Ian Rankin teases Rebus fans with manuscript photo

The picture tweeted by Ian Rankin, showing the manuscript. Picture: twitter.com/beathhigh
The picture tweeted by Ian Rankin, showing the manuscript. Picture: twitter.com/beathhigh
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SCOTS author Ian Rankin has teased Rebus fans by Tweeting a picture of his new manuscript.

But avid readers were struggling for clues about the latest detective novel as the pages were shown side-on.

Some urged the author to “hurry up” and accused him of being a “tease” .

Rankin warned his followers: “The book will be as long as it needs to be and take as long as necessary”.

Last month, Rankin, 54, took to Twitter to reveal that his world-famous Edinburgh detective is coming out of retirement once again.

He has previously spoken about the difficulty of letting go of Rebus.

The author tweeted: “Update on my new book - here’s the first draft so far…”

Impatient fan Neal Dobby replied: “Please hurry up......no pressure. Looking forward to reading it.”

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Another, called Richard, said: “Can’t wait! Seems ages since last one. Scheduled for autumn release?”

Eric Hamilton added: “*tease*”

While follower Sarah Graham urged Rankin to give more details.

She wrote: “Are we talkin’ double-sided, single-space, 10 point font? Or single-sided, triple-space, 14 pt.? Need to know how excited to get.”

A few minutes later exasperated Rankin took to Twitter once again to silence his impatient fans.

He wrote: “I don’t do page counts or word counts while I’m writing - the book will be as long as it needs to be and take as long as necessary.”

The Tweet got a round of applause from some fans including from Fiachlá Nó Bhreánchú who responded: “That is such a brave statement.”

But cheeky Darren McNaney commented: “We’ll see what your editor has to say about that!”

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