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The Black Book (A Rebus Novel) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752897225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752897226
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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"With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull." --"Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)"" "Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin."
"--Sunday Telegraph" "Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing."
--Marcel Berlins, "The Times"

With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull.

Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page.

No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin.

Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing.--Marcel Berlins "The Times "

With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull. "Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"

Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page. "Kirkus Reviews"

No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin. "Sunday Telegraph"

Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing. Marcel Berlins, "The Times""

With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page. Kirkus Reviews

No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin. Sunday Telegraph

Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing. Marcel Berlins, The Times

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"With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page." --Kirkus Reviews

"No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin." --Sunday Telegraph

"Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing." --Marcel Berlins, The Times

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

Book Description

The fifth Inspector Rebus novel from 'Britain's No.1 crime writer' DAILY MIRROR. Abridged edition read by James Macpherson with an introduction read by Ian Rankin

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This is the fifth novel in the Inspector John Rebus series and after the somewhat dry subject matter dealt with in Strip Jack, this is a return to form in terms of providing both more action and plenty of the trademark Rebus wit. Significantly, it is at this juncture in the series that Ian Rankin first began to visualise his Rebus novels as a series, transition location-wise from a 'fictional' Edinburgh to the city authentic and introduced the perfect foil for Rebus in DC Siobhan Clarke. The Black Book features Rebus centre stage and without the complications of a girlfriend, meaning that it offers one of the sharpest portrayals of his early years. Whilst this fifth outing isn't as tightly plotted as it could be, feeling more like an amalgam of different threads that have been cobbled together somewhat, Rankin does manage to pull it into coherent shape along the way. Relatively directionless when it sets out with a joint surveillance operation with Trading Standards into one of the 'lieutenants' of the Big Ger empire on the go, Rebus does seem to go looking for other irons in the fire, perhaps reflecting his lack of interest in cutting down one of the lesser figures in the Cafferty empire. I have commented before on the lack of specific focus assigned to Rebus, and whilst I accept some dramatic licence, it seems unrealistic that even at the level of Inspector he can almost pick and choose his investigative pursuits. Maybe this was prior to the strict justification of resources and increased bureaucracy of the force, but it all adds to the "loose canon" persona of Rebus that Rankin hones.

The fictional police station of Great London Road was razed to the ground in the fourth novel and The Black Book is the first to mark the move to St Leonard's Square.
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Been reading the series from the start and the books just get better and better.Rebus is a great character sarcastic sneaky and getting funnier by the book.More complex stories Rankin really has hit his stride in this black book can't wait for the next installment and since I am a bit behind I think I will start it now a bit like my own book boxset.
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Excellent read as always
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Great suspense and Rebus as always gets to the bottom of the plot long before you do.
Definitely a page turner.
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The best one so far in the series. I really enjoyed it. A great story and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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I don't think It's Ian Rankins best book, but it's still a good read. If you follow the Rebus reads. Then it's a must.
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Not as good as the rest but it Is still interesting. I will be reading all of the inspector Rebus's books.
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As advertised
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