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Black & Blue

by Ian Rankin

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Black & Blue

Rebus has everything against him, an internal investigation, a possible miscarriage of justice and a pretty tough Glasgow gangster.  Enough to try the patience of any cop, but when it’s the curmudgeon Rebus he really has to tread a fine line.  Another excellent read. This book won a well-deserved Golden Dagger Award (Best Mystery as awarded by the Crime Writers Association of Britain).

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Black & Blue Synopsis

The 8th Inspector Rebus novel from Ian Rankin.

Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big.

As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers.

Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

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Black & Blue Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Totally captivated from the very first page of this crime thriller – but no surprises there as the author and his character Rebus are top of the premier league in their genre.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'DI John Rebus, has his own ways of getting to the truth, and yes they are a little unconventional, but he gets the job done.'
  • Clare Topping - 'I finished this book in less than two days and will now be endeavouring to read all of the Inspector Rebus novels from the beginning.
  • Edel Waugh - 'Rebus is in top form in this, the   eighth book in the series, there is a lot going on with the plot but it does not make it confusing , instead keeps you glued to the book until the very end . I love when a book does that!' '

Black & Blue Press Reviews

'With Black and Blue Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing' The Times

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ISBN: 9780752883601
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (a Format)

ISBN: 9780752874425
Publication date: 02/02/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Audiobook On Cd

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752883601
Publication date: 7th August 2008
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (a Format)
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was 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, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's ...

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