From Ian Rankin
Hello from Edinburgh!
For all you Rebus fans out there, you’ll no doubt have picked up on the grapevine that Rebus is back. He retired at the end of Exit Music but I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us. In fact, he had never really gone away but has been working for Edinburgh Police’s cold case unit. When I was thinking about writing my next book I knew I had a story that was a perfect fit for him. And now that my character from Internal Affairs – the Complaints’ Malcolm Fox – has become established, I thought it would be interesting to see how the two would clash.
I’ve just received a finished copy of the new novel – it’s called ‘Standing In Another Man’s Grave’ – and it looks lovely. There are even maps – which is handy, as this book takes Rebus far from his comfort zone to the wilds of northern Scotland, where he comes to realise he is further from a pub than he has ever been in his life… This idea of a ‘road trip’ story has been in my head for some time: what if someone used a particular road frequently and then disappeared? That route would become the focus for those looking for them, travelling up and down, trying to find some sense of them – if they are alive… I gave Rebus a cold case that takes him along just such a road. I chose the A9 as it’s a journey that I do frequently and the road feels like it has a life of its own…
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