Tartan Noir Book Nook: The End of Wasp Season, by Denise Mina By Vick Mickunas • Dec 14, 2011 Denise Mina is on the leading edge (along with Ian Rankin) of the wave of Scottish crime novelists known as "Tartan Noir." Rankin hails from Edinburgh. Mina is from Glasgow. This is not a unified movement. They are quite different writers.