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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (19 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752884523
  • ASIN: 0752884522
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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

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

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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'Fast, slick and exciting' -- William Leith EVENING STANDARD 'Inspector Rebus is absent from Ian Rankin's latest thriller but Edinburgh is as important a character as ever. Rankin expertly portrays the gang's different personalities as the plot thickens and darkens' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'The unravelling of the plan shows the author at his best: while the trio's motives for risking jail sometimes stretch credulity, the inexorable growth of mistrust within the gang is expertly and convincingly traced' -- John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES 'This is Rankin's first stand-alone thriller for more than a decade. When two friends devise a plan to steal some of the world's most valuable artwork, their only option is to make it look like no crime has been committed' EDINBURGH EVE NEWS 'Fast, slick and exciting' LONDON LITE 'This is not Rebus, but it's fast, slick and exciting' THE SCOTSMAN --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Oxley on 29 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
You're a celebrated crime author and you've just retired your most famous character - DI John Rebus, as if you didn't know - so what do you do next? Answer, you write an old-fashioned heist caper.

You'll have read the plot synopsis so I'll not summarise it again, I'll simply confine myself to making a few general points about the book:

First of all, this originally ran as a serial in the same publication that first printed Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch-lite `The Overlook' before it was published as a novel last year. I don't know if Ian has padded out `Doors Open' prior to publication, but it doesn't read like a novella stretched beyond its natural length.

I found `Doors Open' to be a satisfying read, even if it doesn't come close to approaching the quality of the best of the Rebus novels. For anyone else it would be decent little book, but Rankin has set his own standards so high, that you're perhaps looking for a bit more. I personally suspect that he wrote this as a bit of light relief after creating the increasingly complex plots of the `you know who' series for the past twenty years. That and the large wad of cash he was apparently paid for writing it.

His policeman here, DI Ransome could not be less like John Rebus if he tried. For a start, he doesn't rush bull-headed into things with no care for insulting his betters - or anyone, else for that matter. Ransome has a facility for diplomacy when among his peers (his counterpart from another station is the one officially investigating the art theft) and has subtle plans for his own advancement. He's no less effective than Rebus, but like I say, his methods are totally different.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cleudo on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found myself wondering whether this was a very early effort that had found it's way from the top of the wardrobe - how else to attribute this poor work to the author of the excellent Rebus novels.

The plot was completely unbelievable - everyone seemed to know everyone else. The heist itself - blink and you'd have missed it... The arch-villain - why didn't he nick all the paintings for himself if he was so unscrupulous...he was supplying the crew with the guns after all?

As well as the telegraphed ending, what really upset me were the glowing recommendations on the back cover. Sunday Telegraph; Mail on Sunday; Scotland on Sunday... until you realise after reading, that THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT OTHER BOOKS!

Come on Ian Rankin - you should be above this malarky! Have a quiet word with the publishers...
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By The Bagster on 15 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a great Ian Rankin fan. At least, I thought I was. I realise now that I'm a great Rebus fan. I came to this book desperately wanting to like it and I couldn't. How can any press reviewer say it shows Rankin's ability to move beyond Rebus? What it shows is the exact opposite. The exposition is overdone, heavy, leaden. The characterisation is hopeless (Big 'Ger Cafferty was always a questionable gangster -- risible, in fact -- but one accepted him because Rankin wrote him. But Chib Calloway -- Chib Calloway is the most unbelievable gangster in the history of crime fiction). This book is terrible. It's awful. Until now, when Rankin published a book I bought it. I may never buy another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baggie Blog on 15 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
This could have been a fun and frivolous fable, but ended up being dreary and dull. Characterisation is poor and plot is contrived and unoriginal. I can hardly believe this is from Rankin - surely one of the most effective writers of crime-fiction writing today.

This disappoints severely - avoid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reading Doors Open, I couldn't help but wonder if this was an early effort of Ian Rankin's that he dusted down in order to get something in the shops following the end of the Rebus series. For starters, it's quite a slim novel by Rankin's standards, and the plot, characters and dialogue frankly aren't up to much.

The art heist scam, Ediburgh background and presence of a local heavyweight gang boss aren't the most original ingredients you'll ever find in a book, and lots of this really did feel like someone just going through the motions rather than looking for a serious new direction post-Rebus.

For a short book, it felt like a long read. It's left me pondering the Rankin back catalogue - were they really as good as I thought they were, or did Rebus hold together a string of stories that were as badly written and unengaging as this one? It's a tough call. For die-hard Ian Rankin fans everywhere - prepare to be bitterly disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Harrison on 1 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read all the Rebus books and rating them highly I bought Doors Open because it was a 'Rankin'. Hence the great disappointment and the feeling that I should ask for my money back. It was made all the worse because I very much like the work of Christopher Brookmyer (also Tartan Noir) and Doors Open is a very very pale effort when compared to the Sacred Art of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyer. The Sacred Art is creative and amusing and kept me entertained from beginning to end. Doors Open lacks pace, is rather dull, and only really gets going in the last 20 pages.

I will not buy the other 'newish Rankin' (Complaints) - or any other new Rankin - in future until I have read the reviews (that is customer reviews and not Waterstones employees views or publishers blurb).

As another reviewer judged - it is pedestrian.
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