Doors Open by Ian Rankin
Software Mogul Mike MacKenzie, banker Allen Cruickshank, and art professor Robert Gissing all covet things that money can’t buy. They want the Art that is in the holdings of the National Gallery in Edinburgh. What starts as a fun exercise over dinner for these art lovers turns into an odyssey of sorts filled with gangsters, guns, cops hot on their trail and betrayal. Sometimes doors open, but it would be better not to walk through them.

Doors Open wasn’t knock your socks off good, but it was suspenseful. It was fun to watch the characters turn from everyday people into “mastermind” criminals. Who hasn’t seen a beautiful painting in a museum and thought that they would like to own it? I would like one of Monet’s Haystacks please.

That being said, a good premise does not make a book all on it’s own. Rankin researched well, but there was something lacking. Maybe it was the development of the characters prior to deciding on the heist. The idea of the theft went from idle talk over a beer to deciding how they would pull it off by the end of that same beer. I would hope that most of us would think about something a bit longer before deciding to pull off our first big caper. Sometimes doors open, but it would be better not to walk through them.

Doors Open by Ian Rankin
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (January 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316024783
ISBN-13: 978-0316024785