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Doors Open Paperback – September 13, 2010
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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.
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?Read more ›
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.
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Would have been good if the ending, or near ending, was not written at the beginning of the book. Not a good idea.Published 1 month ago by Beryl King
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A little different from the Inspector Rebus series but every bit as good.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was not a Rebus book - I was disappointed to find another detective in charge of the investigation.Published 3 months ago by Judith A. Gehrke
I've read 12 of Mr. Rankin's novels including Falls on Amazon Kindle and strongly disagree with the negative reviews given to Open Doors. Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leopold Devogel
I'm a big Rankin fan, but this book was not up to his typical excellence.Published 9 months ago by Roslyn R. Dawson
Learn something more of Scotland and their point of view. Been to Edinburgh and it is a side of Edinburgh that tourist do not see. Good writer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joan L. Anderson