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. 

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Ian Rankin (International)

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Ian Rankin is the bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His most recent book - the twenty-first instalment of the Rebus series - is Rather Be the Devil. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. He is the recipient of numerous international awards for crime writing and has been awarded honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Hull and Edinburgh. He has received the OBE for services to literature, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 2017 will become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Michael Robotham (Australian)

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Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 23 languages. In 2015 he won the prestigious UK Gold Dagger for his novel Life Or Death, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. Michael has twice won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel for Lost in 2015 and Shatter in 2008. His most recent novel is The Secrets She Keeps.