Week of April 25, 2007 | Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is this week’s guest. This is Mr. Rankin’s third appearance on the show. We discuss THE NAMING OF THE DEAD, the eighteenth Inspector Rebus novel, and it’s one of the strongest in the series.

It takes place during the G8 summit held in Scotland in July, 2005. Mr. Rankin and I also discuss the fate of Rebus.

Rebus is approaching mandatory retirement age and Mr. Rankin is currently writing his retirement novel. We discuss what’s next for Rebus.

We also talk about the project he is working on for The New York Times Sunday Magazine. The Times Magazine started a wonderful project where they have authors write sixteen separate chapters published on a weekly basis. Michael Connelly, who will be a guest in late May, participated in the project last year.

Mr. Rankin has been chosen to write the next series and he discusses the challenges and opportunities the project offers. He asked Mr. Connelly for feedback on the concept and shares the advice Mr. Connelly offered him.

Ian Rankin has long been the best selling author in the UK and I’m delighted his audience in the U.S. is expanding as quickly as it is. He’s a great writer, and Inspector Rebus is one of the finest series characters ever created in the mystery genre. Enjoy!

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