An writer of crime fiction, he’s most widely known for his Inspector Rebus books. His many literary honors are the Edgar Award, the CWA Silver Dagger, as well as the Grand Prix du Roman Noir. He graduated in the School of Edinburgh and continued to create his first book, The Overflow, in 1986. For his literary achievements, he received an Purchase of the United kingdom Empire designation in 2002. He was created in Cardenden, Scotland. While functioning being a novelist, he resided in both Britain and France. He made an appearance on article writer/chef Anthony Bourdain’s Television series No Reservations.