Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kiwi readers: spend an hour with Ian Rankin

Next month sees the return of one of the most popular characters in contemporary crime fiction, Ian Rankin's maverick Scottish detective John Rebus. Five years after Rankin retired Rebus to howls of protest from readers in EXIT MUSIC, and 25 years after Rebus first hit the page in KNOTS & CROSSES, the hard-drinking maverick is back, in Rankin's new novel, STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE (released on 8 November 2012). The book sees Rebus, now working as one of several retired detectives on the cold case squad, come face-to-face with Rankin's latest protagonist, Malcolm Fox of the feared Complaints and Conduct Department ("internal affairs" or the "rat squad" as they are known in US cop shows), while also investigating a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back more than a decade.

In great news for New Zealand crime fiction fans, Rankin will also be touring Aotearoa in early November, making public appearances at events in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. Here's a quick summary:

Monday 12 November - AUCKLAND

A North Shore Libraries and Paper Plus evening event 
Spend an hour with Ian Rankin as he converses with Craig Sisterson about his writing and his new novel 'Standing in Another Man’s Grave'.
Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm
Location: The Spencer on Byron Hotel, 9 – 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna
Tickets: $20 available at www.eventfinder.co.nz

Tuesday 13 November - WELLINGTON

A Dominion Post and Whitcoulls evening event
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Location: Amora Hotel, 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Tickets: $25, which includes a complimentary drink. Dominion Post subscribers will be able to purchase tickets for $20. They will available on dashtickets.co.nz  from early October (and booking fees apply).

Wednesday 14 November - DUNEDIN

Event in conjunction with Otago University and the University Book Shop.
Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: The College of Education auditorium, Otago University, Union Street East
Tickets: Free tickets are available from the University Book Shop, the Dunedin Public Library and the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.

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