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Let It Bleed (An Inspector Rebus Novel) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Deeper Look at Rebus Sept. 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this instalment of the Inspector John Rebus series, we are given a much deeper insight into Rebuses world, his life outside the police force, and how he´¿s dealing with the loneliness of living alone.
From the opening scene Rebus is involved in an all-out thrill ride of a chase through the streets of Edinburgh. Unfortunately for Rebus the chase doesn´¿t end well, although it has an even worse ending for the me he was chasing. A suicide soon after is linked to the original case and Rebus is soon chasing down clues and digging up dirt. When he´¿s warned off the case by influential men from both inside and outside the police force, his resolve is hardened and he redoubles his efforts, convinced that he must be onto something pretty big.
Just what it was he was on to was a little hard to decipher. Corruption in government departments is the bone that he latches onto and then he finds that he´¿s up against some pretty powerful customers. His job is on the line which means the world to him because as he points out, without his job, he´¿s nothing.
We get a very candid look into Rebuses life outside of the police force and realise that he´¿s not doing too well at this point. His realisation that he may have a drinking problem is highlighted by the admission that when he tries to sleep sober he is haunted by nightmares, so he ensures he has a few drinks before bed each night. There is also a disturbing reference to suicide in the book and the fact that Rebus has given it some thought was indicative of his current frame of mind.
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Before Let It Bleed, I'd never read a book set in Scotland. It was fascinating to see the dark side of Edinburgh, a place I'd only "visited" in history books. The book is as raw as any urban tale, and it was both entertaining and disturbing for all that. The very first line made me want to read on: "A winter night, screaming out of Edinburgh" and the story is off and running. John Rebus is no shining hero. He holds on to the seismic shifts in his slippery moral framework with all the confusion and pain that we all feel these days. He's very human and very flawed, and I liked him. The plot was very interesting, yet with so much political and business corruption in stories today, just the plot alone would not have made this a winner. It is Rankin's expert and empathetic treatment of his poor confused and flawed characters that make this book a winner. I'm ready for more Rebus stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus strikes again Aug. 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ian Rankin is amongst the best crime novelists writing today. His books are always tense, tenacious, and thrilling. At the heart of them is Rebus, a cop with bad habits and a fair dose of caustic, Scottish wit - as human and blemished as they come. Rebus knows that murder is usually motivated by passion or greed, but when the bodies begin to pile up - four of them - Rebus realizes that there's nothing simple about his latest case. In his trail for the culprit, he stumbles across a conspiracy that runs all the way to the top of the Scottish political ladder. If you've not yet picked up a John Rebus mystery from Ian Rankin, you should do so now. Rankin is the thinking man's crime writer. He mixes social comment with deep characterization and stirs it all into great plots and sub plots. Let it bleed is one of his outstanding examples and there's a hole in your reading if you miss it.
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