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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in 1960 in Cardenden, Fife.  His best known books are the Inspector Rebus novels.  A long list of awards honor this Scotish author’s 25 novels.  Rankin has been elected as a Hawthornden Fellow and won the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has also won two Crime Writers’ Association Dagger prizes for short stories and in 1997 the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for ‘Black and Blue’ (which was also short-listed for the Edgar).  He won the Edgar in 2004 for Resurrection Men. In 2005 he was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger to mark a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing. In 2008 he won the Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year, for Exit Music. In June 2002 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.  VJ Books offers many of Rankin‘s most popular titles.

Loads of action in 2008 reads

(mcherald.com, Nov. 22, JC Patterson)

Here’s a by-the-book breakdown of fine reads I have known and appreciated this year.

The Big Boys: Heavyweight hits like Richard Price’s Lush Life, The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski , and my favorite read of 2008: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, topped bestseller lists and Oprah’s Bookclub. These massive parables of crime, historical cops and a boy and his dogs are flat out brilliant.

Lady Killers: A bevy of female authors, featuring Nevada Barr‘s long-awaited Winter Study gave the female lead muscles aplenty. Also impressive is April Smith’s The Judas Horse and Andrea Kane‘s Twisted. Like Barr’s Anna Pigeon, both spotlight damaged amazons who work outside the law. Powerful period dramas like The Outlander by Gil Adamson and Ron Rash’s Serena use the (more…)

Best mysteries of 2008

(catholic.org, Dec. 17)

Sun Sentinel (MCT) – In “The Finder,” Colin Harrison combines a strong eye for social details and the intricacies of New York City for a novel that is equally literary fiction and mystery.

A scheme in which office cleaners steal a new pharmaceutical company’s paperwork leads to cohesive plot about greed, power and revenge. “The Finder’s” ensemble features characters from every stratum of New York society as well as sharp dialogue and fresh plot twists. Harrison’s original approach makes “The Finder” the top mystery of 2008.

(1) “The Finder.” Colin Harrison. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. A scheme to steal paperwork erupts into a perceptive, thriller about New York life. (more…)

Ian Rankin Discusses Exit Music

Ian Rankin discusses Exit Music

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