Edinburgh a dark, foreboding city shattering any stereotypes of shortbread and kilts Learn about the unusual connection between Rankin and Rebus, how the author was a punk musician and swineherd before becoming a writer, and why he was so inspired by fellow Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his masterpiece The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    One thought on “Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus: The Story of the Best-Selling Author and His Complex Detective”

    1. If you are a fan as I am of the Rebus Novels then this book is worth a bit of your time. There is a lot of good information contained within its covers.

    2. I really enjoy the John Rebus detective series but I found this book disappointing.Cabel, a freelance journalist and writer, explores a question many readers have wondered about: how much of author Ian Rankin is to be found in his fictional character Detective John Rebus?Cabell traces Rankin’s life trying to draw parallels between the two men. Rankin grew up in a working class section of Fife. His father was a dock worker and his mother died when Rankin was only eighteen. There were few job op [...]

    3. Oh my this was bad. I see now that Craig Cabell makes a habit of cludging together books about well known writers. I won't be tempted.There was something almost creepy about the awfulness of this book. After all it isn't unusual to get a book written by a journalist that reads like an unacknowledged collection of his (or her) articles, or a single idea padded out or repeated ad nauseam. Cabell does both (how alike are Rankin and Rebus - predictable but fair enough), and more. He has evidently ta [...]

    4. What can I say? This book did not really add to my knowledge of Rebus or his creator. It is all pretty well documented elsewhere. I would love to know what Rankin made of it. That's if he bothered to read it. The whole book if full of non-secateurs. Even Bono gets dragged in at one point. Why? Parts seem arrogant, as if Cabell's opinion of Rankin's books are some kind of benchmark for us lesser mortals. And You'll find yourself startled by the extraordinary analogies that Cabell uses. But not in [...]

    5. I love, love, love Ian Rankin. Reading one of his novels I found in a holiday cottage was what got me into reading crime fiction. So I pounced on this e-book when I spotted it on my library website (so, thankfully, didn't buy it!). I had to ditch it, I'm afraid. It read like a (not that great) dissertation. Too many recalls of simple facts, with little thought added. Too many sentences starting with "now" (drives me bonkers as does "so"), and strange sentence structures.

    6. If I didn't know better I would have said this was self published, and that about sums it up. A love letter to a favorite author. I thought he only grazed the surface with such a wealth of material. A prolific writer who has had fame for quite a while, with a severely handicapped child, the locale of Edinburgh and Scotland in fiction, and the novels themselves.

    7. There was something a bit awkward about this book with a lot of it devoted (rather pointlessly, I thought) to how much of Rankin is in Rebus. Interesting analysis of Rankin's progress as a writer.

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