A few questions Ian Rankin asked himself because literary journalists don't:
How many people have you done away with over the course of your career?See: Ian Rankin's 6 best books.
You mean the body count in my books? I've no idea. I think it's quite low – one or two corpses per tome, and each book represents a year in the life of Edinburgh.
Ever dispatched someone and then regretted it?
Often. The prospective member of the Scottish parliament in Set In Darkness – I liked him, but the narrative didn't. Then there was the old priest Rebus used to hang out with – he died of natural causes, but it came as a bit of a shock.
Have you ever been in trouble with the police?
Back when I was writing the first Rebus, they...[read on]
Read J. Kingston Pierce's 2000 interview with Rankin at January Magazine.