Rankin also admires fellow UK crime fiction writer Sarah Hilary. “I’ve got her new one here, Quieter Than Killing.
I’m a big fan of her books. She’s very good on social issues, all the stuff we’ve just been talking about. Her first one was a murder mystery centered around a refuge for victims of domestic violence, and she makes you think about the way the world is. You know, trying to address the questions of, ‘My god, why does this stuff happen?’ Another writer, Eva Dolan, does very similar things with social issues. I love all these young writers, these young whippersnappers.” Really? That’s what you call them? Rankin laughs. “Well, not to their faces.”