Let It Bleed (Inspector John Rebus Series #7)

Let It Bleed (Inspector John Rebus Series #7)

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by Ian Rankin
     
 

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In the dark days and biting windstorms of an Edinburgh winter, two drop-out kids dive off the towering Forth Road Bridge. A civic office is spattered by a grisly gun-blast. Two suicides and a murder that just don't add up, unless John Rebus can crunch the numbers. Following a trail that snakes through stark alleys and sad bars, shredded files and lacerated lives,

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In the dark days and biting windstorms of an Edinburgh winter, two drop-out kids dive off the towering Forth Road Bridge. A civic office is spattered by a grisly gun-blast. Two suicides and a murder that just don't add up, unless John Rebus can crunch the numbers. Following a trail that snakes through stark alleys and sad bars, shredded files and lacerated lives, Rebus finds himself up against an airtight, murderous conglomerate on the make in every arena of power. It's leeching the life and soul out of his city and, if it can, him too...

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Ian Rankin's brilliant series featuring Detective John Rebus is the kind of blistering police procedural that gives the genre a good name.
NY Times Book Review
A technically exacting series...intricately knotted.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the start of Rankin's powerful and absorbing latest tale, Edinburgh Detective Inspector John Rebus (Mortal Causes, etc.) looks on helplessly as two young kidnapping suspects avoid capture by diving to their deaths from the icy Forth Road Bridge. Unable to drink away that image, Rebus must investigate another suicide. Ex-con "Wee Shug" McAnally shotgunned himself as local government councilor Tom Gillespie watched in horror. Rebus believes that McAnally chose his witness carefully, but when political higher-ups pressure the police brass, Rebus is forced off the inquiry. Pursuing his hunches with covert help from sympathetic colleagues, Rebus tries to decipher a document that might connect the suicides to development plans for "Silicon Glen," home of Edinburgh's computer industry. His suspicions increase when influential Scots hint at rewards if he'll let the case slide. Rebus sorts out these machinations while battling loneliness, toothache (it figures in the solution), alienation from his daughter and the tense reappearance of a former lover, Gill Templer, as his new boss. Rankin portrays an intriguingly complex Scotland, where a good copper, battling frigid winds and cruel manipulators, needs plenty of warming whiskey and selfless friends. (Dec.)
Library Journal
First, Edinburgh's Detective Inspector John Rebus (see The Black Book, Penzler: Macmillian, 1994) witnesses the suicide of two teenagers who falsely claimed to have abducted a runaway girl. Next, a recently released rapist kills himself in a councilman's presence. When Rebus starts pushing, certain that something sinister links the three deaths, political enemies push back, forcing him temporarily out of the game. As usual, Rankin's complex protagonist is assailed by problems with daughter, drink, and department. Recommended.
Kirkus Reviews
Who ever heard of serial suicide? Yet that's exactly what Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus seems to have on his hands. First, the two kids who claim to have kidnapped Kirstie Kennedy, the Lord Provost's daughter, evade a roadblock by gently tipping themselves over the edge of a bridge into the Firth of Forth; then Hugh McAnally, just released from prison after serving four years for rape, blows his head off in front of his handpicked witness, District Councillor Tom Gillespie (who insists that McAnally's not even in his ward). There's no question that all three deaths were suicides, but what's behind them, and what ties them together? It doesn't look as if Rebus (Mortal Causes, not reviewed; The Black Book, 1994, etc.) is going to find out, since shortly after he confiscates the documents Gillespie's been shredding into his trash—documents implicating a Scottish-hope computer firm and the Scottish Development Agency in a nasty coverup that reaches as high as an elephant's eye—he's packed off on an unwilling leave, preparatory to being threatened (not only by his hated rival Alister Flower and his lover-turned-chief Gill Templer, but by empyrean higher-ups with sharp teeth) with the ruin of his career; meanwhile, the Gillespie documents are spirited off by the treacherous District Chief Constable as Gillespie himself lies stabbed to death in an alley. Not a good omen for the redoubtable Rebus.

It takes every bit of Rankin's finesse, and every bit of Rebus's nerve, to unravel the complex plot. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy this author's boldest, most ambitious novel yet.

From the Publisher

“Brilliant.” —Jonathan Kellerman

“In Rankin you cannot go wrong.” —The Boston Globe

“The progenitor--and king--of tartan noir.” —James Ellroy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312966652
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Series:
Inspector John Rebus Series, #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.85(d)

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A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...Brilliant.

Meet the Author


Ian Rankin is the worldwide #1 bestselling writer of the Inspector Rebus books, including Knots and Crosses, Hide and Seek, Black and Blue, Set in Darkness, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, The Falls and Exit Music. He is also the author of The Complaints and Doors Open. He has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Edinburgh, London and France
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1960
Place of Birth:
Cardenden, Scotland
Education:
Edinburgh University
Website:
http://www.ianrankin.net

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Let It Bleed (Inspector John Rebus Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
elizabeth39 More than 1 year ago
The DI Rebus series is fantastic. Rebus is a man with a wise guy personality who can make mistakes and use them to his advantage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Ian Rankin delivers another excellent novel. The plot has many unexpected twists and turns and Rankin keeps you entertained right up until the last page.
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jagOH More than 1 year ago
I'm new to Ian Rankin and john rebus series even though a lover of who done its. I will read all of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book with an excellent plot. Ian Rankin never disappoints. 
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By far, this Rankin book draws you deeply into the world of the character. DI John Rebus is not without some flawed morals but here is a man that stands behind traditional honor. Readers will want to stand beside him in his battle to bring down the corrupt corporate and political characters of Edinburgh. They will want to personally drag Rebus out of a defeated, drunken stupor when the war is still raging, ready to be won. Rankin has created an outstanding mystery. The reader, just like Rebus is placed before a complex photograph of Edinburgh. With continued scrutinizing, with every turned page, readers are immersed deeper into that image. Revealed are the dirty, organized partnerships of economics and politics that drive a booming city. Who will win? How will the final picture change? Only Rebus will decide.