November 17, 2007

WHO'S KILLING THE GREAT DETECTIVES OF ENGLAND?:

Rebus retires: Author Ian Rankin's popular detective finally reaches his golden years (Mark Medley, 10/17/07, National Post)

Rebus' final case involves a dead dissident poet, Russian mobsters, shady businessmen and long-time nemesis "Big Ger" Cafferty, the Moriarty to Rebus' Sherlock Holmes. Does the novel end with Rebus going quietly into retirement or with a Reichenbach Falls-like exit? There will be no spoilers here.

"I thought hard before I started writing it about what kind of book I wanted it to be," says Rankin. "Did I want to tie up all the loose ends? Did I want complete closure? Was he going to be alive or dead at the end?"

Truthfully, Rankin himself wasn't sure how the series would conclude. He consulted with crime writer Colin Dexter, who faced a similar problem when his popular Inspector Morse books ended in 1999. Rankin only finished the final scene in June, a surprisingly quick turnaround in the publishing world.

"It took a long time to finish," he admits. "Usually by the time I get to the end of a book I know where it's going. But with this one I was uncertain how I wanted to finish the book. I kept going back to it and changing it, and adding bits, and taking stuff away."

Fans will still be able to get their Rebus fix in other forms; Rankin says he may revisit some of the characters in the Rebus universe in books featuring his partner, Siobhan Clarke. Then there's the TV version starring Ken Stott, not to mention radio plays and the popular Rebus tours of Edinburgh.


Still can't make myself read or watch the last Morse--watching Inspector Lewis was hard enough.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2007 4:52 PM
Comments

The latter books in the series have really fallen off in quality and I stopped reading about 4 books ago.

Posted by: Patrick H at November 17, 2007 9:48 PM
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