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on 12 March 2017
After a couple of pretty drab efforts where Rebus was threatening to turn into a cartoon of himself, Saints is a welcome return. A looping, convoluted plot gives ample space for all the acerbic wit and street smarts of Rebus to once more come to the fore. Malcolm Fox is slowly but surely developing into an interesting character and Soibhon Clarke is equally back to being a stand alone force, not merely a side kick.
But it's the Fox/Rebus combo that promises most. A series revitalised.
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on 12 April 2017
The worst day's work for Ian Rankin was retiring John Rebus from the Police Force.
The best day's work he did was changing his mind and Rebus joining back up again, only at the slightly lower rank of Det. Sgt.
As always, the plot, twists and turns, and Rebus's dogged determination to get to the truth of the matter, are excellent. What makes me love him even more is the way his mind works and the fact that he's a bit of a lone wolf.
Great book, really well written and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series almost immediately.
Nice work, Mr. Rankin!
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on 24 March 2017
Cracking story that moves along at a good pace. Having seen the TV series, I know what Rebus looks like and as I consider John Hannah to be such a brilliant actor this somehow adds to the pleasure! Anyway, about the book. I loved it going back to his early days, meeting his old work mates and hearing what happened. Also, the dilemma of loyalty versus honesty was skillfully handled. Yet another good book from Mr Rankin-I read this immediately after Dogs in the Wild and and we also have a fair few talking books, so Mr Rankin, two new fans . Thank you
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on 6 February 2014
I found Saints of the Shadow Bible to be a thoroughly good read, a real page-turner again involving the newly demoted DS Rebus and promoted DI Clarke.

The interplay between Rebus and Rankin's newer character from other books, DI Fox, was particularly enjoyable as both men start to understand the other's very different situation in life, and to policing, and yet are not as opposed as might be assumed as they have agreements on the big items although the method of getting there may well draw them apart. DI Clark's relationships with both Rebus and Fox individually is interestly complex yet confidant.

I would hugely recommend this book to anyone who has previously enjoyed the Rebus books!
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on 2 April 2017
All the usual Rebus ingredients of interesting police work, their relationship with seedy characters, but this time Rebus views it from a different perspective.
The loose ends are mostly tied up art the end,with enough left for subsequent books.
A great read.
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on 2 June 2017
A typical Rebus tale post retirement and given a job helping his old colleagues even though it involved a loss of rank, his knowledge and experience help him survive an investigation by the procurator fiscal concerning historic acts which were less than PC but got results.
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on 14 March 2017
Edge gripping stuff . Lies, twists and turns , typical Rebus strife, rubbing people up the wrong way, but getting the truth by no easy means.
Plenty of done deeds. Still enjoying these books.
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on 23 August 2017
I've enjoyed Ian Rankin's Rebus books in the past. In this one Rebus has now retired and I think it's time for Rankin to actually let poor old Inspector Rebus enjoy his retirement, maybe do a spot of fishing, take up golf and have a large dram. Rankin, Rebus is now becoming boring and the material pretty repetitive. Sorry.
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on 1 June 2017
Another thrilling book by Ian Rankin, been reading Denis for some time now and this is one of the best, keeps you guessing until the end. Looking forward to the next read.
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on 19 May 2017
Great writing by Mr Rankin, you can almost smell the stale beer and feel the wobbly tables in the Oxford bar as beer swilling,chain smoking detective uses his most unorthodox methods to solve several interlinked cases.
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