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Doors Open

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  3,242 Ratings  ·  377 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 364 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Orion Books (first published 2007)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Ian Rankin's Doors Open is a stand-alone, set in Edinburgh that does not feature the author's long-time protagonist, John Rebus. It originally appeared as a weekly serial in the New York Times Magazine, and was perhaps inspired by Rankin's enthusiasm for heist films. (He lists ten of his favorite such movies at the end of the book.)

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
Lance Charnes
Feb 10, 2013 Lance Charnes rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ian Rankin completists; fans of caper stories
Shelves: fiction-crime
Doors Open is an Ian Rankin novel, but not a Rebus novel. This means the setting is familiar for Rankin – the gray stone and grayer skies of Edinburgh, angst about the city’s class divisions and redevelopment, Scottish angst about the English and tourists (much the same thing here) – but without that gloomy DI mourning the loss of most everything while hoisting endless pints.

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)
Ian Mapp
Dec 23, 2008 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
I think he was always on a hiding to nothing. He hasnt done enough to get away from Rebus and the book seems lazy - references to the jekyll and hyde nature of edinburgh and name dropping locations and pubs - we've seen all this before.

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
Jan 23, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2017-challenge
Awesome stand alone novel from Ian Rankin.

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
Julie Davis
Apr 12, 2010 Julie Davis rated it liked it
#40 - 2010.

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.
Feb 06, 2010 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had me...and then it lost me.

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
Leslie Weyhrich
Aug 18, 2015 Leslie Weyhrich rated it it was ok
As the Scot's would say, not my cup of tea. You know when a good friend gives you a book and you feel compelled to read it b/c you KNOW they are going to ask you how did you like it and you are compelled to NOT put yourself in the position of lying? And then you have to slog your way through something when there are 20 other books on your nightstand that you cannot wait to read? That's this book.
Carmen Amato
Apr 22, 2013 Carmen Amato rated it liked it
Not only do I write a mystery series, I read mysteries, too. I post selected on amazon and Goodreads.

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
Aug 07, 2016 Inge rated it liked it
To me this books had it's ups and downs.
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
Aug 24, 2009 Eric rated it liked it
The book is about a fairly elaborate art heist, and I thought that the way it played out was well crafted. I was still surprised how the ending played out (typical for me and other Rankin books).

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
Aug 01, 2016 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-k, crime-fiction
Bored internet millionaire gets caught up in art theft caper, involving himself with an Edinburgh gangster. Standalone Rankin crime caper, quick reading. The premise is contrived and strains credibility but has its entertainment value. One could see a movie made out of this one though. I would think the characters of Laura and Alice would see bigger roles, although gangster Chib Calloway would chew up the scenery. They would need a wrestler to play Scandinavian biker giant "Hate".

Rankin as usual
Bookmarks Magazine
Exit Music (**** Nov/Dec 2008) was reputedly Rankin's last novel to feature Detective Inspector John Rebus, and it appears that may be the case. Yet, while many authors--and readers--have difficulty adjusting after a highly successful series, Rankin does not. With style and verve, he plunges pen first into a winning tale about the perils of too much free time. Critics found the Scottish art world a unique setting and enjoyed the book's biting humor and roller-coaster plotting. But be advised: Do ...more
Charlie Wade
Aug 11, 2013 Charlie Wade rated it really liked it
After reading the Rebus series then the two Malcolm Fox books in one hit, I had a break before reading this. I managed to avoid knowing the plot, which was very difficult as the TV adaption was on a few months back.

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
Feb 07, 2010 Wyma rated it liked it
It's art theft by three sophisticated, respectable art connoisseurs. Oceans 11 they are not: one has the time of his life, one has a nervous breakdown, and one gets involved with real criminals. It's perfect in detail, light characterizations, plot and surprises. Well done, but not so much fun as Rankin's gritty police procedurals which I know couldn't go on forever. I miss the sour voice of Rebus and the grimness of his Edinburgh. But I'll look for the next Rankin anyway because he's just that ...more
Jill Hutchinson
This is the second non-Rebus series book I have read by Rankin and he just keeps writing winners!!
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
Gordon Davie
Aug 31, 2016 Gordon Davie rated it really liked it
Mike McKenzie, bored self made millionaire gets himself onboard a daring art heist set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. His team include an art professor, banker and local gangster (Chib Galloway, had to mention that name) together they plan an audacious heist all the while being sniffed around by a police detective and a menacing Hells Angel keen to settle a debt. It's a great book, I loved the pace of it and the dialogue was snappy. It's only the 2nd Ian Rankin book I've read and this one ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Trish rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I like Rankin. I like Scotland. I like the fact that Alexander McCall Smith references Rankin in his book and appears to be a fan. I like the Rebus series. However, the premise in this book is just too "out there" and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get interested in such a ridiculous farce. It is meant to be playful, but somehow I just couldn't muster the state of mind required to enjoy it.
Aug 28, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Al final me ha gustado bastante! al principio me costó mucho cogerle el ritmo, pero luego, según se va complicando la trama, me mantuvo en vilo e interesada en el desenlace, que, para variar, no es una chapuza!!!! No es el mejor libro del año pero se deja disfrutar. Leeré más de Rankin porque me gusta mucho su estilo y ritmo.
Sandy Buchanan
Jul 17, 2012 Sandy Buchanan rated it really liked it
A bit of a diversion from Mr Rankin. An art heist planned by an unlikely crew. Set in the recognisable art world of Edinburgh.

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.
Aug 17, 2014 Lynda rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, fiction, scottish
A disappointing read. Interesting plot but longer and more tortuous than necessary. Love interest included but poorly developed. Professor Gissing to my mind the most interesting character was off stage for most of the time
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 17, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Mike is a rich, bored former software tycoon with an interest in art. With some friends he decides to steal paintings from a bank. He invites a professional criminal who was a former classmate. Things appear to go well until a killer named Hate enters the scene.
Robert Dodds
I picked this up as a quick holiday read and it fitted the bill perfectly. As an Edinburgh resident, and someone who used to work at Edinburgh College of Art to boot (one of the characters is the head of the college) I found the milieu familiar. Perhaps for that reason I was initially irritated by manifest improbabilities in the set up, and some rather clunky dialogue. However, once the plot was up and running I was hooked. I always feel that 'page turners' are like fast food - not really the so ...more
Bill Currie
Mar 20, 2017 Bill Currie rated it liked it
Shelves: detective
Wait, did I just read the great Ian Rankin? Left me empty...a sequel perhaps but what a lousy ending. And the devilish portrayal of this art heist by a bunch of amateurs with all their sweating and back stabbing. Then add the true criminal element of the treacherous thug who then takes over the whole storyline with his problems and participation in the heist. Friendship, love, remembrance, double cross, blackmail. It has it all and too much.

I need to go back and read Exit Music in order to re-e
Garth Mailman
Feb 23, 2017 Garth Mailman rated it really liked it
An Ian Rankin thriller. Begins in the world of art and high finance. A trio of otherwise upstanding citizens have gone middle-age-crazy and are planning an art heist at the Scottish National Gallery Warehouse. Up to the author’s usual standards, not a Rebus Novel.
Joseph Holt
Mar 20, 2017 Joseph Holt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin at his best

Characters richer and richer, details finer and finer, is Rankin the best crime writer in English? I think it's just possible.
Alex Garneau
Oct 26, 2016 Alex Garneau rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Stick to the Rebus series if you want Rankin... The plot is weak and quite predictible...
Jun 14, 2013 Kermit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrill-action
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
Oct 03, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
When Rankin decided to end the Rebus series (although he later resurrected it), he decided to write a stand alone heist novel. "Doors Open" is good but it is definitely not vintage Ian Rankin - sort of Ian Rankin lite. But, it's a fun, fast read with a surprising twist at the end. The hero/anti-hero is Mike Mckenzie (35ish) who is bored and wealthy due to the sale of his internet start-up to one of the big players. He decides to deal with his ennui by committing a perfect art theft. Things do no ...more
Paula Dembeck
Nov 14, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
After finishing with the John Rebus series in Exit Music, Rankin took a break for about ten years before publishing this novel. It also takes place in Edinburgh, but the scene is not painted as roughly as it is in the Rebus stories with its descriptions of battered parks, littered and urine soaked alleys, dark and dank pubs and its worn and musty billiard halls. And unlike the Rebus series written from the view of the police, this story takes the story from the schemers who commit the crime.

Carole Tyrrell
Feb 18, 2014 Carole Tyrrell rated it it was ok
Doors Open

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
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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.

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