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
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.
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
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 plot: a threesome conspire to rob a National Museum warehouse on "Doors Open" day. The more people they bring into the caper, the more c...more
Like wtih The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash, Doors Open is a little slow at times with a quieter main character. But plenty happens, and almost worse is the anticipation throughout the entire story that bad things are...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
Synopsis: (From the book's jacket) Three friends descend upon an art auction. Software mogul Mike Mackenzie wants something money can't buy. Banker Allan Cruickshank is burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated by paintings hidden away in private hands. In a conversation over drinks, the three seize on an impossible, unthinkable, suddenly inevitable idea: steal the art. There has to be a way.
My opinion and rating: This is my opinion and my...more
Scrive un libro all'anno: verso la fine dell'autunno lo inizia, a maggio lo consegna, ci lavora un po' con l'editor, e intorno novembre lo pubblica. Poi ricomincia. Non ha mai scritto un brutto libro (oddio ne ho letti solo venti su circa ventisette, ma insomma); non solo: col tempo è migliorato e, leggendo la serie di Rebus senza seguire l'ordine cronologico, la cosa salta agli occhi.
Rankin scrive di Edimburgo tanto qua...more
In the story, Mike Mackenzie is a very wealthy and very bored self-made millionaire who is looking for something to excite his life and give him the buzz he used to get from business deals. He also has a love of art and he thinks that he has stumbled across the ‘perfect crime’ with two of his good friends when they devise a, seemingly effortless, way to steal from the National Gallery of...more
Rankin writes about an interesting set of characters who come together to steal their favourite pictures from the National Gallery of Scotland, because the pictures are rarely put on display but remain hidden in the storage vaults. Rankin's skill lies in the fact that he makes you care about the characters, even though on the face of it, they are a bunch of selfish, pampere...more
The idea germinates in the brain of the professor. He tempts the millionaire and the investment banker into this scheme which has been brewing in his mind for quite some time. During the course of the discussion on how to pull off the heist, the millionaire meets one of his sc...more
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
Like many of his other works, this stand-alone tale is set in Rankin's Edinburgh, Scotland. It's a heist tale where good people do bad things and sometimes not well.
Not to give anything away, but often amateurs don't make the best crooks. There's a nifty twist near the end, which helped me enjoy the book more. Ranking writes well, but there's something amiss when the author makes smart people do d...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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has be...more