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.
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
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
As is g...more
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
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...more
I really liked this story for several reaso...more
Este libro me costó un poco de trabajo comenzar a leerlo. Lo tomaba y dejaba después de unos dos o tres párraf...more
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,...more
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
"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
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...more
This one is about 3 kids getting shot in a classroom, one surviving before the shooter kills himself.....The shooter is an ex-SAS and police think he just had a brain switch and decided to kill them for no reason. Rebus, an almost SAS, i...more
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
In this particular instance, Rebus is at a distinct disadvantage in his quest, because his hands have been...more
But in this case... the proverbial rabbit Rebus pulls out of his hat was so out of left field, and it was clear by about page 50 what had actually happened in the schoolroom, so I wound up being less impressed with this one than I wanted to be. Maybe it'll improve on a re-read. Because that's the thing: even a mediocre Rebus is still a Rebus.
So I tried this one (because it was in my eLibrary, among other things!). Interesting but Rebus is intentionally obscure and keeps secrets so you can't really 'love' these things, least I can't. But I do hunker down to a good whodunit.
Well worth a read, but not a genre-changer.
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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has be...more