Ian Rankin’s depictions of a hard-nosed and unforgiving Edinburgh blasted the city’s genteel, chocolate-box image and helped usher in a new wave of Scottish crime writing. With his 21st instalment of the Inspector Rebus series currently on shelves, Rather Be The Devil, Ian talks to fellow crime author Michael Robotham (Close Your Eyes) about what it takes to create a great crime novel, and walking the sometimes blurry line between real life and fiction.
Michael Robotham (Australian)
Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 23 languages. In 2015 he won the prestigious UK Gold Dagger for his novel Life Or Death, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. Michael has twice won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel for Lost in 2015 and Shatter in 2008. His most recent novel is The Secrets She Keeps.