Ian Rankin: The king of tartan noir

Rankin says his Rebus novels have saved him a fortune in psychotherapy

3rd January, 2016
Ian Rankin Picture: Feargal Ward

Sitting in the bar of an elegant Dublin hotel, Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin strikes an uncomfortable pose. The King of Tartan Noir, as James Ellroy named him, would surely be more at ease in one of the many traditional pubs around the corner – dark, concealing places where his detective hero Rebus would not be out of place.

But Rankin is on tour promoting his latest Rebus novel, Even Dogs in the Wild, and...

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