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A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus #14)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,737 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, 'there's no mystery ... except the why'. alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare - ranging from civic leaders to the local Goths - leaving behind a legacy of secrets and lies. ...more
Unknown Binding, 440 pages
Published April 23rd 2004 by Not Avail (first published 2003)
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Toby Turner Great book and a brilliant author. Introduced to him about 4 months ago by a friend who's a massive fan. I've been running through the series every…moreGreat book and a brilliant author. Introduced to him about 4 months ago by a friend who's a massive fan. I've been running through the series every since and can't get enough of Inspector Rebus. Well worth going back to the start and see the development not just of the characters but the author too. If anything convinces you to go the Edinburgh this series will!!(less)

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Maria João Fernandes
Dec 11, 2012 Maria João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
"Não há mistério nenhum."

Acreditem quer não é assim que começa este thriller misterioso que se desenrola na cidade de Edimburgo. Preparem-se porque "Uma Questão de Sangue" é surpreendente até à última página.

"Sangue espalhado pelo chão e pelas paredes. Sangue por todo o lado. Sangue com histórias por contar."
O Caso Port-Edgar tem inicio numa Terça-feira e termina após nove longos dias. Uma escola é o palco de um massacre. Um psicopata faz três vitimas e, em seguida, suicida-se. Um total de três
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Larissa
This was my first foray into the Rebus series, one which I had been eying for a long time—not least due to its Edinburgh setting. Funny then that the one I picked to start with didn't actually take place in Edinburgh at all. No matter, though: A Question of Blood was a nice introduction to the character and his backstory, I think, even though it is a rather late entry as far as I can tell.

I finished the novel pretty snappily, without finding myself bored or distracted and wanting to jump over t
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Moira Russell
Just got a pile of these on sale, in what will doubtlessly be a futile quest to scratch the Cornwell/Kellerman/James itch (P.D. James wrote BAD JANE AUSTEN FANFIC. Not getting over that, never ever) or at least serve as methadone til the next French/Cain books. I'll have to read more books in this series to be sure, but sadly, am not too impressed so far. Rebus, with his drinking problem, disrespect for authority, and wisecracking, is clearly Marlowe in Black Watch, although he's modernized to t ...more
Rasmus
May 20, 2008 Rasmus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rebus fans
I did not find this book as good as some of the previous ones in the DI Rebus series. The plot, I felt, was too much like a Hollywood thriller and there was something distictly un-Rebus about the whole thing. It seemed almost as if the plot was trying to be complex for complexitys own sake, ending up being too scattered and not as polished as others before it. Finally, the ending left me a little disappointed. Might just be too many things getting wrapped up (more or less) too fast.

I did enjoy t
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Shirley Schwartz
Sep 28, 2014 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
The 14th book in this wonderful series, and it is just as fresh now as at was at the beginning. It's even better though because we've had 13 books to get to know the irascible Rebus and his sidekick Siobhan. This book starts out with Rebus and Siobhan trying to figure out what caused an ex-SAS soldier to walk into a private school and kill two boys and wound another and then turn the gun on himself. As Siobhan says, "There is no mystery here". But it turns out that there is indeed a mystery here ...more
Ishita
Nov 18, 2014 Ishita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so this was my first book from the series and I have to say- I'd kill to have a bad-ass attitude like Rebus and then kill another to have the confidence of Shiobhan.

The book starts with DI Rebus lying in the hospital with two scalded hands while advising on a case while on suspension following a murder investigation being held against him for a man who was burned in his apartment. But of course, DI Rebus pleads not guilty. But.. Is he really? Well, that's the question you'd have to find
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James Thane
Aug 11, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better entries in Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series, which in turn is one of the best crime fiction series going. The always cantankerous Rebus is asked to assist in the investigation of a particularly horrible crime. An ex-serviceman has invaded a school, shot and killed two students and wounded a third before taking his own life.

The case seems open and shut, but Rebus will not let the matter rest until he knows what prompted the killer to act. As is usually the case, Rebus
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Steve
Aug 14, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector John Rebus straddles the line of nice guy doing the borderline naughty things we fantasize about doing, and manages to keep himself out of serious trouble, although he does pay the price in small doses of hangovers or raised eyebrows from his superior officers or invective or physical incursion from those he treats uh, discourteously. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and only rarely bites his tongue to keep them at bay. Rebus and Siobhan Clarke, Scottish police officers take o ...more
Athena
Sep 17, 2015 Athena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Τζον Ρέμπους, ο κεντρικός ήρωας του μυθιστορήματος, είναι ένας ολοκληρωμένος χαρακτήρας σε τέτοιο βαθμό που μπορεί να συγκριθεί και με το Χάρι Χόλε του Jo Nesbo. Ωστόσο, η συγκεκριμένη ιστορία, η οποία είναι και η πρώτη με πρωταγωνιστή τον Τζον Ρέμπους που διαβάζω, έχει αρκετές ελλείψεις. Αρχικά, από την αρχή είσαι βέβαιος για το ποιος είναι ο δολοφόνος. Έπειτα, το στοιχείο του σασπένς λείπει. Γενικά, θα τη χαρακτήριζα την ιστορία πολύ προβλέψιμη.
Gina
Mar 04, 2013 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure if I had read this entire series I would love this book. I picked it up for its subject matter: An aging detective and his younger female partner, Siobhan, are helping investigate a school shooting. A former military member (set in Scotland so an SAS member) opens fire at a private school killing two boys and injuring another. They do this while being investigated for the death of a troublesome man in Siobhan's past. For the first few chapters, I truly enjoyed the story. Then, for multi ...more
RJ
Apr 13, 2013 RJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Not my favourite Rebus novel, mostly because Ian Rankin seemed to want to make Rebus an unsympathetic character here. He mostly succeeded. I like Rebus fighting the suits at headquarters but he's a bit too insolent this time around.

A senseless murder/suicide at a private school involves Rebus, who is himself being investigated in a mysterious death. And why is he wearing gloves suddenly? A loud Scottish parliamentarian, thugs at a housing project, lots of bars and pubs, it's a Rankin book after
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Laura Rittenhouse
Jan 24, 2010 Laura Rittenhouse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Rebus is just too offensive and impossible to work with. At the end (which is the worst type of ending for crime fiction as far as I'm concerned) I found myself convinced that he prevented more murders from being solved with his obstructionist methods than he solved with his "genius".

I'm not going to read any more of this series!
Ian
Jun 20, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In A Question of Blood, Detective Inspector John Rebus once again finds himself in hot water, suspected of murder, facing suspension and in DCS Gill Templer’s bad books. The main plot centres on an apparently senseless shooting at a school. Rebus and his sidekick Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke are called upon to help with the investigation of the shooting. Meanwhile, a criminal who has been stalking and hassling Clarke turns up dead, and the circumstances of this murder make Rebus a natural s ...more
Luffy
Apr 02, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out the correct way, if that exists, of reading this series. These books are all about dialogue. Conviviality between two kindred souls is what drives this series. The plot is relegated to the background. The murder of this very book is solved, not through skill, but through procedure of the most routine kind. All the trials of the detective, Rebus, all the angst and discomfiture is made gone away through simple police work, not intuition. I was amazed that I didn't mind that. The way t ...more
Candy Wood
Part of this book's plot resolution reminded me why I didn't like the Rebus books at first, but on the whole I enjoyed it. The detailed Edinburgh setting and characters who are mostly unpredictable add to the interest. I suppose I'm annoyed at myself for being taken in (even while I realized what was happening) two nights in a row, first by the season finale of Grey's Anatomy and then by a similar situation here. "This is what they want me to think," I thought, and then thought it anyway. Rankin ...more
Mystery Lover
This book is seriously bloated. It could be reduced to a third of its size. Even at that, the story is not that interesting, and the subplot is annoying. While interviewing a shooting victim, he takes some of the kid's painkillers! What cop would do that?
Tiffany
This is the first book I've read by Ian Rankin. He is very popular in the U.K. I always like a good mystery...especially this one because it is set in Edinburgh, Scotland. I enjoyed reading it and appreciated that it wasn't too graphic.
Annette
This is another one of my Friends of the Library book sell bargains. It was enjoyable. It has a good plot and characters are intelligent if a bit one-dimensional.
Gaby Meares
Apr 11, 2014 Gaby Meares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another audio read to relieve the tedium of my daily commute. This Clipper Audio was narrated by Tom Cotcher, who's gorgeous Scottish brogue adds authenticity to this 14th Rebus crime story. I have to confess this is my first Rebus novel, but not having read the previous 13 books didn't affect the story at all. This is a good solid crime novel - rebus is your quintessential flawed detective, who smokes and drinks way too much and makes life difficult for himself, and sometimes those around him. ...more
Steve
Oct 24, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a complex novel, filled with regret and desire for vengeance. Harrowing to read, but rewarding too.
Jeanne
Nov 21, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebus is getting a bit more irritable but a bit more likable too. Question #1 - did Rebus kill the man who was stalking Siobhan? He's suspended and an investigation ensues. Then there's an incident at a school. 2 students and a man die. 1 student is injured. The injured student is the son of a Scottish MP - who, of course, is a total ass. So many sub plots that all eventually connect at the end. John's concern for Siobhan is touching. He also helps out Davie Hynds and Bobby Hogan. Even Gil gains ...more
Ian Brydon
Oct 03, 2015 Ian Brydon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebus is back and this time it's personal!

There was a certain poignancy about re-reading this novel which opens with the immediate aftermath of a gunman entering a prestigious private school and killing two pupils and wounding another before turning his weapon on himself as news broke of yet another mass-shooting on an American campus, this time in Roseburg, Oregon. On the other hand, that is now such a frequent occurrence that almost any time I might have revisited this novel would have clashed
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Clare O'Beara
Nov 01, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish
This story starts slowly as DI John Rebus has somehow injured both hands and has to be driven around, bandaged, while his colleagues speculate that maybe he started the chip pan fire that killed a local lowlife. Rebus is feeling old and unfamiliar with computers which are starting to take over policing.

A school shooting has occurred and Rebus is called in because the man with the gun, who killed himself, had been an SAS member in the past and Rebus is ex-army too. However one of the dead boys tu
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Lori
Aug 21, 2014 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Still really enjoy this series although this particular book was not my favorite. As always, appreciated the further insights into Rebus' character. Continuing to push the boundaries of what's ethical and living on the fringes as a lone police investigator, John Rebus gets enmeshed in a case that causes him to revisit his past, a breakdown after leaving the army, and family ties long forgotten. Also enjoyed the development of Siobhan as she grows as an investigator and her sparring ability with ...more
Denise
Aug 02, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Compré este libro sin saber exactamente qué esperar de él. Nunca había leído nada de Ian Rankin, pero me atrajo la portada del libro y mi gusto por las novelas policiacas. He de reconocer que las novelas policiacas escritas por autores europeos son bastante buenas. Últimamente he leído a algunos de ellos y he quedado gratamente sorprendida por la manera en que desarrollan sus historias.

Este libro me costó un poco de trabajo comenzar a leerlo. Lo tomaba y dejaba después de unos dos o tres párraf
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Bonnie
Sep 18, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin is the number one best-selling mystery writer in the United Kingdom for good reason; he tells a great story. In this number fourteen of the John Rebus series, John is called into action when a loner guns down two teenagers in a school and then takes his own life.

A subplot involves John's burned hands on the same night a man who was harassing his co-detective and friend, Siobhan Clarke, burned to death. He attempts to solve both cases knowing that his career hangs in the balance.

The
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Anirudh Parthasarathy
A Question of Blood, is a crime fiction, written by the British (Scottish) author Ian Rankin, best known for his John Rebus series. A Question of Blood is the sixteenth book featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus. The story takes place in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

John Rebus is in trouble, Martin Fairstone, a petty criminal, is dead, his house was burnt, and the last person to be seen with him was Rebus. Rebus already had a scuffle with him as Fairstone was assaulting his colleague, D
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Barbara
A hard-boiled police detective is the lead and the second lead is his protegee, a young female detective. Gritty, tough, hard-boiled mysteries are really not my cup of tea. I was a bit put off at first by Detective John Rebus. It seriously appeared that not only was he a rebel and skirted the law at times, but he may have out and out committed murder to help out his partner and protegee. I knew better than to really believe this, though the book really lead you that way in the beginning.

As is g
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Dorothy
Feb 14, 2011 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When two students are killed and a third wounded at Edinburgh’s posh, private Port Edgar Academy, it seems to be just another random act of a madman. But in Inspector Rebus’ world, things are never truly random. There are always links, causes, relationships, and it is his job, his calling in life, to puzzle them out, to discover the mystery and the truth behind the seemingly motiveless act.

In this particular instance, Rebus is at a distinct disadvantage in his quest, because his hands have been
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Mykola
Aug 01, 2012 Mykola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper
Як часто буває в сучасному детективі, все відбувається геть не так, як у класичному. Вбивцю демонструють у пролозі, далі — дія правоохоронної машинерії. Немає абсолютно добрих чи злих персонажів, але кожен визначився зі своїм моральним кредо і тим, що збирається робити. В детективній обгортці — соціальний роман. Ну, наскільки це можливо у випадку з белетристикою.

Всі ходи партії розігруються протягом семи днів і шестиста сторінок. Чекати бурхливого розвитку подій доведеться до останнього. Втім, я
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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.

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