Doors Open by Ian Rankin

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Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie-retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast-wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated that so many paintings stay hidden in corporate boardrooms, safes and private apartments. After the auction-and a chance encounter with crime boss Chib Calloway-Robert and Allan suggest the "liberation" of several paintings from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, he hopes they are serious.

As enterprising girlfriends, clever detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate enter the picture, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged thriller, a faced-past story of second guesses and double crosses that keep changing the picture, right until the harrowing finish.
 

About Ian Rankin

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Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published December 29, 2009 by Reagan Arthur Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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With Detective Inspector John Rebus (Exit Music, 2008, etc.) rusticated by mandatory retirement, Rankin offers a stand-alone about dishonor among thieves.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Scottish author Rankin's intricately plotted heist thriller, software millionaire Mike Mackenzie, high-end banker Allan Cruikshank, and college art professor Robert Gissing devise a plan to

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The New York Times

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Mystery novels by Ian Rankin, Belinda Bauer, Ian Sansom and James Thompson.

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The Guardian

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It's not quite new lamps for old, more fakes in exchange for 19th-century Scottish colourists, which, if all goes to plan, will result in each of his fellow plotters - a banker, a professor and an art student with a talent for forgery - ending up with a genuine masterpiece.

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The Guardian

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Those who know their Scottish painting will enjoy visualising that early 20th-century painter "Monboddo" - a bit Cadell, a whiff of Fergusson too - and the works of that lugubrious Victorian portrayer of cold sheep, "Utterson".

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The Bookbag

Summary: Rebus might be resting but Rankin has lost none of his skill in creating a pacy plot set in Edinburgh.

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Calloway sees the heist as a segue into greater criminal opportunities, and some of the novel’s best scenes concern Mackenzie impressing Cruickshank with this seemingly practiced criminal actions, while conversely Calloway understands that Mackenzie is, essentially, an amateur.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jake Kerridge Critical Summary Exit Music ( 4 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2008) was reputedly Rankin's last novel to feature Detective Inspector John Rebus, and it appears that may be the case.

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