Three friends descend upon an art auction. Mike Mackenzie -- retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast -- wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored by his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And art professor Robert Gissing is frustrated that so many paintings are hidden in private collections. After the...more
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The book opens at an art auction where three friends meet. Not surprisingly, they all share an interest in fine art. Mike Mackenzie made a fortune with his software ...more
The setup: a bored millionaire, a covetous banker and an art professor walk into a bar (no, it’s not the start of a joke) ...more
The biggest problem is the plot. Yes its meant to be a caper and light hearted but when would you have a self made millionairre robbing the national gallery with guns..... maybe a gentleman thief scenario is acceptable but taking it up to armed robbery is pushing ...more
Mike MacKenzie is a rich playboy with an interest in art. Along with his friend Allan he gets drawn into an art heist, all the while being watched by Detective Inspector Ransome, who is interested in one of Mike's old school pals.
Fast paced, action packed, and loaded with twists and turns, "Doors Open" is an excellent read.
Ian Rankin shows that he doesn't need to write Rebus to create a brilliant story. In fact, this one was better in some ways, because ...more
Read a review saying that this is not as gritty as Rankin's usual. I've tried Rankin several times and his grittiness overcame me every time. It was not riveting but this crime caper was entertaining enough and had a twist at the end that I didn't expect.
Mike Mackensie, Allan Cruikshank, and Robert Gissing are three friends who share a love of art. Over a few pints they hatch a plan to steal some of their favorite works of art, not from a gallery or museum wall, but instead from a warehouse, where the works of art go unloved, unappreciated, and unseen. The plan involves a crook that Mike knew in elementary school, named Chib Calloway, who is, unbeknownst to him, being followed by the dubious Inspector Remus. An ar ...more
Ian Rankin is one of my favorite mystery writers, with robust, imaginative characters that are true to their environment, beautifully paced plots, and locations that I’ve visited and love despite the flaws he exposes. Up front I’ll admit that I’m prejudiced in favor of his Detective Inspector John Rebus books. My favorites are Resurrection Men, the Falls and Exit Music.
Doors Open is a standalone ...more
The characters weren't overly well-rounded, though not to a point where it really bothered me. The pacing was too slow for my liking. Oftentimes Rankin spent too much time setting up a scene far more elaborately than needed making me want to skim-read here and there to figure out what would happen next. There were also moments where the amount of set-up did work, however, I have to give him that.
So while the pacing could have been better, I do feel it's a ...more
I was not particularly surprised that the first post-Rebus novel from Ian Rankin was another crime caper. I was surprised that it was predominantly from the perspective of the crime-doers instead of the crime-fighters. (Though there was some of that, too.) The changing point of view didn't really work fo ...more
Rankin as usual ...more
Overall, really enjoyed this. An eclectic gang of near incompetent art thieves set about a heist. Throw into that a crime lord and a detective after his blood and you get a good thriller. I couldn't help but see the crime lord as Cafferty and the detective as Rebus, but I guess that w ...more
In this tale, a disparate group of people decide to pull off an art heist during Doors Open Days, when the repository of overflow art from the National Gallery is open to the public......and what a group it is.....a wealthy software developer, an art historian, a banker, an art student, and a local hoodlum. The plan is perfect.....but of course it isn't and things start going wrong from the beginnin ...more
It has recently been filmed for TV starring Stephen Fry and the author in a cameo and is expected to be shown towards the end of 2012.
I need to go back and read Exit Music in order to re-e ...more
Er ist reich und er langweilt sich gewaltig. Denn für einen Mann wie Mike Mackenzie, der als Teilhaber einer IT-Firma ein Vermögen gemacht hat, verlieren teure Autos und andere kostspielige Hobbys schnell ihren Reiz. Zerstreuung findet er in der Welt der Kunst, die ihn neben der schottischen Kunst des 20sten Jahrhunderts auch mit der schönen Auktionarin Lara Stanton lockt. Doch die Bilder sind unverkäuflich, die Frau ist uninteressiert und Mikes Geldbeutel kann am einen und sein ...more
This is Ian Rankin’s first stand alone novel without his detective hero Rebus. It had so-so reviews at the time and I can understand why.
It’s a caper novel featuring four men who collude together to devise a plan to steal priceless paintings from a seafront warehouse in which the museums and galleries of Scotland store the works of art not currently on display.
Mike Mackenzie, bored millionaire who made a fortune from computer software and now looking for a thrill and who gets more tha ...more
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more