Black and Blue

Black and Blue Ian Rankin
  • Title: Black and Blue
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  • Black and Blue Ian Rankin Black and Blue 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 Scotla
    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 EdinburghA 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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    About Ian Rankin


    1. AKA Jack Harvey.Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature His first Rebus novel was published in 1987 the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow He is also a past winner of the Chandler Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year s best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.A contributor to BBC2 s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin s Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sonscmillan author ianrankin


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    1. I think the reason I like the Rebus novels so much stems from the fact that they have so much in common with American noir fiction than they do with the classic British whodunit Rankin s frontman is a hardened SAS trained , drinking man with sometimes dubious scruples but one who cares passionately about getting the job done which for him entails tracking down the bad men There s a lot of Rankin in Rebus they drink in the same pub Edinburgh s Oxford Bar , their music tastes seldom stray from pr [...]

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    2. It has been a while since I have indulged in some Ian Rankin crime fiction and this book has reminded me why I classify his books as pure escapism Despite being first published twenty years ago, this book has a lasting relevancy and an enjoyment that can be garnered from a contemporary reader used to, perhaps, a psychological twist to their crime fiction.Some aspects of this novel seemed particularly tried, like the gruff, alcoholic detective whose eyes we see this world through, but, for me, t [...]

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    3. What would series crime fiction be like without the clunky crap I ve wondered than once in the last 18 months, as I started reading of the genre than I had since my teens Answer It would be like an Ian Rankin.For over twenty years, I d assumed to some extent that his books must be overhyped and trashy, as a lot of thrillers are A ten year old list of 100 best Scottish books which included Black Blue at least gave me pause for thought and a vague intention to get round to him one day Rankin boo [...]

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    4. Gold Dagger Winner, 1997 This book almost killed me So I m glad there s been some recompense Ian Rankin, January 6th 1998.Rankin s coming of age, hard boiled police procedural is one of my all time favourite crime novels Serial killer Bible John murdered three people 30 years ago, and then disappears He s back or is it a copycat, nicknamed Bible Johnny, by the press Rebus has his hands full with solving the murder of an oil rig painter and he s under investigation for planting evidence in an old [...]

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    5. So far the best Rebus novel of the 8 I have read In this novel, Rankin uses a story he heard from a friend and builds up a whole narrative which is amazing John Rebus is mobile , he takes us all around Scotland in this book From Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, to the Shetlands and the oil rigs in the Atlantic There are four crimes in this 500 pages novel Rankin s most ambitious so far as I am reading the series one books at time The four crimes connect the past to the present A Bible John and his [...]

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    6. Up we go to five stars Rankin is the master, and here s where he hits his stride.Yesterday afternoon, I handed in an almighty huge work project that I ve been plugging away at for two months In celebration, I took the evening to myself bubble bath, glass of whisky, Rebus Exactly how these things should be done I read til the water got cold And it was great.This is the book where Rankin started to really get noticed, and it s also the book that reminds me how much I adore this whole genre a colle [...]

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    7. Good mystery Took me ages to finish it because I kept getting sidetracked by other books, but it held my interest throughout I had previously read another book from this serious which was a decent read, but not exactly a great one This one was a pleasant surprise A series I ll be reading from.

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    8. I m going to begin my review of Ian Rankin s masterful Black and Blue by doing something I ve tried to refrain from doing lately bitching about the Common Core State Standards CCSS For the uninitiated in other words, readers of my reviews who don t know what I m up to in my life off the computer my problems with the CCSS aren t some Glenn Beckian, Obama s a secret Muslim so let s cancel AP US History goofabout Nope my problems with it are manifold, very real, and based in the twenty years I ve s [...]

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    9. Yet another one of those books you can t put down even though you ought to tend to other needed activities I am in awe of how much great stuff was contained within this one book One feature I warmed up to was getting to experience Rebus sober Black and Blue Yeah, I think I m feeling that way after reading through several of his beatingsbut then he just keeps going strong And with so many odds stacked against him in this episode.We get internal investigations of Rebus for things long past, trips [...]

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    10. This book kept me up at night while my mind worked through Rebus and all of his faults, mistakes and efforts to solve the crime s through multiple threads, lines of investigation and issues with his fellow officers He s in a bad place personally as well through an investigation into a past case that he was involved in.As always, Rankin tells an intriguing story, bringing the reader along on a thrilling ride as we travel across Scotland with his main character.

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    11. Black and Blue by Ian Rankin.This Inspector rebus story is another reason for my being hooked on Scottish mysteries and other lengthy books Icelandic Swedish Nothing worth finding is on the surface Any clues have to be heavily investigated even if it means at Rebus s peril The characters working with and against Rebus are revealed whether in an interrogation room or out on the field making this story all the realistic.The ending is a completely different story and not one I expected The author [...]

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    12. After a tense and readable 300 pages, Black and Blue becomes sadly boring when other subplots become involved The detective work itself is exciting, and Inspector Rebus is a fantastic character, but Rankin s story is ultimately uninteresting and the fictionalised version of real life serial killer Bible John is disappointing.

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    13. I wasn t sure if I should open with He went into the toilets again, just to steady his breathing and look at himself in the mirror He tried to relax his jaw muscles In the past, he d have been reaching for the quarter bottle of whisky in his pocket But tonight there was no quarter bottle, no Dutch courage Which meant for once he d be relying on the real thing.or Rebus sat on a char in the interview room, watching his hands shaking You OK Jack asked Know what, Jack You re like a broken record Kno [...]

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    14. 3.5 StarsShock.Horroris is actually my first Ian Rankin novel.but definitely won t be the last This was one of those series that I was fully aware of, wanted to start but just hadn t got around to it Black and Blue was originally published in 1997 so this is a nostalgic crime investigation relying on police gut instinct based upon the facts presented to them and much less forensics supporting them in their theories This novel is a chunky one but it needs to be as Rebus isn t investigating just o [...]

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    15. I do like a Rebus I like the evocative sparseness of Rankin s prose, and the intricacy of his plotting I think that if Rebus were a real copper he d have been kicked off the force three or four times over just in the course of this book, mind, never mind the umpteen others in the series This one ties in to a very famous real case, and has some lovely detail about locations in various bits of Scotland and off it s shore If you ve ever fancied a glimpse into the oil industry with attached murder m [...]

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    16. Prime Rebus This is exactly what I was looking for, and failed to get, when I read Mortal Causes An extremely heavy, intertwined and self inflicted case load dogs Rebus all across Scotland The best Rebus books offer a strong investigation if not a mystery and, importantly, strong characterisation of the man himself Rebus is the drawcard and he does not disappoint, the cover suggesting that Black Blue is the novel that raised Rankin to the upper echelons of crime writing Given what s on offer he [...]

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    17. Disappointing, esp given Rankin s usually reliable Rebus tales This book reads like at least three mysteries in one I think I shall write about the oil industry no wait, the drug industry no wait, organized crime no wait, two serial killers , and the connections provided by the end of the book are pretty uninteresting after one has to wade through all the extraneous material about the oil industry Could have used a good editor to say, no, this is really two books or three why don t you choose an [...]

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    18. I have read several of the Rebus series, and enjoyed them all Rankin is one of the authors I try to read once a year, like re visiting old friends Also set in Scotland and worth reading is Quintin Jardine s Bob Skinner series.

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    19. A smart graft on a real life unsolved killing spree What it lacks in Edinburgh flavor, it makes up for in its sobering portrayal of the Scottish oil boom.

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    20. As always, Rankin delivers a solid, dark mystery As usual, Rebus is in trouble with those up the ladder he breaks rules, ignored orders, and suspects accuses some of those in positions of authority of being dirty That goes without saying This book takes on the oil industry, gets into pollution relationships between environmentalists and the police oil corporations The most interesting aspect of this book is Rebus development as a character Naturally, I can t say anything than that without spoil [...]

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    21. Rebus is an unconventional DI who does things in his own way, regardless of the fact that his superiors are not happy Scotland 1960 , serial killer Bible John, has murdered three women, taking three souvenirs, now thirty years later,,there is a copycat killer, dubbed Johnny Bible, and Rebus wants him stopping

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    22. An easy read, entertaining if not 100% believable.

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    23. Another good book in this series With Bible John still on the loose I cannot help but see Rankin bringing him back to cause some future trouble for Inspector Rebus Good stuff

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    24. by Ian Rankin, published in 1997.This is the 8th Inspector Rebus novel from Ian Rankin and it s a very good one Rankin mixes a real life case of murder with his own twist on what may have really taken place.We see Rebus involved in several cases simultaneously in Black and Blue , and you never know just how each will tie in to the other until quite far into it There is the old case of Bible John the real killings that Rebus just happened to be a sergeant on and has a dark secret about the case t [...]

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    25. In the foreword to this book Ian Rankin says that this was the break out book and the one that bought Rebus to the knowledge of the reading general public I wondered at the time whether this book just had better marketing or whether it really was a better book.This book may have got better marketing that the previous 7 but it really did deserve it The action is fast paced and the links between the three different cases make you wonder if there is some major conspiracy going on.Rebus is as always [...]

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    26. I see you now, scratching your end and saying I never heard of Ian Rankin and scouring the library to see what speculative fiction he has written Stop you won t find any Ian Rankin is a mystery crime thriller writer and yes I am reviewing his book here.So my secret is out I read books other than sci fi and fantasy I endorse this vice in all of you as well Do not get locked into just one genre Reading classics and other fiction give you new perspective on the genre we love while also being very e [...]

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    27. Black and Blue one the 1997 Gold Dagger crime writing award Ian Rankin is juggling many plots There is a copy cat killer stalking women who sets off reflections for Rebus, a man who works on oil rigs has died leading Rebus to oil and drug rich Aberdeen, organised crime are a feature,and an old case which was closed involving Rebus is being reopened by his bosses and a tv program.The character of Bible John was based on a real killer in the 60 s who murdered three women in Glasgow but was never c [...]

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    28. A earlier book of Inspector Rebus I have not been reading them in the chronological order so this book takes us to an earlier era of Rebus when Gill Templar is not the boss and Siobhan has just lost her greenness in her ears.The killing of a person in Edinburgh takes Rebus to Glasgow and Aberdeen In Aberdeen the oil industry has boomed and is now bottoming out, but it still has a lot of money And with money comes drugs and crime The book is around crime in the cities of Glasgow and Aberdeen rath [...]

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    29. I am a big Ian Rankin fan I didn t start with the first Rebus book, but I don t remember which one I started with Jonathan gave me my first one and I have been hooked ever since.It wasn t until I read the Afterword that I knew that this had been based on a real case in Scotland.But, like most Rankin stories except that dreadful volume of short stories where the only decent ones in the book were the ones relating to Rebus it was a real page turner The other night at 12 30 I debated whether to fin [...]

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    30. After hearing so much about them, I have finally read my first Rebus novel Okay, maybe I shouldn t have started at book eight, but I did It s classic detective fiction the wayward maverick genius misunderstood by his bosses a DNA like plot that twists, turns and crosses itself a range of bad guys each sinister than the last with the quiet, thoughtful one the most sinister of all a series of glamorous locations well, Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands Everything is there and done very well althou [...]

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