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Ian Rankin – A Life In Crime

Ian Rankin in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

67 mins watch time

Posted September 2021

Culture

Ian Rankin was set to become a professor of English before his most famous creation, Detective Inspector John Rebus, took on a life of his own, confirming that his maverick imagination and deep familiarity with Edinburgh’s sinuous streets was irresistible to fans of crime fiction across the globe. For more than three decades, Rankin’s hard-drinking, anti-social, unlovable cop has mesmerised readers, and Rankin’s critical reputation as a novelist of the first order has grown alongside his fame as a master of the genre.