Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head to head when a year old murder investigation resurfaces forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the pastRebus is back on the force albeit with a demotion and a chip on h

Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head to head when a 30 year old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the pastRebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened Rebus s team from those days is suspected of helping a murdeRebus and Malcolm Fox go head to head when a 30 year old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the pastRebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened Rebus s team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion What does Rebus have to hide And whose side is he really on His colleagues back then called themselves The Saints, and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked Who are the saints and who the sinners And can the one ever become the other

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  1. AKA Jack Harvey.Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature His first Rebus novel was published in 1987 the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow He is also a past winner of the Chandler Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year s best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.A contributor to BBC2 s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin s Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sonscmillan author ianrankin

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  1. Scottish detective John Rebus returns for the nineteenth time in this gripping tale in which both the character and the story are as fresh and entertaining as they were in the first Rebus novel, Knots and Crosses, which was published in 1987.Rebus is considerably older by now, but just as cantankerous and just as grimly determined to pursue his own path to justice irrespective of what his superiors might think A few years ago, Rebus reached mandatory retirement age and had to leave the force, bu [...]


  2. When Rebus returned following retirement, in Standing in Another Man s Grave, I was pleased to see him back but a little disappointed with the result This time around, now demoted to sergeant but no longer working cold cases, it s much like the rough hewn Rebus of old I loved it It s complex and dual plotted as Rebus probes a routine but slightly dodgy road accident and Malcolm Fox Rankin s Internal Affairs investigator followed in a separate series examines a 30 year old case in which Rebus is [...]


  3. Rebus is back, as flawed and wonderful as ever Multiple plots emerge, multiple officers seek solutions, and Rebus belligerently disobeys orders and winds his way through the morass to develop new leads and confront suspects, including police with whom he worked three decades before Serious questions are raised over police tactics that take the law into their own hands The reader is left to decide when, if ever, such approaches are justified.Underlying the action are pointed and sometimes disturb [...]


  4. Let us count the ways that Ian Rankin s antisocial Scottish police detective, John Rebus, is worth following, book after book Saints of the Shadow Bible is the 19th in the Rebus series He is delightfully contrarian, always finding openings to new perspectives in the cracks between revealed facts, and thus he frequently surprises.His dialogue with his longtime partner now his superior , Siobhan Shiv Clarke, is so palpably believable that you can picture yourself in the room hearing their conversa [...]


  5. SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE 2014 Ian RankinRankin was not up to his usual quality with this his latest Inspector Rebus novel Rebus is still a low level detective in what was the Unsolved Crime group, but also gets involved in events of current interest to the Scotland force We start off with an auto accident, in which a young woman is found in the driver s seat, but the shoe from her foot is found on the passenger s side Fortunately, the air bag went off, but her seat belt was unfastened The poli [...]


  6. John Rebus is back again, again, but this time he s back on the police force and demoted down to DS, which his friend and comrade Siobhan, now a DI, likes to remind him of every so often In jest of course.He s really on form this time and I loved every minute of it As ever, the plot revolves around current events that concern Scotland but with a killer plot to go with it I liked that Rebus and Fox join forces, I wondered when that would happen and I hope that they continue to have adventures in [...]


  7. Conspiracies, connections and coincidences, says Malcolm Fox, Rankin s younger detective who has been brought on the scene to replace the aging Rebus and who teams up for the first time with the old curmudgeon to solve a double murder, and those three Cs become the modus operandi of this book.The plot is rather sketchy There are actually two plots one dating back to the 80 s when a young Rebus was introduced to a secret police team, Saints of the Shadow Bible, that used unconventional methods to [...]


  8. Rankin neatly dovetails two series those featuring Inspector Rebus of the Edinburgh Police and Malcolm Fox of the Complaints , and in this latest novel the longtime adversaries work together to solve a cold case involving Rebus s old associates in the police force.Rebus has come out of retirement to work on unsolved crimes but finds himself involved in a new case as well Siobhan Clark has taken over Rebus old role as Detective Inspector and now commands Rebus, rather than the other way around Bu [...]


  9. Each of Ian Rankin s Rebus novels is a gem, but this one is the best yet If you ve never read Rebus, this is a fine place to start If you re already a fan of the series, you re in for an extra special treat.


  10. A classic Rebus, a return to form after the lacklustre in my opinion previous Standing in Another Man s Grave , could we be seeing a permanent partnering of Rebus, Fox and Clarke



  11. Double jeopardyWhen the double jeopardy law is relaxed, the Solicitor General asks Malcolm Fox to reinvestigate a case from the 80s, one involving a young DC Rebus It had been thought at the time that the officers of Summerhall had tampered with the evidence to allow a murderer to go free a murderer who also happened to be an informer to the head of the Summerhall team Meantime, in the present day, Siobhan Clarke and Rebus are back working as a team With the new rules on retirement age, Rebus ha [...]


  12. In the early 1980s I defended a man in the High Court He had been charged with armed robbery and the main evidence against him was a signed confession According to the police, he had dictated this two page document and signed it after tripping, falling and breaking his jaw on the way in to the interview room In those days, questions of fairness were left up to the jury and despite me asking them to disregard the confession they convicted, no doubt being interested in whether he had committed th [...]


  13. John Rebus, newly returned to the force and rescued temporarily from an obscure retirement The main condition of his reinstatement is the demotion of his rank from Detective Inspector to Detective Sergeant He is working under the auspices of Siobhan Clarke who ironically is now promoted to DI, of no real concern to Rebus as he is just pleased to have been returned to his old hunting ground Rebus and Clarke arrive at the scene of an accident a VW Golf travelling at speed suddenly leaves the road [...]


  14. The latest Rebus novel is a real treat The tagline on the cover reads Saint or Sinner and we all know there s no easy answer to that one It s his duality that makes the man such an interesting character It s that duality that allows us to excuse some of our own extremes For a law enforcer who began his career in a very different climate than we have today, the contradictions of Rebus are marked He s to live with the things he sees and understands about human nature and, at the same time, play it [...]


  15. John Rebus, previously retired, is back working for the CID in Scotland Having accepted a demotion Rebus is now supervised by his previous mentee Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke They re investigating a car accident in which Jessica Traynor, the daughter of influential businessman Owen Traynor, was injured Jessica claims she was the sole occupant of the crashed car but Rebus and Siobhan suspect someone else may have been driving perhaps her boyfriend Forbes McCuskey, son of the Justice Ministe [...]


  16. More Rebus from Ian Rankin I ve read and enjoyed them all When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police.Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re prosecu [...]


  17. Usually I really enjoy Rankin s very Scottish style and this is really no exception The bloodimindedness, the snarky sense of humor, the tenacious hold the job has on the characters, the convoluted mysteries and clues everything written to hold the reader including the familiarity of the characters And I did enjoy it Just not as much as usual Rebus needs to mature just a bit and learn to look in all directions before he crosses the line I do enjoy his former underling now outranking him Helps th [...]



  18. Ian Rankin has been writing stories about Inspector Rebus sort of a Scottish Harry Bosch since 1995 and about Malcolm Fox, of the complaints, Scotland s equivalent to internal affairs for just a few years Both are major characters in this book and their relationship, somewhat predictably, evolves from nearly polite friction to one of companionable collegiality I don t think that s a spoiler but, if it is, disregard it and wipe it from your mind as judges often instruct juries.Rebus and Fox are n [...]


  19. John Rebus flirted with retirement for a while but found out it didn t suit him He went back to the Borders and Lothian Police in a civilian capacity, working on cold cases, in Standing in Another Man s Grave but that just increased his itch to get back into the fray once again When the retirement rules were loosened, allowing old guys like him to continue to work, he applied to get back in harness He was given a job, but since the police had no openings for Detective Inspectors, he had to take [...]


  20. The law of double jepordy in England is reversed and the Solicitor General wants a case from 30 years ago, reviewed It includes men John Rebus worked with and was from a time when police took liberties to put criminals in jail There had been a murder and the accused went free due to tampered evidence This person was a source of information to one of the police officers at that time.There are two levels to this story In both Rebis is back on the job as a Detective Sergeant First he investigates [...]


  21. 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 l [...]


  22. Rebus is back but demoted to Inspector Sergeant He was required to retire due to age and when he came back, he couldn t return at his old rank Little happens in this novel There is a car accident with one young woman found injured at the scene of the accident But Rebus isn t satisfied it s as simple as that Well, why not In the end when he finds out, and it is a convoluted, I didn t care Rebus is faced with Malcolm Fox, the officer who works in the Complaints unit, investigating police misconduc [...]


  23. I m a Rebus fan, and it was always going to be difficult for me not to enjoy this book too difficult, as it turns out.Things to like Well, John Rebus Siobhan Clark s development continues, and Malcolm Fox is on form A good deal of humour running through the book and I liked the interplay between these three The story itself was engaging and, as always, developed quickly.Things not to like Not much It s primarily reading the Rebus series that got me hooked on books again, so the style I m familia [...]


  24. Another page turning, good read by Ian Rankin I did figure out at least part of the mystery about half way through, but then so will most of you However, there is so much to Ian Rankin and Rebus than just the story line.


  25. This is a superior police procedural, with the entirely reproachable, somewhat demoted Inspector Rebus at the center It is the nineteenth in this series, and not a word fails in its entirety.


  26. Nineteenth in the Inspector Rebus mystery series, revolving around a rogue detective who prefers to do things his way, and fourth in the Inspector Malcolm Fox mystery series involving Fox, a cop who investigates other cops in Edinburgh.My TakeIt s a curious merger of Malcolm Fox from Complaints, Siobhan Clarke as the new superior, and John Rebus going his own way and learning new tricks Yeah, who knew It s also a look at then and now, at cops doing business 30 some years back and how it s done n [...]


  27. She hadn t known John Rebus long, but she knew he was good at this, like a bloodhound given a scent and then left to do what it was best at Form filling and protocols and budget meetings were not Rebus s thing never had been and never would be His knowledge of the internet was rudimentary and his people skills were woeful But she would lie for him to James Page, and take the rap if caught Because he was a breed of cop that wasn t supposed to exist any , a rare and endangered species And she woul [...]


  28. Inspector John Rebus has come out of retirement albeit to a lower rank but, although the demotion galls him, it s better than nothing Unfortunately his return coincides with a change to the double jeopardy law and now the Police Complaints Department is looking at an old case in which Rebus former colleagues from the Summerhill CID are involved Rebus was a newly branded detective when he became one of the Saints of the Shadow Bible as they called themselves, old school detectives back in the 80s [...]


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