Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime writer who has published over 25 novels, including a graphic novel and two short story collections. He has also written for Quick Reads, an initiative in the United Kingdom designed as easy-to-read stories for adults or an adult literacy teaching resource, by bestselling authors and celebrities. His first novel was published in 1986, and began a series of detective novels, Detective Inspector Rebus, a year later. He was commended for his inventive plots and continual linking between the books by returning characters, though each of the novels can still be standalone.
Rankin’s novels are dubbed as belonging to the Tartan Noir genre, a form of crime fiction with roots in Scottish literature. Because the Rebus novels were written in real time and set in contemporary ages, it allowed Rankin to draw upon present social and political issues intertwined in his detective stories. Readers in Singapore can look forward to how he worked with ideas and themes found in contemporary context, where he considered “what it says about us as humans” and provided a social commentary on today’s society through his crime fiction novels.