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Lin Anderson chairs Ian Rankin at the 2010 Edinburgh International Book Festival

Lin Anderson chaired an Ian Rankin event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Thursday 19th August, 2010.
The event review below, by Susan Mansfield is from The Scotsman of 20th August.
IAN RANKIN likes to refer to the leafy streets of Edinburgh's Merchiston as the Writers' Block, home as it is to himself, J K Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith and others.
Last night at the Book Festival, he was interviewed by another of his neighbours, the crime writer Lin Anderson. It was, she quipped, the only way she could get a ticket for the sell-out event.
It is now nearly three years since Rankin "retired" his iconic detective, Rebus, from active service. In that time, he has written two other novels (Doors Open has become his bestselling book so far in the UK and has been optioned for TV by Stephen Fry), written a graphic novel for DC Comics and co-written a screenplay for Confessions of a Justified Sinner, currently being read by a Hollywood director.
However, when he was asked to write a new Rebus short story for a charity (it was published in this newspaper in March), he found that his old sparring partner wasn't far away. In fact, he's still at St Leonard's Police Station working old murders for the Scottish Criminal Review Unit. "The fact that both he and Siobhan are still hanging around made it feel like there is unfinished business," Rankin said.
Rebus is working the same building as Malcolm Fox, the protagonist of Rankin's latest novel The Complaints. He's keeping his head down, the author suggested, in case Fox and his team in the Police Complaints Unit ever scrutinise him too closely.
Rankin believes there has never been a better time to be a crime writer. In Stieg Larsson, author of international bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, crime fiction has "found its JK Rowling", which could create a knock-on effect across the genre. And as crime writing is increasingly taken seriously by writers and booksellers, perhaps literary prizes will follow.
From the Merchiston Writers' Block, to the wider subject of writers' block,
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