Black and Blue (Inspector John Rebus Series #8)

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A murdered oil-rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed "Johnny Bible." And a reopened investigation that doesn't bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus's Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he's got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job - or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.
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Overview

A murdered oil-rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed "Johnny Bible." And a reopened investigation that doesn't bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus's Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he's got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job - or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A powerfully complex crime novel that offers a panoramic portrait of modern Scotland, from Glasgow gangland to the oil platforms of the North Sea."

Mail on Sunday

 

"Rankin excels himself here as Rebus comes of age… a first-rate and gripping novel."

Sunday Times

 

"Rankin's dexterity in juggling plots and threats and motives lights up the darkness with a poet's grace. Reading him is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"Rankin's book is long and complex but rich in character and incident as Rebus dodges his investigators, follows his hunches into some violent confrontations, and explores the strange mid-ocean world of North Sea oil."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Ian Rankin is a novelist of great scope, depth and power and Black & Blue is a dark, intensely evocative and altogether riveting thriller."

—Jonathan Kellerman

Entertainment Weekly
Brilliant...the kind of blistering police procedural that gives the genre a good name....Rankin's prose is so graceful, the complicated plot so seamless, and the portraits of even minor characters so searing, it makes for an almost flawless performance.
New York Times Book Review
Ian Rankin's Scottish police procedurals are so gritty you have to pick the shards out of your teeth when you finish one, and Black and Blue is as flinty as they come.
Kirkus Reviews
Nearly 30 years after a serial killer dubbed Bible John abruptly retired after three vicious murders, he's back in the news again. Johnny Bible, an equally perverted killer who seems to be much younger, is imitating him with a gusto that suggests close research. Even though he knew one of Johnny Bible's victims, Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus is in no position to take on this new case; he's got his hands full with a murdered oil-rig painter and the threatened reopening of a case in which he and his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes, may have planted evidence years and years ago that framed Lenny Spaven, who went to his death insisting he was innocent. When Rebus takes a few days in Aberdeen to visit the oil company's headquarters and incidentally chat up the locals about another of Johnny Bible's victims, he ends up under suspicion of killing a fourth victim himself and gets stuck with a minder who'll report his every move back to the very same Chief Inspector who's been put in charge of the Spaven case. Can things get any worse? Of course they can. For even though Rebus is behind the eight-ball, another avenger—Bible John himself—is prepared to do whatever it takes to catch the copycat.

Rebus's eighth case (Let It Bleed, 1996, etc.) is his biggest and most grueling so far. Yet Rankin's dexterity in juggling plots and threats and motives lights up the darkness with a poet's grace. Reading him is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312966775
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1999
  • Series: Inspector John Rebus Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

"I grew up in a small coal-mining town in central Scotland. I was always interested in stories. Even though the town had no book stores (and my parents were not great readers), I made full use of the local library. It was mind-boggling to me that (at the age of 11 or 12) I could not gain access to a movie theatre to see such classics as The Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, or Straw Dogs, yet no one stopped me from borrowing these titles from my library. Books seemed to have about them a whiff of the illicit and the dangerous. That was all the encouragement I needed. I went to university in 1978, joined a punk band (on vocals), and continued to write a lot of song lyrics and poems. However, I found that my poems were actually 'telling stories', and so started to write short stories.

A few of these found publication and even won some awards. Then one story raged out of control and became my first novel. It was never published, but that didn't matter: I was now a novelist. I stumbled on Detective Inspector John Rebus by accident while attempting to write an update of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Rebus would be my Jekyll, his Hyde a character from his past. Along the way, I discovered that a cop is a good 'tool,' a way of looking at contemporary society, its rights and wrongs. Rebus, I decided, would stick around. Meantime, I finished unviersity, moved to London for four years (where I worked first as a college secretary, later as a hi-fi/audio journalist), then rural France for six years. Both my sons were born in France. By the time the oldest had reached school age, we'd decided to move back to Scotland. I now live and work in Edinburgh, and the Rebus novels have gone from strength to strength in terms of sales and recognition."

Author biography courtesy of Little, Brown & Company

Good To Know

Before making it as an author Rankin held a wide variety of gigs, including working in a chicken factory, as a swineherd, a grape-picker, and a tax collector. He even performed as the frontman of the short-lived punk band, The Dancing Pigs.

He has broken Irvine Welsh and Iain Banks's records, with six titles in the Scottish top 10 bestseller list simultaneously.

His favorite/inspirational books include pretty much anything by James Ellroy, Ruth Rendell, and Raymond Chandler—plus classics of Scottish Literature such as Robert Louis Strevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other "desert island" titles include Martin Amis's Money, Anthony Burgess's Earthly Powers, Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time and Ian McEwan's First Love, Last Rites.

His favorite web site is http://www.oxfordbar.com — the official web site of Rebus's favourite Edinburgh tavern!

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Harvey
    2. Hometown:
      Edinburgh, London and France
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardenden, Scotland
    1. Education:
      Edinburgh University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    I have all the Rebus books and like almost every one except the

    I have all the Rebus books and like almost every one except the first one. This is a book you can pick up and read over a weekend.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Very enjoyable, I didn't want to put it down!

    A crime thriller set in Edinburgh, quite fast paced with a couple of absorbing story lines being told alongside one another. Gritty.
    I have read a number of Ian Rankin's books, mostly with Rebus as the main character, I have found them all to be a great read.
    Check out Rebus on DVD too (Ken Stott does a brilliant job portraying Rebus)... and on the plus side they keep pretty true to the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Top notch entertainment

    All the Rebus novels are page turners. Rebus as a character is so real, and so well defined, you find yourself wondering what he's doing this summer and if you shouldn't send him an interesting CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Rebus. A homestyle policeman.the truth and nothing but the truth

    I read each novel with the knowledge of Edinburgh, the stories seem true to life, the dialect as is. Ian Rankin has created a policeman of true nature to Edinburgh, each novel is a must read, and if you lay it down, make sure you remember where you put it..do not loose it.

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