Opening doors

23 03 2010

Doors Open by Ian Rankin

For the right man, all doors are open… Mike Mackenzie is a self-made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. He is looking for something to liven up the days and perhaps give new meaning to his existence. A chance encounter at an art auction offers him the opportunity to do just that as he settles on a plot to commit a ‘perfect crime’. He intends to rip-off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital – the National Gallery of Scotland. So, together with two close friends from the art world, he devises a plan to a lift some of the most valuable artwork around. But of course, the real trick is to rob the place for all its worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed. But soon after he enters the dark waters of the criminal underworld he realises that it’s very easy to drown…

Moving on from Rebus was always going to be difficult and you really feel the absence of a compelling central character. Nevertheless, this is a decent yarn straddling different parts, high and low-brow of a fairly familiar Edinburgh. The premise of the art-heist that never was doesn’t seem hugely original but the whole thing is well-executed and with plenty of twists. Not bad and hopefully even better to come.

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