Archive for June 12th, 2012

John Rebus

- June 12th, 2012

Ian Rankin has brought back John Rebus. Here’s the edited announcement from the publisher.

After an absence of five years, the Orion Publishing Group announced today the return of “one of the most beguiling characters in the history of crime fiction”(TIMES)- Detective Inspector John Rebus.

Ian Rankin’s new novel, which sees Rebus’ return is entitled Standing In Another Man’s Grace and will be published on November 6, 2012.

It is 25 years since Rebus first appeared in Knots and Crosses, and five years since he retired.

In Standing In Another Man’s Grace, not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Ian Rankin’s latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh’s internal affairs unit. In the meantime his protégée Siobhan has stepped from under his shadow and is forging ahead in her own career.

Since Rebus’ first appearance in 1987 the novels have gained global acclaim, become international bestsellers and won Ian Rankin numerous awards. Rebus has become one of the most significant characters in crime fiction. Rebus’ retirement in 2007 brought a huge outcry from his fans and hit headlines across the UK.

Ian Rankin says of the return of Rebus:

“I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us. He had never really gone away but was working for Edinburgh’s cold case unit. And I knew I had a story that was a perfect fit for him.”

The title of the new book Standing In Another Man’s Grave is inspired by a song by the late Jackie Leven. The Scottish singer/songwriter was much admired by Rankin and the two became friends when they discovered a mutual regard for the other’s work. They toured and recorded a show together ‘Jackie Leven Said’ and were due to appear at a number of events shortly before Leven’s death in autumn 2011.

Ed McBain

- June 12th, 2012

I found an Ed McBain novel on Amazon for $4. It’s the first in the 87th Precinct series called Cop Hater. McBain, whose real name was Evan Hunter, did more than 20 books in that particular series.

Cop Hater was published in 1956. I found the introduction, written by McBain, interesting. He talked about the evolution of detective novels. Back in the 50s, the novels were shorter, more boilerplate and less on character development. Certainly nothing compared to Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole or Henning Mankel’s Kurt Wallander. But all fiction has been evolving. And although Cop Hater might not be as rewarding with character development, it’s still a good read.

And as readers of this blog know, I like to start a new series from the beginning.