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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rebus Series Release Date:
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Bible John killed three women and took three souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to steal his namesake’s glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his principles. And convict Lenny Spaven died just to prove a point. “Bible John” terrorized Glasgow in the ’60s and ’70s, murdering three women he met in a local ballroom—and he was never caught. Now a copycat is at work. Nicknamed “Bible Johnny” by the media, he is a new menace with violent ambitions.

The Bible Johnny case would be perfect for Inspector John Rebus, but after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, he’s been shunted aside to one of Edinburgh’s toughest suburbs, where he investigates the murder of an off-duty oilman. His investigation takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, where he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head on. Suddenly caught in the glare of the television cameras and in the middle of more than one investigation, Rebus must proceed with caution: One mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

Written with Ian Rankin’s signature wit, style ,and intricacy, Black and Blue is a novel of uncommon and unforgettable intrigue.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ian Rankin is a novelist of great scope, depth and power and Black & Blue is a dark, intensely evocative and altogether riveting thriller.”

    Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brilliant...the kind of blistering police procedural that gives the genre a good name....Rankin’s prose is so graceful, the complicated plot so seamless, and the portraits of even minor characters so searing, it makes for an almost flawless performance.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Ian Rankin’s Scottish police procedurals are so gritty you have to pick the shards out of your teeth when you finish one, and Black and Blue is as flinty as they come.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The cases take Rebus to Aberdeen and an oil platform in the North Atlantic, but as usual the main action happens within the mind and soul of Rankin’s meticulously crafted creation.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “A powerfully complex crime novel that offers a panoramic portrait of modern Scotland, from Glasgow gangland to the oil platforms of the North Sea.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Rankin excels himself here as Rebus comes of age…a first-rate and gripping novel.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Rankin’s book is long and complex but rich in character and incident as Rebus dodges his investigators, follows his hunches into some violent confrontations, and explores the strange mid-ocean world of North Sea oil.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rankin’s dexterity in juggling plots and threats and motives lights up the darkness with a poet's grace. Reading him is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is crime fiction at its best.”

    Washington Post Book World, praise for the series

  • “A brilliant series…The work of a master.”

    San Francisco Chronicle, praise for the series

  • Finalist for the 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/14/2014

    " If you like hard boiled, hard drinking Scottish detectives then have I got a series for you.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Mclaughlan | 2/10/2014

    " The best of the Rebus books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/7/2014

    " Maybe I'm old fashioned but I like a mystery book to present a mystery. A who-done-it? So many 'mysteries' seem to have the villain pop up out of nowhere therefore giving the reader nothing to go on to solve the crime. I come away vaguely dissatisfied. Like a dinner with a course missing. This falls into that category. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 1/31/2014

    " Good mystery. Took me ages to finish it because I kept getting sidetracked by other books, but it held my interest throughout. I had previously read another book from this serious which was a decent read, but not exactly a great one. This one was a pleasant surprise. A series I'll be reading more from. "

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