Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big.
As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.
Features a new introduction narrated by Ian himself.
©1997 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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"Many characters. Complex plot."
Yes, easy to listen to and very well narrated/performed.
It kept me interested. I wouldn't say the edge of my seat though.
Fabulous. One listens to the story and forgets that it is just one person reading. Every character has a different voice and they are all recognizable. He even maintains the characters through the other books. Wonderful!
I'd say two. It is long.
Be warned it is a complex plot with a LOT of different characters. One does have to really pay attention to names and occupation of the characters in order to follow the story.
"Favourite Rankin book so far."
So I started reading this series from the beginning I.e. Knots & Crosses and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. But Black & Blue didn't disappoint. Lots of action, twists and turns. It was useful to have back story on some of the characters. I sometimes find it hard to keep up with all the different characters that Ian Rankin introduces, but like a ball of tangled wool it unravels towards the end of the book, as all becomes clear. I like James Mcpherson's narration and he makes listening a pleasure. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Rebus books.
Having lived through the Bible John saga etc. there were answers proffered and even more lanes to go up.
Have promised myself to start it all again at the beginning to savour all the bits I'm sure I missed
"Nah! B O R I N G!!!! what a waste of a credit"
Well I am sorry Ian Rankin, but this Rebus story bored me to tears. The story dragged on and didn't have a conclusion to speak of. It meandered backward and forwards and it It felt as though Rankin thought" right I've written the contracted pages so I'll end it abruptly, collect the money and go"
I felt thoroughly cheated wasted my credit GRRRR
In the end I didn't give a stuff who Bible John .....Arrrgh..... was whether they cxaught him or his copy cat... just so long as he stopped saying Bible John every other word....
I loved Rebus on the TV both with John Hannah and Ken Stott as Rebus but this was dire, The narrator droned on.. I like him in Taggart but his voice has aged and become montone. If he called the police "woolly suits" one more time I think my ipad would have been wrenched from my ears and stamped on, there were other tedious repeated phrases.. equally annoying. Padding out of lines methinks!!!
. Ian Rankin has definitely lost me as a reader,/listener, it is only because I didn't want a black mark against me that I didn't return it
"Rebus at his best."
Loved it from start to finish. Super story telling by both the author and narrator.
"Gripping from start to finish"
If you loved the previous books in the series, this is the best so far
"Rather far fetched"
Although the introduction said this was the book that brought Rebus to the fore, to my mind it's the weakest so far in the series. The story was pretty far fetched, with so many characters it was difficult to keep track of who was who.
That said, James Macpherson's narration was excellent as always, so the book still held my interest.
"Excellent as always"
Really great as always enjoyed listening to it couldn't switch it off wanted it to keep going
"loved every minute"
another triumph. i loved every minute. Rebus the ultimate anti hero for modern police work
"Brutal and engaging"
Ian Rankin at his best. a not stop roller coaster taking you from the depths of Scotland underworld and a man facing his personal demons to the high of self realisation.
I found this book easy listening with a gripping tale, steady yet good pace. Well written story and really well presented.
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