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Saints of the Shadow Bible [Hardcover]

Ian Rankin
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Nov. 5 2013
When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash. Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police.

Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder. A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re-prosecute old crimes and a thirty-year-old case is being reopened, with Rebus and his team from back then suspected of corruption and worse.

Known as 'the Saints', his colleagues swore a bond of mutual loyalty on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But with Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer - and determined to use Rebus for his own ends - the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer.

With political turmoil threatening to envelop Scotland, who really are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE not only reaches back to the past to find out what John Rebus did, but also to discover who he really is.

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About the Author

Ian Rankin is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian is the recipient of four CWA DAGGER AWARDS and in 2004, won America's celebrated EDGAR AWARD. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Hull and Edinburgh and was awarded the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Rebus Nov. 12 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Every time I start a new book by Ian Rankin, I have the same problem...I want the world to go away 'til I'm done. I'm happy to say the streak has continued.
The world must seem a bit upside down for Rebus these days. He tried retirement but it didn't take. Ditto for working on the cold case squad. So he's back at CID but the best they would offer was DS status, with his former protege Siobhan Clarke as his new DI. That's ok, she's also one of his few friends. They're called out to single vehicle accident out by the airport. Car went off the road & the only occupant, a young woman, is recovering in hospital. It seems pretty straightforward, just a few details to check off. But neither Rebus or Clarke could have guessed where it would lead.
At the same time, Rebus gets wind the Solicitor General is reopening a 30 year old murder case due to changes in the double jeopardy law. It occurred when Rebus was a freshly minted DC at the Summerhall station. One of their snitches went on trial but it was thrown out due to police mishandling the evidence. Honest error or collusion? Detectives in that station at the time had a bit of a reputation for bending the rules if necessary. They even had an initiation ritual for new detectives joining their team, calling themselves the Saints of the Shadow Bible. One is dead, several have moved on but they'll all be yanked in by Professional Standards (IA) to explain themselves. And it's not like that case was an isolated incident.
Leading the interrogations is Malcolm Fox (The Complaints). Due to cutbacks & amalgamations, this will be his last case for IA & he's ready to go. Tired of being shunned by regular cops, he looks forward to being a proper detective again. He just has to survive working with Rebus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read Dec 7 2013
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As a retired police officer I have read many of Ian Rankin's books but in this case I found Ian Rankin's John Rebus introspection very interesting when one looks back upon their career. Rebus is the old versus the new in the world of policing and investigation and he demonstrates the human feeling and the ability to separate the way the world was and the way the world is today. Rebus makes his investigation personal as he strives to ensure justice is not only done but seen to be done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Nov. 30 2013
By lilian
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Rebus is one of the more engaging characters in crime fiction. Ian Rankin allows his character to age--not necessarily gracefully--but with his essential decency intact. He drinks too much, smokes too much. Rebus is a maverick and he follows a scent in his own way. The humor is clever. The characters are perceptively drawn--not always predictable. Some of the criminals are likable. Some of the "good guys" are not. There are moments of profound sadness but these are gracefully depicted. I never feel cheated when I read one of Rankin's books. Nothing is included for cheap or maudlin effect. Plots are plausible. This is one of the best Rebus books and they have all been excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus Returns July 18 2014
By Ted Feit TOP 500 REVIEWER
When the Cold Case Group in which Rebus has been working is eliminated, he lucks out by being taken back with a spot in CID, albeit with a demotion. Reduced from DI to DS, he now is subordinate to his long-time protégé, DI Clarke. Of course, that doesn’t stop the old dinosaur from acting like he always has.

Rankin introduces a couple of surprises in this novel, the first being having Malcolm Fox, Rebus’s standing nemesis, as a co-investigator working together. It comes about because Fox is performing his last assignment with the Complaints looking at a 30-year-old case involving the group known as the Saints of the Shadow Bible because they each swore fidelity to protect each other on a stand-in for the holy book. Rebus had joined the group as a young DC soon after the arrest of a snitch who eventually got off on a murder charge through police mistakes. This was in the Old Days, when anything went and they made their own rules. The Solicitor General recently pushed through a retraction of the double jeopardy rule and was looking to resurrect the murder charge. Rebus volunteers to assist in Fox’s efforts and the two learn to trust one another, leading to cooperation in another more recent investigation involving an auto accident and the murder of the Minister of Justice.

As with the rest of the series, Rebus shines and errs, but his character and ability always comes through. The author has no need of our praise, but deserves accolades nonetheless. The complexity of the plot provides Rebus with the chance to outthink everyone, but the surprise is that Fox rises to the occasion as a real CID detective. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Rankin/Rebus! Feb. 5 2014
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I'm a great Rankin fan but this latest instalment tends to meander and never really caught my interest as well as all the others have done. It lacked the sense of a strong through line. The good part was that it didn't keep me up all night reading. The weak part was that it didn't keep me up all night reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rebus Tour de Force Dec 13 2013
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Detective Inspector Rebus has returned from retirement and, once again, is busy hunting down criminals under the oddest of circumstances. As usual, Rankin presents his star character with a moral dilemma to resolve. While on the surface he appears to be an upright minion of the law intent on putting criminals behind bars, there is something sinister in his distant past that threatens to undo his otherwise sterling reputation. A new law has been passed that allows the authorities to retry old criminal cases, one of which may indirectly involve Rebus. How he handles this emerging crisis depends on how able he is to assert his presence in an investigation into the questionable tactics of an old fraternity of cops called the Saints of the Shadow Bible, a group that didn’t always play by the book and to which Rebus had close ties. This inquiry has been triggered by Scotland’s minister of justice who is in the thick of a national referendum on Scotland’s future. Admittedly, a hard task for a controversial figure like Rebus who has returned to a police force as a lowly detective sergeant with few friends. Complicating matters is the fact that he has been called upon to solve a mysterious accident that has its own, potentially, damaging implications. Essentially, he is answerable to two bosses who either want his hide or have his back. In this crazy world, Rebus is that old-fashioned cop who doesn’t always go by the rules. Here he has to think fast and play smart as he works his way through a number of Saints to find the one who has killed one of their own in order to frustrate the investigation. His only clue is an old Browning revolver found at the scene while his obstacles appear to be many, not least a conspiratorial wall of silence within the brotherhood. Read this book to find out this old cop can still stand for justice and defend his good name.
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I reaIly enjoyed the book. Rebus has always been a favourite and I like the way he trying so hard to be a good cop and dealing with age, diet and health. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Donna
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