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4.0 out of 5 stars Wants Or Sinners
"The Scottish Government intends to hold a referendum of the Scottish electorate, on the issue ofindependence from the United Kingdom, on Thursday 18 September 2014 following an agreement between the Scottish Government and HM Government.The Referendum Bill, setting out the arrangements for this referendum, was put forward on 21 March 2013. The question asked in the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maverick cop with a conscience
Ok, this is the second Rebus novel I’ve tried and I confess that I just don’t get the adulation poured on Rankin. On the positive side, this is a complex tale, told in a more realistic manner than the hyper-dramatic nature of some crime novels, and the setting of modern Scotland and the referendum makes it very contemporary – and yet it’s taken me...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 3 Jan 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent chapter in the Rebus story, 24 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus 19) (Hardcover)
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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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not the best Rebus novel, 5 Dec 2013
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An interesting development in the long term stories, bringing together the Rebus novels with the Complaints. I wonder where we go from here! Not the best of the novels so far. Usual strong plot and narrative, but I find it difficult to see what Rebus' role is in the Edinburgh police force - he just seems to wander as he pleases through each of the cases. His significance and authority draw from the previous novels, not from anything in this book.

A really enjoyable read as usual. First time I really saw Rebus as a very deeply flawed character.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rebus for a long while, 15 Nov 2013
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Having read all the Rebus and Fox stories, I was wondering where Rankin would take the characters in this instalment. Remaining true to the series of combining current events and changes in the Scottish political and policing landscape, Rankin has excelled himself here with probably one of the best in the entire Rebus series. Cracking story lines, plenty of opportunities for dramatic storyline developments and true building of key characters at the same time. If you're read other Rebus or Fox, you won't be disappointed, if you've never read one, feel free to start here and start exploring the back catalogue after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A barry book, 4 July 2014
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A brilant book aboot Edinbrugh.cannae bulieve how real its like when ye read it.ma burds fae ther in she says the same
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put down, 5 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus 19) (Hardcover)
And every time i did, i couldnt wait to continue. Excellent!!! Fast pace. Liked the characters around Rebus. Recommend it.
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