Ian Rankin

A Companion to the Mystery Fiction


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About the Book

Ian Rankin is considered by many to be Scotland’s greatest living crime fiction author. Most well known for his Inspector Rebus series—which has earned critical acclaim as well as scores of fans worldwide—Rankin is a prolific author whose other works include spy thrillers, nonfiction books and articles, short stories, novels, graphic novels, audio recordings, television/film, and plays.
This companion—the first to provide a complete look at all of his writings—includes alphabetized entries on Rankin’s works, characters, and themes; a biography; a chronology; maps of Rebus’ Edinburgh; and an annotated bibliography. A champion of both Edinburgh and Scotland, Rankin continues to combine engaging entertainment with socio-political commentary showing Edinburgh as a microcosm of Scotland, and Scotland as a microcosm of the world. His writing investigates questions of Scottish identity, British history, masculinity, and contemporary culture while providing mystery readers with complex, suspenseful plots, realistic character development, and a unique mix of American hard-boiled and procedural styles with Scottish dialects and sensibilities.

About the Author(s)

Erin E. MacDonald is a professor of English at Fanshawe College’s School of Language and Liberal Studies in London, Ontario. She published a literary companion book on Ed McBain and edited a collection of essays on Robert Downey, Jr. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures and in Clues.

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

Bibliographic Details

Erin E. MacDonald.
Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 455
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, chronology, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7188-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3863-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  viii
Preface  1
Introduction: Past Guilt and Present Fantasies  3
Rankin’s Works in Chronological Order  7
The Rebus Series  13
Rankin’s Works in Alphabetical Order  15
A Brief Biography  21
A Career Chronology  27
The Companion  29
Appendix A: An Interview with Ian Rankin  411
Appendix B: Scots Words and Slang Found in Rankin’s Works  415
Appendix C: Map of Edinburgh City Center  417
Appendix D: Map of Edinburgh and Area  419
Annotated Bibliography  421
Index  431

Book Reviews & Awards

• Finalist, Best Critical/Biographical —Mystery Writers of America

• “Congratulations to Erin—I know how hard she worked. And she unearthed more than a few things I’d forgotten I’d written!”—Ian Rankin

• “Fascinating biography…definitely belongs in mystery reference collections…Rebus devotees will love having a copy at the ready when they find themselves wanting to check backstories on the multiple repeating characters.”—Booklist

Reviews of the Series: “The McFarland Companion series…has been consistently excellent, both in its choice of subjects and its quality of scholarship and writing”—Mystery Scene