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By the Book: Ian Rankin

THE CRIME WRITER, WHOSE NEW REBUS NOVEL IS ‘IN A HOUSE OF LIES,’ IS GIVING HIS ARCHIVES TO THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND: ‘THERE MIGHT BE MATERIAL THERE FOR SOME FUTURE PH.D. RESEARCHER … LONG AFTER I’M DEAD.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: Too many! The latest offerings from Michael Connelly (“Dark Sacred Night”) and Lee Child (“Past Tense”), for starters. Then there’s Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” which a fan gave me on my recent U.K. book tour. The last book I read was “Hush Hush,” by the British mystery author Mel Sherratt.

Q: Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).

A: I do most of my reading either last thing at night in bed, or when I am traveling. Right now I am doing a lot of traveling. Trains, planes and ships. I’ll plug in headphones, play some ambient music and lose myself in a

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