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Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus #7) Paperback – 1996
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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