Let It Bleed Paperback – Nov 24 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Rankin's powerful and absorbing latest tale, Edinburgh Detective Inspector John Rebus (Mortal Causes, etc.) looks on helplessly as two young kidnapping suspects avoid capture by diving to their deaths from the icy Forth Road Bridge. Unable to drink away that image, Rebus must investigate another suicide. Ex-con "Wee Shug" McAnally shotgunned himself as local government councilor Tom Gillespie watched in horror. Rebus believes that McAnally chose his witness carefully, but when political higher-ups pressure the police brass, Rebus is forced off the inquiry. Pursuing his hunches with covert help from sympathetic colleagues, Rebus tries to decipher a document that might connect the suicides to development plans for "Silicon Glen," home of Edinburgh's computer industry. His suspicions increase when influential Scots hint at rewards if he'll let the case slide. Rebus sorts out these machinations while battling loneliness, toothache (it figures in the solution), alienation from his daughter and the tense reappearance of a former lover, Gill Templer, as his new boss. Rankin portrays an intriguingly complex Scotland, where a good copper, battling frigid winds and cruel manipulators, needs plenty of warming whiskey and selfless friends.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Lucky is the writer who develops a loyal following; these fans can hardly wait for the next book to appear on the shelves. Rankin has written six novels about Scottish detective John Rebus, and what gives the series a special edge is the skillful weaving of Edinburgh into the action so that it becomes an integral part of the plot. Rankin also presents us with a "tarnished hero"; Rebus is a troubled, sometimes violent cop who thinks nothing of ignoring the rules in order to track down a killer. In this particular book, listeners come to know more of Rebus's personal life and why his mood is as gloomy and dour as the Scottish weather. Reader Samuel Gillies lends an authentic accent to his recitation, succeeding in transporting the listener to far-off Scotland and a fly-on-the-wall view of some horrendous crimes. A top choice for all medium and large public libraries. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 doesnï¿½t 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 heï¿½s 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 heï¿½s 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, heï¿½s nothing.
We get a very candid look into Rebuses life outside of the police force and realise that heï¿½s 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.
The opening chase sequence is one of the best! Out does most film chases.
Love Rankin's dry wit. Rebus is a great character - smart, thoroughly flawed, and grumpy as hell.
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This instalment following the career and everyday life of Rebus and associates is extremely well-written and true to life. When justice fails... Read morePublished 6 months ago by bookworm
A girl is missing. Two teenagers suddenly seem to jump off a bridge, a man takes his own life at an unlikely town meeting. Ian Rankin's John Rebus is the investigator. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2000 by Daniel J. Maloney