Black and Blue

by Ian Rankin

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LoveReading Expert Review of Black and Blue

A Special Edition of Black and Blue by Ian Rankin to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary.

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).


Black and Blue Synopsis

A murdered oil rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed Johnny Bible. And a reopened investigation that doesnt bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebuss Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now hes got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his jobor live to see another dark Edinburgh day.Ian Rankins Scottish police procedurals are so gritty you have to pick the shards out of your teeth when you finish one, and Black and Blue is as flinty as they come. The New York Times Book ReviewReading [Ian Rankin] is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781480523708
Publication date: 10th December 2013
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Brilliance Audio Brilliance Audio
Format: Ebook
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Black and 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.'
  • Les Wood - 'Rebus is downgraded, assigned to a worse area and dogged by the past and present. But remember this is Rebus so we are in safe hands when it comes to him resolving all in his usual inimitable manner...a rollercoaster ride, hang on tight!'
  • Ed Robson - 'Rankin is incredibly popular and if you enjoy British crime fiction you can safely add this to your reading list.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Black and Blue kept me on the edge of me seat, biting my nails and trying to figure out the Johnny Bible killings.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'The is the first Inspector Rebus book I have ever read and I absolutely loved it...I'm now reading book one in the series and intend to read them all.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Complicated, in depth writing with a great storyline which divides, separates and comes back together, Rebus trying to solve a case while fighting his own demons.'
  • Samantha Lewis - 'I feel I need to write an honest opinion of this book and so unfortunately it isn't a positive one.  I found it dull to start... So sorry to say I will not be reading any more stories in this series.'
  • Clair Boor - 'A brilliant (and nostalgic!) police procedural with Scottish edge! My first Rankin, but not my last.'
  • Michelle Hodson - 'Rebus is a tenacious, perceptive and flawed individual.  No lover of authority, a renegade detective with a penchant for sarcasm.  A highly lovable character to the reader!'
  • Dana Captainino - 'This is a complex and complicated crime novel which takes the reader on a brutal journey across Scotland...the quality of Ian Rankin's writing holds your attention throughout.'

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ISBN: 9781480523708
Publication date: 10/12/2013
Format: Ebook

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Publication date: 20/02/2012
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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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