The creator of the Edgar Award–winning Inspector Rebus series, and the winner of a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, Scottish noir master Ian Rankin returns to Edinburgh for this standalone caper. Retired software mogul and art lover Mike Mackenzie attends an auction with fellow art enthusiast Allan Cruikshank and art professor Robert Gissing. Bemoaning the fact that so many brilliant works are locked away in museum vaults and corporate collections, and inspired by a chance meeting with an old schoolmate who is now a crime boss, Allan and Robert hatch a plan to "liberate" a number of canvases from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, Mike hopes they're serious.
"An immensely satisfying, bloody and constantly surprising story of middle-class amateurs mixing it with the big boys. And, as usual, Edinburgh—'a village masquerading as a city'—is a character in itself."—Evening Standard (London)
"Doors Open is a lot of fun. It's pacy, witty, full of action, twists and splendid dialogue. And Rebus does make a subtle appearance when an officer describes his police station as 'a damn sight quieter since you-know-who retired'."—Times (London)
"Because Rankin is a master storyteller, that means the reader is quickly swept up and carried along. I read this in one sitting, on a swelteringly hot beach in Greece; I kept meaning to do other things—find a beer, fetch a sunhat, check the BlackBerry—but somehow had to keep putting them off until I finished this chapter; and then the next; until I'd reached the end."—Guardian (London)