CRIME writer Ian Rankin has written a novella inspired by the music of guitarist Rory Gallagher.
The book is being published as part of a compilation album of the Irish’s rocker’s music called Kickback City, which was in turn influenced by his love of crime fiction.
The Edinburgh author said: “I was approached by Rory’s brother, Donal Gallagher, who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction?
“Donal mentioned that he was thinking of putting together an album of Rory’s songs that are to do with crime and thriller elements, and asked if I wanted to get involved.
“It was great fun, and writing the story for the Rory Gallagher album was just obvious to me. It would be noir: the classic Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe private eye.”