What does one do for an encore when one has been a best-selling crime novelist, with novels translated into 22 languages? Answer—- change the point of view. The novel ‘Doors Open’ does not involve John Rebus, though it does involve one of his colleagues— Detective Ransome. But this novel is not seen through the eyes of the detective, the story unfolds through the mind and point of view of Mike McKenzie… a computer software millionaire who is bored out of his gourd and trying to figure out what to do with his life. All he knows for sure is that he loves art, and there are some works of art he covets…. but cannot have, as they are museum pieces. Unless…… so, yes, this novel is an art heist crime novel. Yes, it involves a known Edinburgh villain Chib Calloway. Yes, it involves Edinburgh’s finest. But it’s focus is on three art collectors— Mike McKenzie, Professor Gissing, and Allan Cruikshank who are not criminals…. that is until they decide to go rogue.
I enjoy this novel. It was a rather quick read at 260 pages, and the characters were interesting, if not likeable. But you certainly miss Rebus and Siobhan and there tete a tetes.