Sunday 18 February 2018

Rankin writes novella inspired by icon Rory's music

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher
The cover of the new Ian Rankin novella 'Kickback' inspired by the music of guitarist Rory Gallagher
Crime writer Ian Rankin

Robert Dex

CRIME author Ian Rankin has written a novella inspired by the music of Rory Gallagher.

The book is being published as part of a compilation album of the late Irish's rocker's music, called 'Kickback City', which was in turn influenced by his love of crime fiction.

Rankin, whose most famous creation, John Rebus, has appeared in a string of bestsellers, said: "I was approached by Rory's brother, Donal, who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction.

"And when you look at it, the songs, the lyrics and especially the titles – Kickback City, Continental Op (a Dashiell Hammett book) – it all makes sense.

"Donal mentioned that he was thinking of putting together an album of Rory's songs that are to do with crime and thriller elements and asked if I wanted to get involved.

"It was great fun, and writing the story for the Gallagher album was just obvious to me. It would be noir, the classic private eye."

The release also includes an audio version of the story read by actor Aidan Quinn as well as the 44-page novella, called 'The Lie Factory', which is illustrated by artist Timothy Truman.

Mr Truman, who has worked for DC comics and designed for the 'Grateful Dead', said: "I turned on to Rory's work in 1973 when I was a junior in high school in West Virginia.

"One Friday night I turned on (TV show) 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert' and that's when I first saw Rory. He blew me away."

Rankin, whose creation Rebus is described in the books as a music fan, said the connection to his character could get "weird".

"If this album ends up in Rebus's record collection, I could end up writing a story in which Rebus takes out this album and sits reading an Ian Rankin story while listening to a Rory Gallagher album."

'Kickback City' is released on October 28.

Irish Independent

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