A Question of Blood (Inspector John Rebus Series #14)

A Question of Blood (Inspector John Rebus Series #14)

by Ian Rankin
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A Question of Blood (Inspector John Rebus Series #14) by Ian Rankin

When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Inspector John Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316099240
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Series: Inspector John Rebus Series , #14
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 188,691
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.


Edinburgh, London and France

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Cardenden, Scotland


Edinburgh University

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A Question of Blood (Inspector John Rebus Series #14) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing glowing reviews of his work in the New York Times and Washington Post, I finally read this book¿and it is excellent. The writing is precise and the characters are interesting and real. The plot is creative and the words capture the settings so well that you can easily picture Edinburgh without having ever been there. I was beginning to worry that I would fall into a deep depression when I finished the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly, but Ian Rankin¿s John Rebus (Bosch¿s Scottish contemporary) is similarly complex and brooding (and immensely likeable).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Read Up to about page 33 and couldn't continue. Very very slow beginning and it is as if you're reading an episode of law and order.
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ckcmomLE More than 1 year ago
I am the proud owner of over 1,000 nook-books, in under two years, thanks to my wonderful three kids, who realized what an outlet & rr this mode of reading would be to their 70 yr old Mum, with a fantastic husband of 46 years with 7 yrs of AZ. I am an American, born & raised in Edinburgh, Scotland with my Nana & her Family, having been unloaded by the birth mother from Fochabers, Mostodloch on April 12th 1942. I grew up in Piersfield Terrace, went to Parson's Green Elementary, taking short-cuts through the park, past Hollyrood Palace, home. Finally to Portobello High School, in hand-me-down almost navy jacket, white blouse & navy skirt. I wound up ordering, and will order all of Ian Rankin's Books. Mainly, because he is an exceptional writer, but he takes my mind and heart up & down the streets of Edinburgh I loved. Continue your great artistic mind, lad. I offer you a Five Star Guide to all who read you. Clare Spence Johnson{Mrs. David}........
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel is a good read. I would agree with Kirkus that the the ending was too involved. For once, a few loose threads might have improved the finale. Still, Rebus and Clarke are one of the most interesting teams in detective fiction. Good hard-boiled stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His superior DCI Gill Templer thinks he did the crime. His partner Siobhan Clarke is certain he did the crime. The evidence is circumstantial, but DI John Rebus had a motive as the victim Martin Fairstone was stalking and harassing Siobhan. John¿s severely burned fingers and hands that he claims came from scalding water, could have easily come from the fire that engulfed Martin............................................ When DI Bobby Hogan needs help on the investigation of the murders of two teens in South Queensferry, John persuades Siobhan to chauffer him there. One victim is the son of a judge while the other is a second cousin to Rebus. The third dead person at the scene is the killer, former SAS soldier Lee Herdman. The only survivor is the wounded son of a Scottish MP who takes advantage of the tragedy by spouting anti-gun propaganda to the media. As the SAS interferes with the case, other seemingly peripheral matters to include a new stalker of Siobhan complicates this strange homicide investigation in which motive fails to surface.............................. Though interesting, this Rebus is not quite on the par of excellence of most of Ian Rankin¿s police procedural tales. The handicapped John on drugs to ease his pained hands shows little impact except some physical problems like driving as he gets around too easily with this level of burn. Still Rebus remains one of the best and his efforts to prove he did not commit arson and murder while trying to look beyond the obvious in what appears to be an open and shut case, makes for two fine inquiries that will satisfy the author¿s vast readership............................ Harriet Klausner