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Ian Rankin writes Rory Gallagher novella

1 of 1 Gallagher - New compilation album Kickback City gathers his
Gallagher - New compilation album Kickback City gathers his "best crime novel-influenced music"

Best-selling thriller author Ian Rankin has written a novella to accompany the new "crime noir" Rory Gallagher compilation album, Kickback City.

Illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman, the 44-page The Lie Factory has been influenced by Gallagher's songwriting and the late musician's love of thrillers.

Released on October 28, Kickback City will also include an audio version of The Lie Factory, read by Aidan Quinn.

Rebus author Rankin said: "I was approached by Rory's brother Donal Gallagher who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction? And of course when you look at it, the songs, the lyrics and especially the titles: Kickback City, Continental Op (the title of a Dashiell Hammett book), it all makes sense.

"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."

Graphic artist Truman, who has worked for DC Comics and The Grateful Dead, said: "I turned on to Rory's work in 1973 when I was a junior in high school in West Virginia. One Friday night, I turned on [TV show] Don Kirshner's Rock Concert and that's when I first saw Rory. He immediately blew me away. I thought he was the greatest guitarist and performer I'd ever seen and I've been a devoted follower of his music ever since."

Rankin joked: "If this album ends up in Rebus's record collection, I could end up writing a story in which Rebus takes out this album and sits reading an Ian Rankin story whilst listening to a Rory Gallagher album."

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