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In Scottish author Rankin's intricately plotted heist thriller, software millionaire Mike Mackenzie, high-end banker Allan Cruikshank, and college art professor Robert Gissing devise a plan to liberate forgotten works of art from a warehouse storing the overflow from Edinburgh's museum collections. The trio commissions an art student nursing an antiestablishment grudge to paint fakes to swap for the originals, and Mackenzie's chance meeting with schoolmate Charlie Chib Calloway, now one of the city's most notorious gangsters, allows the group access to muscle and weapons. But cracks soon appear in the plan, with an inquisitive detective inspector, who's been on Calloway's trail for months, getting too close for comfort. Using the smalltown feel of Edinburgh to advantage, Rankin (Exit Music) gives his caper novel a claustrophobic edge while injecting enough twists, turns, and triple crosses that even the most astute reader will be surprised at the outcome. (Jan.)
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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: Doors Open is not an Inspector Rebus readalike, and longtime fans may be disconcerted to find nothing familiar except for the Edinburgh backdrop. However, Doors Open will appeal to those who take pleasure in far-flung settings and clever crime capers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316078786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316078788
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the middle of reading Doors Open and feeling let down by Mr. Rankin's plot and characters I checked into Amazon to see what reviewers and readers were saying about the book. There was such a divergence with newspaper reviewers hailing it as light hearted and an "Oceans Eleven," and readers virtually slamming it. I went back and finished Doors Open.
I welcomed the New York Times book review this morning to see what Marilyn Stasio, the crime story reviewer would say. After reading her review I realized that what the news media reviewers are doing is giving Mr. Rankin the benefit of his past very good novels, while accepting that he is playing with a new genre.
Those of us who so enjoyed the Rebus series, find this novel so totally different that it is like wearing one's shoes on the wrong feet.
Open Door is the story of a robbery gone awry and with players who are mostly out of their element either because they are not practiced criminals or very expert about art. The Rebus series allowed Mr. Rankin to thoroughly focus on character and the unending battle of good and bad in the police procedural while dropping in the social and political changes in Scotland and Edinburgh. His writing is as good as ever with many clever descriptions and conversations. Unfortunately neither the plot nor the characters have the snap and crackle many of us have come to expect.
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I came to this page while reading DOORS OPEN trying to find out if one of the artists in the book is fictional or not. I actually had the audio version of the book and could only make out "Mon" (it turned out to be the fictional Monboddo).

I was surprised to see the slough of negative reviews, most from Rankin fans disappointed not in the quality of the writing or story, but because John Rebus is not in it. This isn't fair, either to the author or to readers seeking to know if this is a worthwhile use of their reading time or not.

As another fan and reader of all Rankin's Rebus novels, I had another reaction to DOORS OPEN: I was a little weary of Rebus' self-destructive ways and enjoyed the new characters. (To be scrupulously fair to low reviewers, I may have two legs up on them in that I have both an excellent audio version and an interest in art forgery.)

Taken on its own, without knowing Ian Rankin had written DOORS OPEN, I suspect many who slapped it with low reviews would have rated it higher. Aren't they just glad that Rankin is writing another series, not retiring?

I hope Mr. Rankin realizes that many of his readers enjoyed the book very much and are looking forward to further post-Rebus novels.

I will even venture so far as to say that many of you low-star reviewers of DOORS OPEN should edit those reviews to reflect the book's very own merits, not just to vote your disapproval of the author leaving John Rebus behind. Most of you wouldn't have to change the review itself, an odd state of affairs. You've had years enough to know the last Rebus has come and gone. Aren't you just glad Mr. Rankin is still writing? Do you really expect any good writer to conform to your expectations?
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What a disappointment! This is a very half-hearted successor to the Rebus novels. The police are shadowy uninteresting characters, and the crimes, which begin with an elaborate and not-very-credible art theft, are perpetrated by a group of caricatures - rich collector, curator, drug-freak artist - none of whom seems to have any real rootedness in the complex social world that we have come to expect. The amateur criminals find themselves falling headlong into an abyss of professional crime, which again lacks most of the depth that Rankin has uncovered there before; for instance, there's a hired killer from Scandinavia who has about as much reality as a Batman villain. Ultimately, the police get everything sorted out, but it's more like the arrival of the cavalry in an old western than the gut-wrenching effort that Rebus used to go through. Even Edinburgh, which Rankin has contrived in the past to make interesting, has no real presence here at all. Door closed!
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The above are the words of a key character in Ian Rankin's Doors Open. These words collectively describe the Edinburgh men, a banker, an art professor, and a computer software millionaire, who are the heart of the matter. These "three musketeers" have no prior criminal record, but they plot to rip off Scotland's National Gallery of Art. That is, they want to steal paintings. (They aren't interested in the gift shop.)

Rankin subtly and skillfully develops the tale. Things start heading south when a crude gangster is recruited for "muscle." This crude gangster is himself pursued by a monstrous debt collector.

It's all written in a refreshingly clear manner. It actually begins at the beginning and ends at the end. The author narrates in an almost conversational manner. No skipping around between first and third person. No irritating (blurry) flashbacks and flash forwards. No leaving the reader at the edge of a cliff at chapter's end and then not returning to cliff's edge until two or three chapters later. Rankin doesn't have to drop in arcane references and phrases that only he really understands. In other words, none of that stuff that authors do to fill space and make deadlines.

I knew very little about Edinburgh before reading this novel, so I enjoyed the good measure of local atmosphere that is woven into the story.

As for the painting heist itself, the reader must decide how plausible it all is. I found it to be clever and it held my interest. Rankin has a dry wit that often left me chuckling.

Highly recommended.
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