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Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Rankin
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Book Description

Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers.

Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary?

Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice...

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    Detective Inspector John Rebus is not a man easily intimidated, so when political heavyweights start to lean on the dour, moralistic Edinburgh detective to stop an investigation, Rebus doggedly digs in and follows the case as it moves from embezzlement to murder and finally to conspiracy at the highest level of government.

    Bill Paterson has just the right gritty edge to his voice to produce a convincing portrayal of jaded Edinburgh copper, Rebus. In the course of his investigation, Rebus comes into contact with all levels of Edinburgh society and Paterson finds convincing, unobtrusive voices for all of them. His reading is clear, well-paced and totally absorbing throughout. (Running time approx 3 hours 20 minutes)


    One of the best Rebus books ... A web of Edinburgh intrigue, brilliantly read by Bill Patterson. (CHOICE)

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 834 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312586485
    • Publisher: Orion (18 Sept. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002UPVVWE
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

    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 wife and two sons.

    Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

    Knots and Crosses
    Hide and Seek
    Tooth and Nail
    Strip Jack
    The Black Book
    Mortal Causes
    Let it Bleed
    Black and Blue
    The Hanging Garden
    Dead Souls
    Set in Darkness
    The Falls
    Resurrection Men
    A Question of Blood
    Fleshmarket Close
    The Naming of the Dead
    Exit Music
    Standing In Another Man's Grave
    Saints of the Shadow Bible

    Short stories:
    A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
    Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)
    The Beat Goes On

    Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

    Witch Hunt
    Bleeding Hearts
    Blood Hunt

    Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

    The Complaints
    The Impossible Dead

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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but still pretty good 20 Sept. 2007
    'Let it Bleed' is the seventh book in the Inspector John Rebus series, written by Ian Rankin and set it Edinburgh. The story begins with a high-speed car chase ending with the two teenagers in pursuit killing themselves. Then a few days later, a man who has been recently released from prison commits suicide in front of a councillor, who apparently has nothing to do with the victim at all. This takes Rebus onto an investigation into the corrupt world of Scottish politics and dodgy dealings.

    I'm a big fan of Ian Rankin, especially his Inspector Rebus novels, and although 'Let it Bleed' isn't the best of the seventeen Rebus books (by a long shot), it is still a very enjoyable read and one that can be picked up and read fairly quickly. Anyone who has read a Rebus book before will be familiar with the gritty Edinburgh setting and Rebus's moody and agressive attitude and his obsessive behaviour towards his cases.

    If it is your first time reading a Rankin/Rebus book, I perhaps wouldn't start with this one as it is a little slow and feels a bit like a series filler, but instead go with one of the best ones such as Knots & Crosses, Tooth & Nail, Black & Blue or Dead Souls. Still a very good read for fans of the series though.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Densely plotted and entralling 23 Jan. 2014
    I have never been into crime or detective fiction before but was drawn to this author because of his friendship with fellow Scot the hugely talented and late and much lamented singer Jackie Leven. I was not disappointed.

    The plotlines interweave like a cat's cradle. The disparate scenarios are brilliantly drawn together, coalescing into a stunning whole. Never less than involving, this is unputdownable. Written in an easy style, with dialogue that crackles and fizzes with dark humour. Conversations sound authentic, each character with a distinctive voice. And one of the characters in Edinburgh itself, the constant background, whether it be the skuzzy estates, the narrow back streets or the splendid New Town.

    Rhebus himself - semi-alcoholic,unhealthy, dishevelled, bitter, morbid, self-loathing,obsessional, selfish,a loose cannon, the bane of his superior officers, with a ton of agonising personal history and present woes on his shoulders - is a delight. A cliche perhaps? - more an archetype. Every character in the book is well drawn. We know these people , or someone like them.

    This isn't glamorous police work -it is plodding, grueling. And real. People eat - often in grimy cafes - drink - a lot - sleep in their clothes, and - the running pun - try to bleed radiators.

    In the intro the author says that his US publishers insisted o a final chapter to clear up the loose ends. I didnt mind the loose ends, but I would have liked that extra chapter because I didnt want the book to finish.

    Quibbles ? You don't commit "harry-carry". And its "imply", not "infer". But how can you not like a book where squashed bodies lie on the mortuary slab looking like "hairy jam"
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    Edinburgh's D.I. John Rebus is a hard-drinking policeman with a little bit of sympathy with the down-and-outs and a strong loathing for the big bosses. Beginning with a double-suicide of two youths who jump from the Firth of Forth Bridge Rebus gets a hunch that there is more behind it. Soon the fearless D.I. tackles about everybody: one of his colleagues, the DCC and men in even higher positions. The plot is quite good but the climate throughout the story is as frosty as in wintry Edinburgh: in the police offices, in the homes and everywhere. No book for aficionados of cozies.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    This book grips your attention from the first couple of pages. You feel the cold Edinburgh weather as he looks over the Forth Road Bridge. You feel the hurt,confussion and betrayal that John Rebus feels as he uncovers the underhand dealings within local government,businessess, the prison service,local estate gangs and his own police department. This book is compelling reading. A knowledge of the local area can help bring the area to life, but Ian Rankin puts you in the middle of the housing estates which in essence could be any city.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Rankin 1 July 2013
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    Let it Bleed is the seventh in the Inspector Rebus series written by Ian Rankin and during the course of this book Rankin tests his detective like never before.

    During a cold Edinburgh winter Rebus is looking into the disappearance of the daughter of Lord Provost and at the start of the book he and his Chief Inspector are driving through the streets of the city in chase of a car that possibly contains the missing girl and her potential kidnapers. The fallout from this high speed chase will leave Rebus asking questions that he might not want the answers too....

    This was a very good and very enjoyable book. Rankin manages to show both the relentless and single minded side of Rebus and the vulnerable and insecure side. His relationship with both Patience and Sammy are evolving and changing in front of us and it is at times, hard to not feel sorry for him as he struggles to be the father he knows he should be.

    The book also sees the return Gill Templer. Fans of the series will remember her as his love interest and colleague in the first book, well times have changed and Gill is not just back...she is his boss. This was a masterstroke by Rankin. Rebus clearly still cares for Gill but she is now the establishment getting in the way of his one man investigation. The scenes with the two in are highlights of the book for me.

    All in all I found this to be a very good book. It begins at a very fast pace with the car chase and the story that springs from this chase was both entertaining and gripping. The only thing keeping it from a full five stars was the volume of characters that Rankin creates and uses during the book.
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