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coun­tries be­cause it is re­veal­ing about the cul­ture’s anx­i­eties and con­cerns.

He likes Kiwi crime writ­ers Paul Cleave, Paul Thomas and Ngaio Marsh (“She is num­ber one”). ”They are evoca­tive books about New Zealand.

“We need more. We need more crime nov­els to tell the world out­side New Zealand what New Zealand is like. It is not just The Lord of the Rings New Zealand, but what eco­nomic and so­cial is­sues there are, what the cul­ture is like. All the things I love from crime fic­tion.”

He is of­ten un­aware of the sub­con­scious fears and wor­ries be­ing chan­nelled into his owns books. It took a friend to tell him what 2015 Re­bus novel Even Dogs in the Wild was re­ally about.

“Af­ter it was pub­lished my friend read it and said, ‘You know what this is about, it’s about your sons leav­ing home and grow­ing up,’ which they had both done a year or two pre­vi­ously.

“That book does have an aw­ful lot of fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ships, sur­ro­gate fa­thers and sons and real fa­thers and sons.

“Sub­con­sciously, I had been won­der­ing if I had done as good a job as I could have done as a par­ent. Had I pre­pared them for the world? Would I do things dif­fer­ently? All these ques­tions you ask when your kids leave home. I was chan­nelling into that book.

“I didn’t know that when I was do­ing it. I couldn’t have said that when I was writ­ing the book. It took a friend to tell me that.

“What do I know? I just write the books.”

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De­spite his global suc­cess, Ian Rankin al­ways wor­ries that his next novel with fail and he will be “found out”. Ian Rankin is ap­pear­ing at the Word Christchurch Fes­ti­val on May 14 and at the Auck­land Writ­ers Fes­ti­val on May 19.

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