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Ian Rankin

Nominated Title: A Question Of Blood
Other titles: The Rebus Series Of Novels
Publisher: Orion

''A Question Of Blood' - review by Chris High

Bestselling author - Ian Rankin

Born in Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin has experienced many different employment roles - grape-picker, swineherd, hi-fi journalist and alcohol taster, to name but a few. However with the release of his first Rebus novel in 1987, Noughts and Crosses, Rankin's true vocation came to light. Subsequently, Ian Rankin has won award after award, including the coveted Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger for Black And Blue in 1999

Three of the Rebus novels have been televised, starring John Hannah as the irascible detective, and Rankin fronted his own much-acclaimed documentary series for Channel 4 Television surrounding the subject of Evil in 2002.

Ian Rankin has also written three titles under the pseudonym of Jack Harvey, has won much praise for his short stories and was awarded the OBE in 2002 in recognition of being one of the UK's best selling authors.

He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two sons.

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
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Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
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A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

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