Saints of the Shadow Bible Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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Outstanding...very ambitious and very confident with acute observation of the not-so-bonny side of Scotland―SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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About the Author
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 celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received 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.
Visit his website www.ianrankin.net or follow him on Twitter @Beathhigh
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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.Read more ›
Rebus has finished with a stint in the cold cases office and has been reinstated as a detective. He attends to a seemingly innocuous single vehicle car crash, but there are some troubling aspects to the accident that he begins to unravel.
At the same time there is another investigation underway, an internal one. Saints of the Shadow Bible refers to a group of Edinburgh policemen decades ago when Rebus began his police service and was a junior member of the group. They were reputed to be mavericks, to disregard the rules, to use intimidation as a tool with suspects, and the like. Complaints is investigating them in relation to a case where a suspected perpetrator was released by the court, and the suspicion is that the evidence was tampered with and reports selectively destroyed.
Readers of any of the Rebus mystery novels will be familiar that the novels are basically driven by Rebus’ character, both his notable flaws but also his ethical sense. Previous volumes have highlighted his background in the military, and relationship difficulties with his ex-wife, his daughter, his brother, all caused or at least accentuated by his approach to the job of police detective. He is an outsider to the police hierarchy, fiercely independent, regarded as a loose cannon, prone to pursue unorthodox methods but very determined in pursuit of a case.Read more ›
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First Sentence: “Where are we going?”
John Rebus is out of retirement, demoted and now reporting to his protégée, Siobhan Clarke. Read more
If you loved the earlier Rebus novels this won't disappoint. He is back, but in an interestingly different role. Love it.Published 17 months ago by Becky Wandio
DS Rebus aptly illustrates being retired is not necessarily the end of your career. He is back with his old gang, but not just for reminiscing, laughs and drinkies. Read morePublished 21 months ago by bookworm
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Donna
Inspector Rebus at his usual best.Ian Rankin spins a great storyPublished 22 months ago by S. Adams