A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
3/19/1987 Inspector Rebus arrives
March 19, 1987. Ian Rankin wrote Knots and Crosses, published on this date,while a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. It was the first novel to feature John Rebus (who happened to live just across the street from Rankin. Amazing coincidence.) Rankin claimed he was amazed to discover that he had written a crime novel, a genre with which he was unfamiliar. He seems to have warmed up to the field. Rebus #20 will be published soon.