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Ian’s music taste is varied and eclectic and forms an integral part of his novels. This group...
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Ian Rankin was writing lyrics for his own imaginary band as a boy. He was buying T.Rex records at eleven, Alex Harvey and Zappa at fourteen and playing for a band called The Dancing Pigs at seventeen. His taste in music is varied and eclectic and has worked its way into the heart and soul of his novels and their titles – Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, The Falls, to name but a few. Music is a vital subtext to the books, setting tone and pace and providing multiple footnotes for the many devoted music fans amongst his readers. For example check this excerpt from his break-out book Black and Blue (recognise the album anyone?):
“Allan Mitchison was in a fridge at the Cowgate. He’d died strapped to a chair. Rebus didn’t know why. Pet Shop Boys: ‘It’s a Sin’. Segue to the Glimmer Twins: ‘Fool to Cry’. Mitchison’s flat hadn’t been so different to Rebus’s own in some respects: under-used, more a base than a home. He downed the rest of his drink, poured another, downed that too, and pulled the duvet off the floor and up to his chin. Another day down.”
The title of Rankin’s latest novel, Exit Music, is inspired by the album of the same name by fellow Scot, Stephen Lindsay. Whilst writing, Ian was also listening to (mainly instrumental) albums such as Zidane by Mogwai, Cinematique by Paul Haig and Hypogognia by Lucky Pierre. Will this music have crept into the writing, like secondary evidence in the most unsolvable of crimes, as the plot twists and turns through the bloody streets of Edinburgh? Or does this particular murder have its own melody.
Ian Rankin on Exit Music
Is this the end for Rebus?
The year 2007 marks Detective Inspector John Rebus’s last year in the Scottish police force. Forced to retire by both the law and his – relieved – superiors, Rebus knows that his time in the blue ranks must now come to an end. But how will the irascible detective deal with this grim terminus? Particularly with his nemesis, Ger Cafferty, still walking the streets of Edinburgh. And how will John’s protege and friend Siobhan Clarke move forward with the old relic finally gone? Pre-order on Amazon
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