Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector John Rebus Series #19)

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector John Rebus Series #19)

by Ian Rankin
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Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector John Rebus Series #19) by Ian Rankin

Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.

Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316224567
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Series: Inspector John Rebus Series , #19
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 65,022
File size: 1 MB

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.

Hometown:

Edinburgh, London and France

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Cardenden, Scotland

Education:

Edinburgh University

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Saints of the Shadow Bible 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ian Rankin does it again. Not only is this a great Rebus book, it brings in Malcolm Fox in an interesting way. I hope he keeps writing about Rebus.
SolverFan More than 1 year ago
Ian Rankin is so good that the reader willingly suspends disbelief, as Chandler said.  The writing is excellent, the characters so vivid that it's only on finishing that a person notices little holes in the plot.  For everyone else who was disappointed that Rankin seemed to retire Rebus, the last two books have been an immense pleasure.  I for one hope that Rankin continues the pairing of Malcolm Fox and Rebus until he himself packs it in.  This book is for all fans of police procedurals, especially those featuring not-quite-by-the-book protagonists.  It has humor, suspense, atmosphere, everything mystery readers treasure.  I cannot wait for the next book, only wish Rankin would write 2 a year.
donnfo More than 1 year ago
I'm about one third into the book, but was hooked almost right away. Malcolm Fox, the Complaints Officer seems almost reasonable, as he works with Rebus on a cold case. Looking forward to seeing where this is headed.
Sayna More than 1 year ago
Rebus fans will thoroughly enjoy "The saints of the Shadow Bible", in which Rebus reports to Siobhan Clarke. The story nicely ties together crimes from Rebus' early years with those committed in real time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ian Rankin never disappoints. I have read all of his Rebus Series. Only wish there were more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ian Rankin is one of my favorite authors: He writes in depth depictions of the characters, set in dark, damp Scotland engaged in complex schemes where the line between good and evil are blurred. Among the best of the genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rankin at his best.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
When the Cold Case Group in which Rebus has been working is eliminated, he lucks out by being taken back with a spot in CID, albeit with a demotion. Reduced from DI to DS, he now is subordinate to his long-time protégé, DI Clarke. Of course, that doesn’t stop the old dinosaur from acting like he always has. Rankin introduces a couple of surprises in this novel, the first being having Malcolm Fox, Rebus’s standing nemesis, as a co-investigator working together. It comes about because Fox is performing his last assignment with the Complaints looking at a 30-year-old case involving the group known as the Saints of the Shadow Bible because they each swore fidelity to protect each other on a stand-in for the holy book. Rebus had joined the group as a young DC soon after the arrest of a snitch who eventually got off on a murder charge through police mistakes. This was in the Old Days, when anything went and they made their own rules. The Solicitor General recently pushed through a retraction of the double jeopardy rule and was looking to resurrect the murder charge. Rebus volunteers to assist in Fox’s efforts and the two learn to trust one another, leading to cooperation in another more recent investigation involving an auto accident and the murder of the Minister of Justice. As with the rest of the series, Rebus shines and errs, but his character and ability always comes through. The author has no need of our praise, but deserves accolades nonetheless. The complexity of the plot provides Rebus with the chance to outthink everyone, but the surprise is that Fox rises to the occasion as a real CID detective. Highly recommended.
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I was really looking forward to it and was not disappointed.  Just wish there were more!  Rankin is one of the best.
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