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)
Michael Robotham is one of Australia’s most successful crime writers, whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 24 languages and sold more than six million copies around the world. He has won numerous prizes including the UK Crime Writer’s Gold Dagger and two Ned Kelly Awards. His latest novel is The Secrets She Keeps.