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Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus) [Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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5 Aug 1996 Inspector Rebus

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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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (5 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752804014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407219622
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

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

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

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


One of the best Rebus books ... A web of Edinburgh intrigue, brilliantly read by Bill Patterson. (CHOICE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister and Absorbing 1 Oct 2004
By A Customer
With the seventh Inspector Rebus novel Ian Rankin has delivered a sinister and fascinating piece of writing. The book gives a rather cynical insight into the corruptions that can besiege the world of politics and the 'machine' of modern Scotland.
The story begins with Rebus and Frank Lauderdale involved in a high speed car chase across Edinburgh, culminating in a tense and inevitably tragic conclusion. When the two boys being pursued throw themselves off the Forth Road Bridge Rebus is deeply upset, and due to this we see Rebus in a new light, and we see the lonlieness, isolation and despair that he goes through.
After another suicide, Rebus delves into the world of the people involved and pieces together a political time-bomb, a case that could see respected people at the highest level of government implicated, and due to his enquiries faces losing his job. Despite all this, he is helped emotionally by his estranged daughter Sammy, and eventually the pair are brought closer together.
Ian Rankin has produced yet another fantastic tale, and gives a stunning insight into the political world and the troubles affecting Scotland today. Brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, we all need someone we can lean on . . . 3 July 2000
By T. Barr
but for Stones loving, hard drinking Inspector Rebus there is a definite lack of any significant other. Dedication to his work, a maverick spirit and a burning need to uncover the truth in spite of all obstacles are what drive Rebus. This was, in fact, the first Rebus book I read and I was immediately enthralled by it - the writer conveys a wonderful if jaundiced sense of location and character. Do not read this unless you are prepared to become addicted to all the other Rebus novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
Great price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 May 2014
By Colette
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Another excellent Rebus story. Second time reading this and still blown away by the mind of John Rebus. Rankin rocks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another well written book 8 Feb 2014
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once again another well constructed story. keeping you thinking you know who and why, then he throws the spanner in the works and you are off in a different direction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, but.....
...on this occasion I'm with your American publishers Mr Rankin; the end was abrupt and I'd have appreciated a more†definite denouement. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars It might make them more enjoyable - although I doubt it as every one...
I really should purchase and read Ian Rankin's books in some chronology. It might make them more enjoyable - although I doubt it as every one is a great individual read
Published 19 days ago by racefan
4.0 out of 5 stars Talking politics?
Not the most fast paced crime thriller with obvious crimes committed like a brutal string of murders, but captivating characters at the face of immense corruption in the high end... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luke Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars A complex and constantly moving story
The seventh Rebus mystery sees the Edinburgh detective investigating several suicides that seem disconnected, but which he has a hunch aren't as coincidental as his colleagues... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars Densely plotted and entralling
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Captain Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Typical rebus you can't put it down till finished , read all the series now Hope Ian writes some more?
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin
Another great kindle offer which was well received as my husband loves these stories. It is a good and immediate way to purchase a book.
Published 8 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class read
Really enjoyed this Rebus novel, it was exciting from the first page and it held my attention right to the end, excellent!
Published 8 months ago by keith ruxton
4.0 out of 5 stars Let it Bleed
Frightening to think the story could be based on fact though we are told it is not. Fiction, and sometimes real llife, shows It is always the people at the very top who are the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jovie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This is another Rebus novel from Ian Rankin that makes for a very enjoyable holiday read. Poolside with a kindle ahh !!
Published 10 months ago by David Forrest
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