A Heart Full of Headstones: The Gripping New Must-Read Thriller from the No.1 Bestseller Ian Rankin

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A Heart Full of Headstones: The Gripping New Must-Read Thriller from the No.1 Bestseller Ian Rankin

A Heart Full of Headstones: The Gripping New Must-Read Thriller from the No.1 Bestseller Ian Rankin

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I also moved into a new (larger) office which still doesn’t look big enough for all my records and books. The walls are covered in artwork, including an Alasdair Gray print, and photographs, one of him with his hero and subject of his Phd, Edinburgh author Muriel Spark, another of him with Stones legend Keith Richards, and lined with units filled with records and CDs. Ian Rankin obviously feels attached to his creation, but whether this is purely for the financial benefit of the book sales only he really knows. He lives in one of the penthouses with the big terraces,” he says and and I look up as if to catch a glimpse of the ageing heavy, patrolling his terrace and surveying his domain.

But it all comes together brilliantly, as only Rankin can do with his ability to incorporate current events into his books, and with his trademark dark humour. G. Ballard and Raymond Chandler, The Rise is one not to be missed—it is sure to delight Rankin’s army of fans but also thriller fans everywhere. Even Rebus himself seems to be somewhat tainted by historic association with the one time leader of the motley station crew. Looming imposingly over Hyde Park, only multi-millionaires need apply for one of its sumptuous apartments. The Rise is set in London, on the edge of Hyde Park, among the residences of some of the richest and most powerful people in the UK.

He also received several honorary degrees from various universities, such as the Hull, Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, and The Open University. Best know for his Rebus series, they deliver hard-boiled crime with a distinct Scottish flavour - sometimes cheesily referred to as "Tartan Noir". For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance. While a successful novelist, he has also had his own TV series in 2002 titled Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts, and in 2005 Rankin on the Staircase.

This suited the pace I had in mind for the story - a propulsive tale of murder and intrigue amidst the rich and famous cocooned in a big shiny glass and steel tower.Though set in present-day London, a playground for oligarchs, developers and international royalty, Rankin’s story is a classic whodunnit, a locked-room mystery transposed to a swanky block of flats. A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin was published in October 2022 and is set in Edinburgh, during the Covid pandemic. So aside from the 24 Rebus novels there’s The Flood, a mystery, a spy book, The Watcher, a ‘technothriller’ West Wind and he toyed with writing horror. During lockdown we always had a jigsaw on the go, including literary ones featuring the worlds of Jane Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare and James Joyce.

The story moves along at a crisp pace and there are some good twists, including a second death, before arriving at its clever and unexpected denouement. When Rebus was on the police force, he had a reputation for skirting the edge of ethics and legality, all in the service of justice (in Rebus's mind). Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive' Not in the book but words penned by Scottish historian Sir Walter Scott in 1808. In fairness, he’s grown into a pantomime villain of a figure who offsets Clarke and Rebus well here.I’ve read two collections of Rankin’s short stories, A GOOD HANGING and BEGGARS BANQUET, but there is also a COMPLETE SHORT STORIES that includes all the stories from both collections as well as one additional story. I was going to add films to that, but I don’t think I’ve been to the cinema much this year – not sure why. Gordon Kent knows his subject at first hand and the expertise shows on the page: high stakes, pounding tension and the best dogfights put on paper. I think it would be a really visual thing and a couple of strong performances at the middle that might tempt big name actors,” he says referencing the two central characters, detectives Gish and Milton. And Malcolm Fox is on her heels, worried about how this could affect the reputation of Police Scotland.

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