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Dark Entries (Graphic Novel) Hardcover – Illustrated, 2 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st edition edition (2 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848563426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848563421
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music
Standing In Another Man's Grave
Saints of the Shadow Bible

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)
The Beat Goes On

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

The Complaints
The Impossible Dead


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Review

'This is a graphic novel as it should be, a thrilling, beautifully paved page turner.' --- The Sunday Times Culture

'Well executed, full of action' --- The Guardian

'An inventive mystery, packed with unexpected twists and sly humour, and ably complemented by Werther Dell Edra s spare and effective artwork.' --- The Spectator

About the Author

Ian Rankin is the CWA Gold Dagger and Edgar Award-winning writer of the Inspector Rebus mysteries, as well as a critic, non-fiction author and former punk musician. His Rebus novels have both topped the Sunday Times bestseller list and been televised on BBC1. Dark Entries is his first comics work. Werther Dell'Edera has illustrated Loveless, Punisher War Journal and X-Force.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve Win on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Award-winning - and officially honourable - crime writer Ian Rankin makes a remarkable debut as a graphic novelist in this superbly unsettling horror story starring the best anti-hero in the business. John Constantine, seedy modern magician and consummate bad seed tends to bring out the best in his writers, and although the plot here is nothing new the treatment of the large cast of characters is a deft juggling act nicely handled, while the narrative set-pieces are gripping and stuffed with good old fashioned creepy tension.

Constantine has acquired a certain reputation in the right circles over the course of his life, so he's not too suspicious when a sleazy TV producer offers him wads of cash to advise on the latest reality show Dark Entries wherein six contestants are isolated in a rigged haunted house, competing for big prizes and fully expecting to be scared out of their wits.

Unfortunately what's terrifying these housemates is nothing the producers and technicians devised but appears to be the real thing.

Quickly inserted into the show as a new contestant Constantine finds himself mired in a diabolical mystery involving the seemingly innocent competitors, and too late realises that he's fallen for the oldest trap in the world. Stitched up like a kipper, his only chance is to free his companions before he can escape the house and the horrors that built it.

Sharp, gritty and deeply compelling this is a powerful recapitulation of classic horror and murder yarns complete with sting-in-the tail that will leave the reader breathless and hungry for more.

Viscerally illustrated by Italian artist Werther Dell'edera this black and white hardback is similar in format to the old Paradox Press DC imprint to which gave us A History of Violence and Road to Perdition among other gritty adult thrills. Dark Entries is easily in the same class and would make any reader a very happy - if nervous - fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Crime novelist Ian Rankin tries his hand at a graphic novel. To the uninitiated, that's a book with pictures and speech balloons. Just like a comic. But it's a mature readers comic. Ie: it has grown up characters and adult situations and the occasional bit of strong language.

This is also far more a horror story than a crime drama.

So if any of that's not your cup of tea then stop reading here.

But if it is or if you're prepared to try something different, or if you read the comic hellblazer, then read on.

Dark entries features John Constantine. Star of the long running and popular mature readers comic hellblazer. The uninitiated may be familiar with the movie Constantine, but the version of the character seen there was americanised for the big screen. The Constantine of the comic page is a blonde haired chain smoking trench coat wearing scouser. Who is also a mague. A man who lives his life as he chooses and who has the ability to stand up to absolutely anyone. You could think of him as a supernatural private eye.

The story here sees him hired by a tv company to take part in their latest project. A big brother style show that has housemates in a building with no contact with the outside world. And where scary things will happen. Those should be controlled by the tv company. But scary things are happening that they've no control over. So they neeed John to find what's up.

A secret prize awaits the winner. But the contest swiftly turns into a fight for survival, as the secrets of the house and the contestants come to light...

If you're familiar with hellblazer then you'll find that Ian Rankin writes Constantine very well. The book runs for two hundred and fourteen pages. And the story is self contained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Big Brother type house and it's contestants are being haunted by ghosts so the show's producer gets Constantine in to investigate. Things become stranger as none of the contestants can remember how they came on the show or much about their past. Then about the halfway point things get very Hellblazer and the story takes off.

I've never read Ian Rankin or a John Constantine: Hellblazer book so this was something of a gamble. Fortunately Rankin keeps the pace ticking over very nicely and the story shoots along with the tension expertly mounting up. The reality television spectacle is parodied well - it really is Hell - and the contestants become better characters with the reveals throughout the story.

The only weak point here is the artwork. Werther Dell'endera does scratchy black and white scrawls that reminded me a bit of Manga books but with sloppier drawing. If the publishers had hooked Rankin up with a decent artist I think this could be a 5 star book, as such the artist lets the book down with his sub-standard work. Definitely going to check out more of Rankin's work though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kenpat on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the plot but felt the writing in the second part wasn't as strong as in the first. As if IR was more comfortable with the mystery element than with the action. Not a classic graphic novel but a good entry into the genre for the writer. I would try more if he ventures there again. The artwork is always going to be up to each persons personal preferences I found it suited the storyline quite well.
Hopefully it may encourage Rebus readers to try a graphic novel.
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