- Photo taken last week during Ian Rankin's visit to Dunedin as part of his NZ tour to promote his latest book - Standing In Another Man's Grave
They have several things in common of course - both are successful writers of crime fiction. Rankin lives in Edinburgh while Vanda Symon lives in Dunedin, the old Scot's name for Ediburgh. Both have sometimes difficult principal characaters - Rankin the irascible John Rebus and Symon the sassy Sam Shephard.
Of course Symon is still a comparative novice with a handful of novels published while Rankin's list stretches way into the twenties.
I eagerly await their next books.
I lifted the above photo, without permission, from Vanda Symon's Facebook page!