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A week or so back, I went to an Ian Rankin book signing in Hollywood for Standing in Another Man's Grave. Rankin said his editor wanted him to shorten the title...until he pointed out it has the same number of letters as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; that got a good laugh out of everyone, especially when Rankin said his editor had unfortunately passed up the opportunity to publish Stieg Larsson.
He also said he had a bit of a writing dilemma, in that he's spent the last few years making his internal affairs character (Fox) likeable, but was now faced with how to present him opposite Rebus without undoing all the effort he'd put in. I look forward to reading the book and finding out if he managed it.
Well, I finished Standing in Another Man's Grave a few weeks ago (I forgot about this thread for a bit). I did not think much of Rankin's portrayal of Fox in the book. Other than that, I quite liked the story right up until the ending, which I just didn't buy, and I especially didn't like that we the readers didn't get to see Rebus
get the satisfaction of saying "I told you so," nor did we get to see any sort of punishment meted out to the villain at the end.
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