At a glance:
- Author: Ian Rankin
- First Published: 2001
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 2001
- Setting: Scotland
- Characters: John Rebus, Siobhan Clarke, Morris Gerald Cafferty, James “Jazz” McCullough, Francis Gray, Allan Ward, Stu Sutherland, Tam Barclay
- Genres: Long fiction, Mystery and detective literature, Police procedural, Novel
- Subjects: Murder or homicide, Police, Twenty-first century, Detectives, Single people, Scotland or Scottish people, Great Britain, Mass murderers or serial killers
- Locales: Scotland
“Scots writers snubbed in UK book poll” ran the headline in the May 19, 2003, Scotsman. The BBC Big Read list of Britain’s one hundred most popular books included works by fifty-nine English writers but those of just three Scots: J. K. Rowling (four books in her Harry Potter series), Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows, 1908), and Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, 1883). Sir Walter Scott did not make the list; neither did Muriel Spark, nor Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting (1993). It was the omission of Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian...
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