Doors Open

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For the right man, all doors are open... 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 perhaps give new meaning to his existence. A chance encounter at an art auction offers him the opportunity to do just that as he settles on a plot to commit a 'perfect crime'. He intends to rip-off one of the most high-profile targets in the capital - the National Gallery of Scotland. So, together with two close friends from the art world, he devises a plan to a lift some of the most valuable artwork around. But of course, the real trick is to rob the place for all its worth whilst persuading the world that no crime was ever committed. But soon after he enters the dark waters of the criminal underworld he realises that it's very easy to drown...

Doors Open – the TV adaptation

Ian Rankin says ‘My heist novel set in Edinburgh has been turned into a drama for ITV1. Stephen Fry picked up a copy of DOORS OPEN at the airport and thought it would make a great TV drama, so he bought the rights to it, produced the drama and takes the role of Professor Gissing in the two-hour drama that aired on ITV Boxing Day 2012. I was lucky enough to watch them filming in Edinburgh, and have a walk-on part. If I’ve not ended up on the cutting-room floor, then you’ll be able to spot me in one of the auction scenes.’


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