A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus, #14)
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A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus #14)

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Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 23rd 2004 by Orion (first published 2003)
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Maria João Fernandes
"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...more
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
James Thane
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...more
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
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
May 20, 2008 Rasmus rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Laura Rittenhouse
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!
Luffy Monkey D.
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
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?
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.
Gaby Karsai
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
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...more
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.

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...more
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...more
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...more
Carl Brush
You’d think I can never discover an author or book on my own. Maybe not. Anyway, Ian Rankin is apparently a foremost Brit mystery novelist, whom I’ve only just found out about, and that through a son-in-law. Oh, well. However it happened I’m the better for it. An aside: One of the reasons for reading, as the cliche goes, is to be transported to different worlds. We use this almost as a tool when contemplating a trip. We trying to read novels set in New Orleans, or Paris, or Budapest, or wherever...more
This book picks up right after "Resurrection Men" and the secondary story line in which Martin Fairstone is dead and Rebus is a prime suspect, ties back to that book. The main story line is about a vet who walks into a private school and guns down two students and wounds a third one before killing himself. The main question is why and the pursuit of that leads to a multi layered mystery which manages to weave both story lines into a smashing conclusion.

I really liked this story for several reaso...more
Nicholas Whyte

Another excellent Rebus novel, let down a little bit by the end - the solution to one of the mysteries depends on someone simply by coincidence having been in the right place at the right time and then doing something rather unexpected conveniently for the plot, another mystery depends on the memory of one of the viewpoint characters and is revealed to us only at the very end though presumably the character in question has been aware of it all through the...more
This would be 3-1/2 stars if I had that choice. It's not one of my favorites, but I was up until 2:30 last night finishing it, so . . .

Rankin's work is dark. His character, John Rebus, is not what you'd call loveable; he's well-drawn, but not necessarily someone you want to have over for the holidays. His partner Siobhan Clark, well, she works with him even when she doesn't have to do so, which says something about her, I suppose. And of course there is a full compliment of scum-bags included [...more
This book was okay, but I'm not really a fan of Ian Rankin.

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"A horrific shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh: two seventeen-year-olds killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. A man who finally turns the gun on himself. As Detective Insepctor John Rebus puts it, 'there's no mystery'...except the why. But this question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not al...more
Ian Mapp
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An excellent read. DI Rebus is seconded to an investigation involving the slaying of two schoolboys and the injuring of a third by a former SAS soldier at their private school. The injured boy is the son of a gun law campaigning member of the Scottish parliament. The police are keen to wind the investigation up as the killer is dead but Rebus' probing into his past uncovers a personal connection and some inconsistencies. The arrival of SAS investigators gets up his nose and, with the help of his...more
Rishi Saikia

A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two seventeen year olds 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. But this question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare ranging from

Mike Gabor
A man walks into a school and kills two teenage students and wounds another, then turns the gun on himself. The man is ex-SAS and presumed to have lost his mind. The only question seems to be what triggered this carnage. Rebus is asked by the investigating officer to lend a hand to try and find a motive. All well and good but, Rebus is in trouble yet again. A man who had been stalking DS Clarke turned up dead. Killed in a house fire. Rebus turns up a day or so later with burns on his hands. Does...more
Amanda Patterson
Edinburgh’s infamous D.I. John Rebus must find out why an ex-army loner walks into a private school and shoots 3 people dead including himself.
Scotland wants new gun control laws. The police believe the crime to be a post-traumatic stress-related shooting. Rebus, has a military past and he doesn't agree. He believes the killer was after the victims as he identifies links between them. Two military investigators in plain clothes arrive and convince Rebus he’s on the right track.
However, he is inv...more
Sundarraj Kaushik
Inspector Rebus' hands are scalded and the person who has been stalking D.C. Siobhan Clarke has been burnt to death. Given Rebus' background and propensity for crossing the line he is the first suspect.

This is overshadowed by a shooting in a school in which two students are killed and an ex-SAS man kills himself. A third student who is the son of MSP (Member of Scotland Parliament) is injured. Rebus is roped in by the officer investigating the shooting to get some information from ex-SAS members...more
Shirdi Shankar
The book was an absolute stunner, my very first but certainly not last Ian Rankin! I could not be more grateful to have discovered him, the dialogue and contact between the characters is what is absolutely enchanting, its almost like its playing out right in front of your eyes, the amount of empathy that I have felt during this book has been overwhelming. It is always very hard to decide the rightness or wrongness of a character in the book and is harder for that judgement to sustain, as the amo...more
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Bookmarks Magazine

Inspector John Rebus is, as always, a complex and genre-defining character. With burned hands and a dependence on malt liquor, his senses here have been dulled. That doesn't stop him from carrying this compelling novel, but not to heights as lofty as Rankin has reached previously. A few critics report that this entry in the series is not completely up to par. Others, however, call A Question of Blood one of the author's most dazzling displays yet. "Rankin does write violent guy-books, of course,

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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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