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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409152634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409152637
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First performed at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, the first stage play from the SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestselling author of SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE.

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 and the Open University.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 partner and two sons.

Visit his website www.ianrankin.net or follow him on Twitter @Beathhigh


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. P. Mcalister on 22 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
A great mystery from Ian Rankin. I knew full well it was a script when I bought it as it states on the front cover "The Smash Hit Stage Play". Other reviewers can't blame Rankin, Thomson or Amazon for them not reading the product description or looking at the front cover. Hope to see this on stage soon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on 25 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate to receive a copy of ‘Dark Road’ – A Stage Play by Ian Rankin & Mark Thomson via GOODREADS ‘GIVEAWAYS’.

On winning the book I looked at the reviews (some of which were not favourable) and as I have not read his work or read a play (except for ‘Under Milkwood’) I feared that this would not be to my liking.

I’ve never read any of Ian Rankin’s work before however I am aware how popular his work is.
I read Dark Road with the intention of providing an honest review as I was fortunate to receive a copy free of charge.

Ian Rankin describes Dark Road as a psychodrama firmly about family. It is full of mind games, sexual politics along with a ‘whodunit’.

The Blurb tells you the story line and the reader is taken along the journey swiftly. The script was excellently crafted and when reading it I felt immersed in the plot, which was gripping and tense at times.

Although concise nothing is taken away. The script and the scene settings mentally embrace and place the reader in front of the stage.

My experience was it left me with unresolved questions, which for me, is always a sign of good storytelling.

I have awarded this 5* as I did not expect the script of a play to be such a profound reading experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Amedro on 19 July 2014
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A gripping storyline from the beginning until the end. Not quite what I expected but very entertaining. love Rankin works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DRummens on 19 Aug. 2014
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As an avid Ian Rankin fan, I had advance ordered this, and couldn't wait for it to arrive. Not having read a play since 'The Scottish one' at school (which wasn't yesterday!) it took a bit of getting into, but with some perserverence, I really enjoyed it. Story telling at its best from my favourite author, but if it comes out on audiobook, I would choose that over the hardback.
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By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
I've only read a couple of plays, so I'm not very conversant with what makes a "good" play script (and I've probably seen even fewer than I've read!) however this was a very enjoyable experience.

I enjoy new mediums, new things, new experiences. Obviously some people don't, some people prefer only what they already know they like - this is clearly a very different kettle of fish to his usual Rebus novels, and anyone who is dogmatically rigid in their appreciations of things will patently not enjoy this. However, anyone with a bit of open-mindedness to them should give this a fair chance, and hopefully they will find it enjoyable. It has a good story, tension, twists, and good dialogue. I'd like to see it performed live.

And, to everyone who bought this not eve realising it was a play (despite it being stated on the cover and in the description)... how dumb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shortaim on 1 Aug. 2014
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not one of Rankins best, to much like a guide to who contributed what to this story.
Would have rather seen the play on stage than by book form.
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A shocking disappointment. Apart from being mercifully short, this has no other redeeming features. I've read all of Ian Rankins' novels, as have many of the disappointed reviewers. This is neither dramatic or well written - scanty improbable story with no character development at any level. Like many others, I wonder if Rankin had any significant part in this other than adding his name to it! More fool he if that is the case - stick to the novels if not!!
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By Derek Randall on 1 Aug. 2014
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Absolute garbage. Why a talented writer like Ian Rankin would put his name to this kind of thing is beyond me. I don't know who Mark Thomson is but I suspect he did the writing and Rankin rubber stamped it. Not a good move.
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