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Doors Open

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,995 Ratings  ·  350 Reviews
Set in a very different Edinburgh to that inhabited by DI John Rebus, this thriller centres on the glamorous uber-world of the Scottish capital. Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. Together with two friends, he hatches a plan to rob the National Gallery of Scotland.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Not Avail (first published 2007)
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James Thane
Feb 03, 2012 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Davis
#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.
Mar 10, 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
Carmen Amato
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 29, 2009 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Leslie Weyhrich
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.
Charlie Wade
Aug 21, 2013 Charlie Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula Dembeck
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.

A light-weight, stand-alone thriller written after Exit Music , the book that many assumed ended the Rebus series. Doors Open is written from the point of view of the thieves and presents their story. Mike Mackenzie becomes the central character in the narrative, while his co-conspirators, a couple of gangsters, and a police officer fill out the cast. This is a tribute to Rankin's story-telling ability because I really didn't care for the characters and thought the theft was too casually plann ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the more well-known Rebus books (Rebus is a character who lifts everything around him) this is largely a lightweight story, though it has an intricate plot and some considerable violence towards the end. But it shows that Rankin isn't going to die as an author if he's not writing about Rebus.

The main character here isn't as rounded as Rebus, and he and the other characters are mostly subservient to the plot. The characters aren't memorable, as Rebus is, but they do well enough given
Jul 19, 2015 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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What is the imperative that drives a writer to create? Is it born from the exhilarating and overwhelming excitement that surfaces from simply a skilled combination of beautifully selected words-that magical awareness of being able to change minds and hearts through the highest form of communication there is, or does that power and urgent need to possess language come from that rarest of gifts-the ability to keep turning a phrase until it catches the light, and then slot it into the perfectly cra ...more
Tim Johnson
One of my goals this year was to explore with my reading. That's what lead me to read things like Rowell's Elanor and Park. It's also what lead me to read this book by Ian Rankin. I grabbed it completely at random, having vowed I would tackle at least one mystery.

First off, This book reinforced my dislike of Scottish art professors. I never liked that Gissing character and probably would have smacked him the first time he proposed an art heist. Anyway, I was going through this one while reading
I wish had never read this book: or better still, Ian Rankin had never written it.Then I would have continued loving Ian Rankin for his writing. But this book has changed it all. I think I need to read another Rebus novel to restore the status quo of my opinion of Ian Rankin's writing prowess.

I discovered Ian Rankin only last year, thanks to the recommendation of a dear friend. And Ian Rankin became my favourite author from the word "go". After finishing the very first book, I had decided that I
James Perkins
In somewhat of a departure for author Ian Rankin, he has written a standalone novel about three friends who stage an art heist, which of course doesn't go quite to plan. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with this book. The characters are all stereotypes: boring upper-middle class twits, local Scottish gangsters, typical hash-smoking students, and an interfering policeman not on the case who nevertheless suspects what his colleagues are too blind to see. All of them (save perhaps the polic ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris Duncan
Apr 03, 2016 Chris Duncan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful. Never read a Rankin before but know he's well thought of. A friend lent me this and told me its a ripping yarn and a page turner but as soon as the main character is introduced as an everyman who rode his tech friend's coat tails to millionairedom before selling up, i became wary. The story is full of cliches and he seems desperate for us to know hiw well he knows Edinburgh, name dropping pubs, shops and streets with relish.
As soon as our protagonist bumps into the most badass gangs
Nick Davies
I really struggled with the first part of this book, which was a great disappointment, but things improved a bit as the book continued. I ended up decidedly uncertain about Rankin's ability as a writer, and am not sure how much to be dissuaded from trying a Rebus novel at some point by this 'non-Rebus' Edinburgh crime novel.

Initially my reservations were about the writing style - the opening chapters did seem to have too much description in them (not so much long wordy descriptions about a small
Nov 27, 2014 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carole Tyrrell
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
Fredrick Danysh
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.
Sandy Buchanan
Jul 17, 2012 Sandy Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Phyllis Gauker
Jun 01, 2015 Phyllis Gauker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books which contain moral dilemmas, and this one does, even though the temptation involved in art forgery might not be one that all readers can relate to, it does touch on one we all possess: greed. Not doing a misdeed because of lack of funds or an illness that needs treatment or any high minded thing that might require an examination of the changing morals due to circumstance. No, just plain old greed by the already well to do. Characters are well developed. There is another, interesti ...more
Vivienne Neal
Feb 26, 2015 Vivienne Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Cat and Mouse Mystery

This page-turning crime story, with a touch of wit, deception, thievery, forgery, betrayal, greed, and manipulation, has distinctive characters and great dialogue. Protagonist Mike McKenzie is a self-made millionaire, who seems to be bored with his life, so he decides to add more excitement to his existence by planning and committing the perfect crime, until things go haywire. Edinburgh, a quiet little town in Scotland, is the scenery for this lively-paced plot, serv
Oct 15, 2014 Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Kidd
A light effort for Rankin, where it is apparent by the tone that no-one would actually be killed (spoilers!) and that it would have a relatively happy ending. As far as I know this hasn't been followed up, but the ending in fact ends with the door very much open for more.

I went from reasonably enjoying this (not a touch on Rebus, but the characters stand no chance of being so established so quickly), to being bored whilst the actual "heist" goes on, before it got more interesting with DI Ransome
Mar 21, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published as a serial in the New York Times Magazine, this is a fairly lightweight Rankin novel, a heist tale set in the Edinburgh art world -- at least, on the fringes of Edinburgh's art-collecting world. Up until the heist itself, it's all great fun; thereafter, as things fall apart amidst the inevitable doubts and doublecrosses, the narrative becomes less compelling.

Overall, this is entertaining but forgettable, as these New York Times Magazine-serialized novels tend to be (to judg
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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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