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on 19 March 2017
Ian Rankin is still the premier exponent of "Tartan Noir" despite these days having several challengers. And Rebus is the best of Rankin.

In Saints of the Shadow Bible the tables are turned because Siobhan Clarke is now his boss although Rebus doesn't treat her as his superior... surprise, surprise. Also, Rankin has one of his less successful characters, Malcolm Fox of "the Complaints" join forces with Rebus, and as Fox is about to rejoin CID I can see this pairing becoming Rankin's norm, for a while at least. This may work, although Rankin has a problem in that Rebus can't surely continue for too much longer and Fox doesn't have the charisma of Rebus.

The novel is set loosely against the backdrop of the recent Scottish Independence Referendum and has two strands to it that kind of come together. The first strand deals with the killing of a prominent Scottish politician while the other deals with an investigation into the 80s CID team Rebus was part of.

As usual Rankin draws each character masterfully. One of the skills Rankin has is his ability to make even minor characters come to life. The plot(s) are good and are resolved well.

If you like Rankin / Rebus this novel won't disappoint.
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on 10 March 2017
Classic Rebus, with the maverick loner, ducking, diving and weaving, cutting corners and, as always, employing unorthodox and sometimes questionable methods to get the right result.
Good plot and great writing as always, with pace, action and loads of twists and turns in the plot.
Rebus is now out of retirement and back in the police service but, to achieve this, he has stepped down in rank to DS, whereas his former protégé, the often used and sometimes abused Siobhan Clarke is now a DI.
Rebus also has a couple of new playmates, with his former prime adversary and sometime collaborator, Big Ger Cafferty, replaced by the far younger and much smarter but equally villainous Darryl Christie and a new best friend, DI Fox.
The central plot is based around the dilemma Rebus faces when a corruption investigation is launched into the activities of a group of his former, very close colleagues but there are a plenty of other storylines going on at the same time to make this into a real page turner.
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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 13 May 2017
Read all books concerning the life and times of John Rebus, all he does is just better with age! Since he left the force he has gained wisdom that only age can give but written this book is written with an edge of intrigue intertwined with empathy. I am in love with John Rebus, that you Mr Rankin.
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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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