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Global turmoil after seismic events such as Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump may push readers away from dystopian crime fiction to novels with a more comforting message, best-selling crime novelist Ian Rankin says.Rankin believes troubled times in the real world could lead consumers to search for more light relief in fiction, pointing to the success of British writer Alexander McCall Smith, whose traditional mysteries set in Zimbabwe became popular after the 9/11 attacks in America.There are no signs that Rankin's worldwide popularity – he's sold more than 30 million novels and his work has been translated into 22 languages – is dwindling in favor of younger writers. His 22nd Rebus novel will be published in autumn 2018 .Ian Rankin will be speaking at the 2017 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which takes place through Nov. 12 .
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