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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have him back!
When Ian Rankin last year brought his most famous creation John Rebus out of retirement I was genuinely excited about the prospect of more Rebus books. The resultant book Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel did not disappoint, if anything it exceeded my expectations and was a joy to read so it was wonderful news earlier this year when Rankin confirmed that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dullish and predictable
I have been a great Rebus reader for a number of years. However, I found 'Saints of . . . ' rather dull and predictable. I'm not sure where Ian Rankin can go any longer with Rebus. It seems to me that he and his publishers are squeezing the last ounce of credibility out of Rebus simply to make a nice few quid. I hope he comes up with something good. At the moment I am...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus still does it for me, 14 Aug 2014
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I'm glad that Rankin brought Rebus out of retirement. Interesting to read how he deals with being Siobhan's subordinate and about his developing relationship with DI Fox. I really like the way Rankin uses contemporary events as background to his novels - in this case the impending independence vote.
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Good typical Rankin plot, however at times it got bogged down with the twp parallel story lines. True Rebus form and you can clearly relate to how he's aged but needs to be amongst the younger but equally bright colleagues in Siobhan and Malcom Fox. It makes the loyal Rebus reader feel like that they too have grown with him over the years. A good read but is it the last?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent chapter in the Rebus story, 24 Dec 2013
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Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rankin, Orion, 2013, 328pp.

This is another excellent chapter in the Rebus story. This time, Detective Sergeant Rebus – reinstated at a lower rank as there was no room for another inspector – is working for Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke, and is looking into a car crash in the middle of nowhere. Naturally, they spot a few suspicious details, and slowly the bodies start to pile up, as does the web of crime and corruption that they slowly and steadily start to uncover. Intertwined with this is an investigation by Malcolm Fox – his final one before returning to the ranks of the CID - into a team of detectives that Rebus was part of when he first became a Detective Constable, to which Rebus is himself assigned…

Expect the expected, along with the unexpected, as we see a return to top form with the latest 5-star Rebus novel. As well as some deeply mysterious goings-on to be unravelled, we also get to look into the world of policing that Rebus grew up in and grew out of. We also get excellent characterisation of the regular cast, as they continue to grow and develop.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus and Rankin nail it again., 9 Nov 2013
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Once again, reading a Rebus novel is like settling down with an old friend; you know you're in good company. This latest outing is a series of complex contrasts with a number of diverse threads to the plot. There's an immediate role reversal with Rebus back in CID, full time but as a Sgt. to Inspector Siobhan Clarke. They still spark off one another and despite Clarke's best efforts, Rebus has his own take and style.

Malcolm Fox from Complaints is working his final case in his 'rubber heel mob' role, conscious that he'll soon be working alongside officers he's investigated. He's looking into a 30 year old murder case where Rebus was a young DC working in a team which knew no boundaries other than those they made. Old style policing where any means was justified and the team swore allegiance on the Bible of the title. Who are the Saints and who are the Sinners? Which way does the moral compass point and how long should allegiances last? Events from the past once again spill over to the present. Fox needs Rebus onside and the relationship between the two differs from their earlier encounters.

An investigation into an unexplained car crash is the initial backdrop for a lively paced story which weaves a complex and highly satisfying mix of past and present, black and white, right and wrong. Set in Edinburgh in the context of current issues around Scottish independence, the whole book has a real time feel.

To fully appreciate some of the relationships and nuances, it would certainly help to have read other Rebus books. The backfill is cursory. But it would work as a stand alone. Once again, this story was worth the wait and I'm only sorry that the next one is likely to be a while longer. A cracking story proving Rankin is still heads above many others in the crime genre and Rebus has got what it takes. A big 5 stars from me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebus redux, 23 Nov 2013
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This is Rankin back to form after a more pedestrian earlier Rebus revival. As in the best police thrillers there is a rich mixture of ingredients layered into a very satisfying meal. Rebus and his more precise and intellectual opposite Fox, dance around each other with a developing mutual respect, especially as the latter faces the not entirely welcome return to the mean streets of CID work, a milieu in which Rebus thrives. Siobahn, Rebus's protege gains in strength and authority. Rebus looks back not only over his life and career in the police but revisits a culture of corruption and the way things used to be done at his initiation into police work - and repents. Oh yes, there's a murder linked to the distant past, and a light dusting of contemporary Scottish politics. Rankin brilliantly uses the genre again to reach beyond the plot for his glimpse of the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Rebus novel, 13 Oct 2014
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I thought the Rebus series hadd concluded with 'Exit Music', but I was obviously wrong. Here he is back from retirement, albeit reduced in rank to a Detective Sergeant, whilst Siobhan Clarke has made it to DI. Here Rebus's past catches up with him as he investigates, and is investigated in turn for his role and conduct in the former CID team termed 'Saints of the Shadow Bible'. Simultaneously, he investigates with DI Clarke a car crash which leads into all sorts of nefarious underworld practises. This volume contains all the usual dry wit of Rebus, set within the backdrop of the Scottish Independence Referendum. Rebus must surely be the best fictional detective of the modern era. Excellent stuff!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dullish and predictable, 15 Jan 2014
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I have been a great Rebus reader for a number of years. However, I found 'Saints of . . . ' rather dull and predictable. I'm not sure where Ian Rankin can go any longer with Rebus. It seems to me that he and his publishers are squeezing the last ounce of credibility out of Rebus simply to make a nice few quid. I hope he comes up with something good. At the moment I am finding Graham Hurley more exciting and entertaining, although even he has killed off his one-time main character. I suppose all good things come to an end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am so glad that Rebus didn't just retire but found his way ..., 9 July 2014
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Am so glad that Rebus didn't just retire but found his way back to CID, despite now being outranked by his former protege. A good, meaty plot and interesting characters. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a treat, 18 Oct 2014
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I am always delighted when Ian Rankin treats us to a new Rebus story and this is no exception. I particularly liked the way he brought together his newest character Malcolm Fox, with Rebus and Siobhan Clarke. I really hope this is the start of a relationship that will go on into the future. Saints of the Shadow Bible has all the classic Rebus ingredients, twisting plot lines, red herrings, the faint whiff of corruption and Rebus gloriously treading the line between the greatest cop of all time and the greatest villain of all time. Wonderful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't keep an old cop down!, 12 Jan 2014
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I like Ian Rankin's Rebus books but the attraction originally was the rebellious streak the character showed towards authority. I suppose age has somewhat mellowed him but there is still a bit of the antagonistic Rebus despite his demotion.
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