Ian Rankin’s depictions of a hard-nosed and unforgiving Edinburgh blasted the city’s genteel, chocolate-box image and helped usher in a new wave of Scottish crime writing. With his 21st instalment of the Inspector Rebus series currently on shelves, Rather Be The Devil, Ian talks to fellow crime author Michael Robotham (Close Your Eyes) about what it takes to create a great crime novel, and walking the sometimes blurry line between real life and fiction.
Michael Robotham (Australian)
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer, he investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael’s 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of nine novels featuring beloved Joe O’Loughlin. Good Girl, Bad Girl is the first book in an exciting new series featuring forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven and was shortlisted for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Michael is the only Australian to win the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger Award twice – for Good Girl, Bad Girl and Life or Death. In 2020, The Secrets She Keeps was adapted for television. Michael’s most recent novel is When She Was Good.