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Rip off one of the most high profile targets in the capital – the National Gallery of ScotlandSo together with two close friends from the art world he devises a plan to li Awesome stand alone novel from Ian RankinMike MacKenzie is a rich playboy with an interest in art Along with his friend Allan he gets drawn into an art heist all the while being watched by Detective Inspector Ransome who is interested in one of Mike's old school palsFast paced action packed and loaded with twists and turns Doors Open is an excellent readIan Rankin shows that he doesn't need to write Rebus to create a brilliant story In fact this one was better in some ways because there was no character baggage There was however a sly reference to Rebus that made me chuckleHighly recommended Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras in the capital – the National Gallery of ScotlandSo together with two close friends from the art world he devises a plan to li Awesome stand alone novel from Ian RankinMike MacKenzie Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable is a rich playboy with an No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) interest Captain Wentworths Persuasion in art Along with his friend Allan he gets drawn Canu Cynnar into an art heist all the while being watched by Detective Inspector Ransome who La bondad de los extraños is Willy the Wizard interested Off-side in one of Mike's old school palsFast paced action packed and loaded with twists and turns Doors Open Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) is an excellent readIan Rankin shows that he doesn't need to write Rebus to create a brilliant story In fact this one was better Enséñame más in some ways because there was no character baggage There was however a sly reference to Rebus that made me chuckleHighly recommended

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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 settles on a plot to I think he was always on a hiding to nothing He hasnt done enough to get away from Rebus and the book seems lazy references to the jekyll and hyde nature of edinburgh and name dropping locations and pubs we've seen all this beforeThe biggest problem is the plot Yes its meant to be a caper and light hearted but when would you have a self made millionairre robbing the national gallery with guns maybe a gentleman thief scenario is acceptable but taking it up to armed robbery is pushing the envelopeMike McKensie is that self made millionairre with two friends inlcuding the curator of the museum they hatch a plan to steal stored masterpeices replacing them with forgeries so that no one knows they are missingAs the plot thickens Mike brings in a gangster who he went to school with fuck me this is rubbish Chib Galloway a man with his own problems not least the police and a danish hells angel called hate after himSo double crosses galore and the start of the book where they are chained battered and bruised to chairs is revealedBy anyone else I doubt the book would have been published The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase is a self made man with too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil The Tunnel in his soul He Secretos del Cosmos is looking for something to liven up the days and settles on a plot to I think he was always on a hiding to nothing He hasnt done enough to get away from Rebus and the book seems lazy references to the jekyll and hyde nature of edinburgh and name dropping locations and pubs we've seen all this beforeThe biggest problem The Secret Treasons is the plot Yes مريض الوهم its meant to be a caper and light hearted but when would you have a self made millionairre robbing the national gallery with guns maybe a gentleman thief scenario The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death is acceptable but taking ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, it up to armed robbery Doctor y campeón is pushing the envelopeMike McKensie La corruptrice is that self made millionairre with two friends Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves inlcuding the curator of the museum they hatch a plan to steal stored masterpeices replacing them with forgeries so that no one knows they are missingAs the plot thickens Mike brings The Purpose-Guided Universe in a gangster who he went to school with fuck me this The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion is rubbish Chib Galloway a man with his own problems not least the police and a danish hells angel called hate after himSo double crosses galore and the start of the book where they are chained battered and bruised to chairs The Academy is revealedBy anyone else I doubt the book would have been published


10 thoughts on “Doors Open

  1. says:

    Ian Rankin's Doors Open is a stand alone set in Edinburgh that does not feature the author's long time protagonist John Rebus It originally appeared as a weekly serial in the New York Times Magazine and was perhaps inspired by Rankin's enthusiasm for heist films He lists ten of his favorite such movies at the end of the bookThe book opens at an art auction where three friends meet Not surprisingly they all share an interest in fine art Mike Mackenzie made a fortune with his software company but after selling the company he finds himself bored and looking for some excitement in his life Robert Gissing is an art professor who is miffed by the fact that so many pieces of great art are hidden away in private collections unavailable to the general public Alan Cruickshank is a successful banker with a taste for art that he can't affordOver drinks after the auction Professor Gissing suggests that it would be enormous fun to liberate a few priceless works of art from the National Gallery's storage warehouse Mike Mackenzie in particular is intrigued by the idea He's rich enough to afford virtually any painting he might want but he particularly covets a portrait that is in the Gallery's collection and that he knows will never come up for saleBefore long a discussion that apparently began as a light hearted fantasy evolves into a serious plan to steal a handful of priceless paintings from the Gallery Mackenzie brings into the scheme an old high school mate who has grown up to become a local crime boss and the game is onThe men construct what they hope will be a fool proof scheme to steal the paintings without getting caught But as complicated as the plan is and with as many people as there are involved in its execution the potential for disaster looms largeThis is a very enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns It's not as dark as most of the books in the Rebus series and fans of great heist movies like The Thomas Crown Affair will probably enjoy reading it almost as much as Ranking obviously enjoyed writing it


  2. says:

    Doors Open is an Ian Rankin novel but not a Rebus novel This means the setting is familiar for Rankin – the gray stone and grayer skies of Edinburgh angst about the city’s class divisions and redevelopment Scottish angst about the English and tourists much the same thing here – but without that gloomy DI mourning the loss of most everything while hoisting endless pintsThe setup a bored millionaire a covetous banker and an art professor walk into a bar no it’s not the start of a joke and plan to steal their favorite paintings from the National Gallery’s storage dungeon in the suburbs As the plan grows it attracts a local mafia kingpin a most unreliable student artist and his Lady Macbeth like girlfriend various police detectives and an enormous Danish Hell’s Angel called Hate Moral boundaries are crossed trusts are betrayed and bad things happen to bad people and good alikeThe main characters are all clearly drawn individual personalities who are easy to visualize and cast in your mental movie The dialog is crisp and fits the mouths out of which it comes Fear not the Scottishness; the dialog includes enough “wee” and “nae” and “aye” to remind you you’re north of Hadrian’s Wall but doesn’t spin out into Taggart or even Monarch of the Glen territory Locations tend to be pencil sketches rather than oils enough of an outline to give you the gist of things but not enough to establish much atmosphere Because Edinburgh crime is a milieu Rankin has spent his life exploring his command of the hard men and the feuding cops is sure and steadyThat’s the good The demerits are diffuse and take on the aspects of an aftertaste The book starts out as a caper story – think of a severely downsized Edinburgher Ocean’s Eleven – and creeps slowly into something darker The two moods don’t necessarily mesh well That this trio of upstanding citizens actually goes through with a heist of this sort – no matter the amount of justification Rankin lays out – is a stretch you simply have to swallow hard and accept The plot probably would’ve worked better had Rankin’s hard men been the authors and finishers of the scheme leaving him to spend time on the organized crime angle that actually is a prime driver behind real world art theft As it is our acuisitive millionaire is just too close to Thomas Crown for readers to not notice the family resemblance Unlike what I remember of the Rebus books I read some time ago Edinburgh is less a physical presence than a series of place names Finally there’s a throwaway not uite romance between the millionaire and a pretty auctioneer that seems to exist mostly to justify the rich man’s choice of stolen paintings and ends on a where did that come from noteI understand there’s a made for TV movie version of Doors Open which is entirely expected since in many ways it has the texture of its own novelization It reminds me of a toned down Guy Ritchie film than an Ian Rankin novel It’s not bad and it’s certainly a fast read It’s just not especially evocative or memorable Doors Open is one of those books that allow you to pass that coast to coast flight enjoyably yet you don’t feel too bad if you forget it on the plane


  3. says:

    I think he was always on a hiding to nothing He hasnt done enough to get away from Rebus and the book seems lazy references to the jekyll and hyde nature of edinburgh and name dropping locations and pubs we've seen all this beforeThe biggest problem is the plot Yes its meant to be a caper and light hearted but when would you have a self made millionairre robbing the national gallery with guns maybe a gentleman thief scenario is acceptable but taking it up to armed robbery is pushing the envelopeMike McKensie is that self made millionairre with two friends inlcuding the curator of the museum they hatch a plan to steal stored masterpeices replacing them with forgeries so that no one knows they are missingAs the plot thickens Mike brings in a gangster who he went to school with fuck me this is rubbish Chib Galloway a man with his own problems not least the police and a danish hells angel called hate after himSo double crosses galore and the start of the book where they are chained battered and bruised to chairs is revealedBy anyone else I doubt the book would have been published


  4. says:

    Listened to this on a long drive Was a slow burn than a thriller Entertaining enough but rather predictable and low on suspense Loved the setting of Edinburgh Scotland though and the Scottish accented narration was wonderful


  5. says:

    A book set in Edinburgh without John Rebus Rankin's main character A clever art heist gets planned and executed well but things start to get complicated A decent plot which lacks a bit of pace at times but still a good read


  6. says:

    Awesome stand alone novel from Ian RankinMike MacKenzie is a rich playboy with an interest in art Along with his friend Allan he gets drawn into an art heist all the while being watched by Detective Inspector Ransome who is interested in one of Mike's old school palsFast paced action packed and loaded with twists and turns Doors Open is an excellent readIan Rankin shows that he doesn't need to write Rebus to create a brilliant story In fact this one was better in some ways because there was no character baggage There was however a sly reference to Rebus that made me chuckleHighly recommended


  7. says:

    #40 2010Read a review saying that this is not as gritty as Rankin's usual I've tried Rankin several times and his grittiness overcame me every time It was not riveting but this crime caper was entertaining enough and had a twist at the end that I didn't expect


  8. says:

    This is just my opinion of this no offense intended to any fans of this author but I really didn't like this bookThree unconvincing characters a spoiled rich bloke a banker and a professor of art who is the most unconvincing of the lot decide to 'liberate' some art works from private collections because they feel in all their altruism that these works should not be concealed behind locked doors However the plot immediately goes wrong on every level when the characters decide to steal these art works not from bank collections or wealthy collectors but from a national gallery ie from a public collection where they would have been enjoyed by the nation at large Their reasoning is that these artworks are not on display although of course they could be if they were available to the national gallery ie if they hadn't been stolen by some selfish cretins who clearly know nothing about art and the nature of curatorship The thieves remove them from a storage facility during a Doors Open event hence the title It's a terrible concept for both a story and a crime and the criminals themselves are as I've mentioned utterly unconvincing The professor of art chap clearly knows absolutely bugger all about art this is nobody's fault except the author's This after all is a character and some art research wouldn't have gone amiss in this novel in order to portray a convincing character The thievesauthor's portrayal of the thieves depicts at least one of them as supercool and gangster material I'm a middle aged mum of two and I'm a convincing gangster The Hell's Angel character has just been pulled from every stereotype about hairy bikers ever and is completely unrepresentative of any real person Art has been used in such clever ways in novels from the eighteenth century right up to contemporary times in novels like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch The tropes of the paintings can be used as political criticism in the structure of the story or as a narrative device all of which enhance reading experience This novel however does not do anything clever using the aesthetic tropes of the art work In fact it really doesn't do anything clever at all The most criminal thing of all about this crime novel is the uality of the writing This was my first time ever reading this author I'll hold my hands up and confess I don't read crime thrillers that often but if this is representative of this chap's writing how has he sold so many books? How has he even been published? Facile superficial poorly constructed plot and characters barely researched it's unbelievable that anyone would waste their time on this trash The potential for possibilities with a story like this are endless the author doesn't bother with any of these however and just churns out a load of old crap Characters aren't likeable or credible Are his other works any better? There was an extract from another book at the end of this one The Flood which just seemed like of the same In that one a little girl whose hair goes white overnight is described as having a disability I don't think white hair classes as a disability even if you have got extreme premature ageing The little girl in uestion seemed eually poorly constructed stereotyped and unconvincing Don't bother reading this if you like literature it's just offensive to those who appreciate the art form


  9. says:

    Crime doesn't pay again Crime fiction doesn't seem to have moved beyond Dick Francis


  10. says:

    It had meand then it lost meMike Mackensie Allan Cruikshank and Robert Gissing are three friends who share a love of art Over a few pints they hatch a plan to steal some of their favorite works of art not from a gallery or museum wall but instead from a warehouse where the works of art go unloved unappreciated and unseen The plan involves a crook that Mike knew in elementary school named Chib Calloway who is unbeknownst to him being followed by the dubious Inspector Remus An art student who goes by the name Westie is commissioned to paint forgeries so the stolen pieces will not be missed during inventory The group comes together to pull off a fairly simple heist It's what happens after the caper that gets complicated and messyI enjoyed the premise behind the heist the idea to liberate pieces of art so it can be seen and enjoyed rather than sit in a dusty old warehouse until their lot comes up I also enjoyed the banter among the members of the crew There were a ton of pop culture references from Oceans Eleven to The Godfather and even some Reservoir Dogs thrown in for humor As a huge fan of those three movies I got caught up in the planning and execution of the heist itself but was let down by its simplicity How does Rankin refer to Ocean's Eleven yet not have some genius plan under his belt? There were times when I felt the author was referring to these crime icons for inspiration and to bring the reader to a state of entertainment the he himself could not take usAfter the heist was completed and their master plan started to unravel the plot became predictable the action slow and the dialogue forced It wasn't until the final scene which we caught a glimpse of during the Prologue that the reader is treated to a tense and emotional stand off For a crime novel I had hoped the pages would have turned uicker It took me much longer to read Doors Open than I had hoped It was not a book I went to grab at every free moment This was the first novel I have read by Ian Rankin who is well known for his Inspector Rebus series Even though this isn't one of the series Rebus is one of the characters throughout the novel Not surprisingly Inspector Rebus was my favorite character of whom I wanted to see Lucky for me there are plenty of books to choose from