The only time crime pays...

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Han­nah Fur­ness

PO­LICE fund­ing may be a source of frus­tra­tion for many, but it ben­e­fits one sec­tion of so­ci­ety: the crime writer.

For it leaves fic­tional he­roes with be­liev­able prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to best­selling au­thor Ian Rankin.

The cre­ator of John Re­bus, the mav­er­ick Scot­tish de­tec­tive who ap­pears in 22 of his nov­els, says that be­cause of tight bud­gets, forces can­not af­ford huge foren­sics lab­o­ra­to­ries such as those shown in US tele­vi­sion se­ri­als.

It meant, he said, that there was still room for his fic­tional de­tec­tive, who of­ten thinks “out­side the box”.

Speak­ing at the Chel­tenham Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, Rankin said: “The tech­nol­ogy has changed hugely … but there’s still only an amount of money avail­able to in­ves­ti­gate crime. In CSI they’ll hap­pily have this huge lab where you can do any­thing. In the UK that’s not so true and def­i­nitely not in Scot­land.”

Ian Rankin be­lieves poorer fund­ing for UK po­lice forces, com­pared to the US, means there’s still room for John Re­bus

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