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Black and Blue by Ian Rankin

Black and Blue (1997)

by Ian Rankin

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Longest, most complex, and probably best written Rebus book so far (reading them in order of course). ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Nearly 30 years after a serial killer dubbed Bible John abruptly retired after three vicious murders, he's back in the news again....which mean Inspector John rebus is back on the case. But 30 years have past...and Rebus wonders how the killer could possibly be the same one since he'd be now in his 80's. A young fan...a copy cat?... this possibility makes this case Rebus's worse nightmare walking.

I've yet to find an Ian Rankin novel that I have not enjoyed from start to finish. This author knows how to write a first class crime novel. His character of John Rebus is extraordinary. Sure he has his flaws but he operates with determination and a strong sense of old fashioned morals. Anyone that is a fan of Peter Robinson's Alan Banks books or the Stuart McBride's Logan McRea series will want to let Inspector John Rebus "join the party." ( )
1 vote Carol420 | Oct 16, 2017 |
My first Ian Rankin's book, and it will not be the last. Except for the slangs, this is a well-written and well-plotted book. The entry of Bible John himself as a character was an unexpected twist. But you do wonder whether Rebus is not too clever? ( )
  siok | Aug 12, 2016 |
Rebus is in temporary exile from St. Leonard's. Instead, he's working out of a notoriously tough station that is nicknamed "Fort Apache". His primary case is the murder of an oilman, which takes him to Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands. Along the way, he keeps tabs on the latest serial killer to roam Scotland's streets, a killer nicknamed "Johnny Bible" by the media because of his modus operandi resembling that of a previous uncaught serial killer nicknamed "Bible John". And in addition to those cases, Rebus has to contend with journalists producing a TV program about a case of potential wrongful arrest in a murder that was solved many years ago.

Rebus has a full plate in this installment. The strongest threads are the more current ones, although it was darkly amusing to be following the thread of Bible John, who is keeping tabs on his imitator and nicknames him "the Upstart". The jaunt to Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands provides some excellent scenery and description, and as befits a Rebus novel there are plenty of well-timed punches of humour. And despite being about serial killers, this book doesn't really go into graphic details about the killings, for which I am grateful.

A fine installment in a very fine series. ( )
1 vote rabbitprincess | Aug 6, 2016 |
Finished June 24, 2016. Good Rebus novel. Too much plot, but great characters and writing.
  davidsdunbar | Jun 29, 2016 |
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"I'm a peeper, he thought, a voyeur. All cops are. But he knew he was more than that: he liked to get involved in the lives around him. He had a need to know which went beyond voyeurism. It was a drug. And the thing was, when he had all this knowledge, he then had to use booze to blank it out..." In his ninth outing, Edinburgh's glowering and tenacious Inspector John Rebus finds a unique way of cutting back on alcohol. Convinced that Rebus might lie or try to destroy evidence in the reopened case of a man convicted of a murder he probably didn't commit, the investigating officer assigns him a babysitter. Luckily, the minder is one of Rebus's old mentors, Jack Morton, a former drinking buddy now waging a successful battle against the bottle. Rebus and Morton burn off energy and anger repainting Rebus's apartment, while trying to clear Rebus's name and exploring the connection between a recent string of murders and a real-life Scottish serial killer of the 1970s known as Bible John. The cases take Rebus to Aberdeen and an oil platform in the North Atlantic, but as usual the main action happens within the mind and soul of Rankin's meticulously crafted creation. Previous entries in the memorable Rebus series are also available, including Let It Bleed, Hide and Seek, Knots and Crosses, Mortal Causes, and Tooth and Nail.

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An Inspector Rebus novel: 8. Winner of the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction.

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