Ian Rankin, the evil that inspired him

The best-selling crime novelist tells Books of My Life about his PhD on Muriel Sparks including a fascinating link between Robert Louis Stevenson and a criminal from the 18th century

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Ian Rankin never thought he'd be a crime novelist. Having now sold more than 30 million crime novels, however...

Books of My Life host Rupert Hawksley speaks to Rankin about his much-loved Detective Rebus and reveals which famous crime writer he has never read.

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