Doors Open

Doors Open

Book - 2010
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Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie-retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast-wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated that so many paintings stay hidden in corporate boardrooms, safes and private apartments. After the auction-and a chance encounter with crime boss Chib Calloway-Robert and Allan suggest the "liberation" of several paintings from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, he hopes they are serious.

As enterprising girlfriends, clever detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate enter the picture, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged thriller, a faced-past story of second guesses and double crosses that keep changing the picture, right until the harrowing finish.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316024785
0316024783
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 25 cm.

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AL_HANNAH Aug 08, 2016

How could I not love so much intrigue with an art heist?

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rb3221
Jun 20, 2016

This is a reasonably good read but not my favorite Rankin book, especially since John Rebus is not in it. The many twists and turns keep the plot quickly moving along. We watch the plan to steal some valuable paintings from the National Gallery in Edinburgh come together quite nicely and then watch everything unravel with a somewhat surprise ending.

AuntJane Jul 12, 2012

Ian Rankin was suggested as an author on Tripadvisor for stories with EDI or Scotland as a setting. It was easy reading and enjoyable - I did read it on a Kindle and it was a good story for picking up here and there while travelling. I'll read another one since the comments here say this isn't his best - perhaps one of the Rebus books - he's got at least 17 so those must be good!

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orharry
Jun 18, 2012

"Doors Open" is one of his earlier books. His later books are much better.

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paraphan
Jun 18, 2012

This is the only book of Ian Rankin that I haven't enjoyed. I wonder what happened that he changed his style for the worse and seemed to unsuccessfully throw together the plot.

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wilders
Jan 28, 2012

Having lived in Edinburgh for over 10 years many of the names were familiar and the story was believable.

Only the ending was frustrating - I was not sure if that is Ian Rankin`s style (this being the first of his books I have read) or if I should seek a sequel

polar_bear Jan 02, 2012

The first half seems like a standard heist affair, then things deteriorate afterward, as various characters encounter the consequences of what they've done. Quite violent, when I'm not sure it was necessary. Inspector Ransome didn't quite come to life.

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Cecilturtle
Dec 27, 2011

A carefully crafted heist turns into a nightmare as two friends embark in a sophisticated plot. A very slow and elaborate sophisticated plot. I did enjoy the characters, the variety in personalities, the description of the art pieces and the evolution of the story. Each piece has its place and there are no gaps left in the plot - the twists are subtle but keep the story running. The rhythm, however, is extremely slow, plodding even - there was enough material to keep me interested but not enough to keep me engrossed, and in the end, I was happy to be rid of it. A cerebral work for the even tempered reader.

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Palomino
Mar 14, 2011

This didn't "grab" me.

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