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Saints of the Shadow Bible (A Rebus Novel) Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409144747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409144748
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a novel densely packed with incident and intrigue, and Rankin's thriller plotting is sublime as ever...Rebus remains a remarkably lived-in and mesmerising figurehead of the genre (INDEPENDENT)

Along come reminders of why Rankin, and Rebus, take their place at the head of the pack. A brief phone conversation between Rebus and a colleague is so tight, so efficiently written and so funny that you fall in love with the series all over again...add the novel to your contacts, or at least your Christmas list (THE TIMES)

Subtle, and ambitious... it is a fascinating exploration of ideas of loyalty and allegiance in a changing world, as well as a welcome return for a battered but tenacious survivor (GUARDIAN)

Rebus is determinedly centre-stage in Rankin's finest novel for years. A first-rate thriller but also a forensic examination of contemporary Scottish society (INDEPENDENT)

Ian Rankin unfolds a mystery that intrigues enough to keep one reading to the end (LITERARY REVIEW)

He weaves his dual plots into an ever more tangled maze, and then smoothly, oh so satisfactorily, irons them out again. SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE is a clever, subtle read but most of all, it's a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in CID (OBSERVER)

Praise be! Ian Rankin's maverick inspector is a cop once again... It is a tribute to Rankin's consummate skill that this complicated tale of "lying and cheating and concealing" is so streamlined.... A brilliant return - for Rebus and Rankin (EVENING STANDARD)

"It's a novel densely packed with incident and intrigue, and Rankin's thriller plotting is sublime as ever...Rebus remains a remarkably lived-in and mesmerising figurehead of the genre." (INDEPENDENT)

"Along come reminders of why Rankin, and Rebus, take their place at the head of the pack. A brief phone conversation between Rebus and a colleague is so tight, so efficiently written and so funny that you fall in love with the series all over again...add the novel to your contacts, or at least your Christmas list." (TIMES)

"Subtle, and ambitious... it is a fascinating exploration of ideas of loyalty and allegiance in a changing world, as well as a welcome return for a battered but tenacious survivor." (GUARDIAN)

"Rebus is determinedly centre-stage in Rankin's finest novel for years. A first-rate thriller but also a forensic examination of contemporary Scottish society." (INDEPENDENT - The 50 Best Winter Reads)

"Ian Rankin unfold a mystery that intrigues enough to keep one reading to the end." (LITERARY REVIEW)

"SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE is a clever, subtle, read. But most of all, it's a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID." (Alison Flood OBSERVER - Thriller of the Month)

"SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE is a hugely enjoyable encounter, like meeting an old drinking buddy in the pub" (BIG ISSUE)

"It seems an odd thing to say about one the most successful crime novels ever but I feel that Rankin is just reaching his peak. his recent books are the most interesting and entertaining of his career." (MORNING STAR)

"A thoroughly compelling read." (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

"Praise be! Ian Rankin's maverick inspector is a cop once again... It is a tribute to Rankin's consummate skill that this complicated tale of 'lying and cheating and concealing' is so streamlined.... A brilliant return - for Rebus and Rankin." (EVENING STANDARD)

"Classic crime. Classic Rankin." (WOMAN & HOME)

"Britain's best-selling crime writer has lost none of his extraordinary skill, but there is a little less sparkle than in the great days two decades ago. Now 66, Rebus feels like a man out of his time, which adds poignancy to the story, but does not spoil its charm." (DAILY MAIL)

Past and present collide in a satisfying police procedural delivered in Rankin's customary laconic style. (IRISH TIMES)

"As ever Rankin's characters are finely observed and the gritty underworld his detectives inhabit becomes real even to those with no experience of it." (DAILY EXPRESS)

"One of Rankin's undoubted talents is his ability to manage parallel investigations without ever losing the reader... a richly satisfying read." (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

"Rankin's easy style and constant unfolding of events means there is no temptation to put this down unfinished.... Where he stamps his personality on to this genre most engagingly is in his handling of characters." (SUNDAY HERALD)

"The latest Rebus novel finds the author at the very top of his game. The result is a beautifully plotted book in which two main story lines move forward in a totally convincing and utterly compelling way. It's been a while since we've read a 300+ page novel at a single sitting, but we did on this occasion, and reached the extremely satisfying and perfectly crafted ending with a sense of genuine regret that there were no more pages to turn." (UNDISCOVERED SCOTLAND)

"This is Rankin and Rebus at their very best." (CHOICE MAGAZINE)

Few alternative heroes have created the sort of passion from his faithful audience as Rebus. (YORKSHIRE POST)

"The master of the police procedural does it again: another riveting read that doesn't disappoint." (CAMBRIDGE MAGAZINE)

"Rankin has once again come up with a winning formula." (EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS)

"What makes this more than just a Scottish 'new tricks' is, as always , the quality of the writing and characterisation." (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

"...rich in character description and plots that twisty-turn together until all is revealed. A cracking read, as usual." (BEST)

"Ingenious and a good read." (BOOKBAG)

"It's Rankin's best novel for years which, given that his are consistently the best crime novels going, is quite the accolade." (EAST ANGLIAN DAILY PRESS)

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SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestseller Ian Rankin's latest gripping Rebus novel.

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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 Rebus was back again in this years book.

As was revealed before publication Rebus is not just back in the book he is back on the force and back working with Siobhan however this time the roles have been reversed. Unlike in previous years Siobhan outranks and has more influence and pull than the newly reinstated Rebus. It is in my opinion one of the standout parts of the book the way Rankin highlights the new position for them and shows both of them struggling to fully come to terms with the switch in power.

Another of Rankin's creations Malcolm Fox from the Professional Standards, or complaints to you or me features heavily in this book. Indeed Malcolm who is investigating a potential cover up in Rebus past has far more of the book than I was expecting and the tension and mistrust between him and Rebus is another highlight.

The one minor area of complaint I would have is that after hinting at a reconciliation with his daughter in the last book Ian decided to almost completely drop the subject this time around. I was looking forward to the development of their relationship and was slightly disappointed that more was not made of it.

All in all this was another fantastic Ian Rankin book. Any fears that the return of Rebus would have a negative effect on the Rebus series have been well and truly put to bed with this book. In my opinion this is one of the top five Rankin/Rebus books and I could not recommend it any higher.
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For fans of Detective Inspector John Rebus, his "retirement" in the excellent Exit Music was a sad moment. But author Ian Rankin knows that fans, old and new, can't get enough of the cantankerous, hard-drinking, rogue detective, who plays by his own rules no matter the damage it does to his personal or professional life. In Saints of the Shadow Bible, the second Rebus book since that short-lived retirement, Rebus has been demoted to a Detective Sergeant, but this doesn't concern him in the least; the only thing he loves is the job. He is united with Malcolm Fox, an Internal Affairs inspector who has starred in his own Rankin books, starting with The Complaints.
At times not trusting each other, at times coming close to blows, the two men must learn to work together on a series of seemingly unrelated crimes, some of which span back to Rebus's first days on the force, 30 years earlier, as well as new murder investigations that cross their paths. All this takes place in the context of the run-up to Scotland's referendum on independence, where even street-level crimes may have political motivations, and politicians with specific agendas either push or block the investigations that suit them. Rebus, as always his own man, has to cut through the double-talk in order to find kernels of truth.
Rankin eventually ties all the story-lines together, although it's almost impossible to follow the many threads that make up the complex puzzle of this book. Fans of the Rebus series probably don't care how complicated the mystery becomes, nor will they question the logical leaps that Rebus manages to make in order to solve the various crimes.
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The past might feel like ancient history, but no one knows better than Rebus how it has a habit of catching up with you.

When politics and policing mix no stone is left unturned and everyone can be hurt when those in powerful places are looking to score points against their enemies.

Rebus finds himself torn between doing the right thing and protecting old friends. As the bodies start to pile up Rebus must put his trust in Michael Fox, a man who has little respect for Rebus, and whose actions could lead to John's loyalties being tested to the limit.

Rankin on top form showing us once again that there is always another Rebus story to tell and this one was absolutely gripping.
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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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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: 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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