Ian Rankin

Born: 28th April 1960
Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, OBE is a crime fiction writer best known for his Inspector Rebus series. His first novels, Knots and Crosses and Hide and Seek were written as mainstream novels but, to Rankin’s surprise, the books were regarded as genre books, and his unintentional path to crime fiction began. The Inspector Rebus series – of 19 novels plus short stories – has been adapted for television starring John Hannah, and later, Ken Stott.

The mysterious paper sculptor, who leaves gifts of artworks for literary institutions in Edinburgh, based several on Rankin’s books, including one which was specifically gifted to him. The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh is a favourite haunt of Inspector Rebus and, on occasion, Ian. Find out more about Ian and his work at www.ianrankin.net.