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Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus #8)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  8,038 ratings  ·  262 reviews
John Biblia aterrorizo a Glasgow en los anos 60 y 70, cuando asesino a tres mujeres que habia conocido en una sala de baile; asesinatos por los cuales nunca pudieron detenerlo. Ahora, Johnny Biblia, como lo han bautizado los medios de comunicacion, parece matar para apropiarse la gloria del legendario asesino. Son cuatro los casos que el inspector, John Rebus, relaciona y ...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published January 28th 2001 by Rba Libros (first published 1997)
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Aug 13, 2015 Antonomasia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: 100 Best Scottish Books
What would series crime fiction be like without the clunky crap? I've wondered more than once in the last 18 months, as I started reading more of the genre than I had since my teens.
Answer: It would be like an Ian Rankin.
For over twenty years, I'd assumed to some extent that his books must be overhyped and trashy, as a lot of thrillers are. A ten year old list of 100 best Scottish books - which included Black & Blue - at least gave me pause for thought and a vague intention to get round to
Up we go to five stars! Rankin is the master, and here's where he hits his stride.

Yesterday afternoon, I handed in an almighty-huge work project that I've been plugging away at for two months. In celebration, I took the evening to myself: bubble bath, glass of whisky, Rebus. Exactly how these things should be done. I read til the water got cold. And it was great.

This is the book where Rankin started to really get noticed, and it's also the book that reminds me how much I adore this whole genre:
I’m going to begin my review of Ian Rankin’s masterful Black and Blue by doing something I’ve tried to refrain from doing lately: bitching about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). For the uninitiated – in other words, readers of my reviews who don’t know what I’m up to in my life off the computer – my problems with the CCSS aren’t some Glenn Beckian, “Obama’s a secret Muslim so let’s cancel AP US History” goofabout. Nope: my problems with it are manifold, very real, and based in the twenty ...more
Prime Rebus. This is exactly what I was looking for, and failed to get, when I read Mortal Causes. An extremely heavy, intertwined and self-inflicted case load dogs Rebus all across Scotland.
The best Rebus books offer a strong investigation - if not a mystery - and, more importantly, strong characterisation of the man himself. Rebus is the drawcard and he does not disappoint, the cover suggesting that Black & Blue is the novel that raised Rankin to the upper echelons of crime writing. Given
As always, one can read a book in the Rebus series in any order, on its own. Still it is best to approach these in order. Rankin once again makes the reader long for an index; names pop in briefly, to be resurrected 200 pages later. Rebus is in bad shape at the beginning of this novel; drinking heavily and under investigation by his own people. A copycat serial killer is on the loose which takes Rebus to Aberdeen and the oil industry. Rankin excels in descriptions of the oil rigs and an eerie dr ...more
This was another great Inspector Rebus read. The characters were interesting and the plot took us from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Aberdeen, an offshore oil rig, and the Shetland Islands. All these locations contributed greatly to the atmosphere of the novel. Rankin mixes both his fictional account of "Johnny Bible" and his theories on Bible John ( a real life serial killer who is still at large) in this tale involving drug dealing, murder and gangsters in Scotland's three major cities. There are a lo ...more
Paul Darcy
by Ian Rankin, published in 1997.

This is the 8th Inspector Rebus novel from Ian Rankin and it’s a very good one. Rankin mixes a real life case of murder with his own twist on what may have really taken place.

We see Rebus involved in several cases simultaneously in ‘Black and Blue’, and you never know just how each will tie in to the other until quite far into it. There is the old case of Bible John (the real killings) that Rebus just happened to be a sergeant on and has a dark secret about the c
Sundarraj Kaushik
A earlier book of Inspector Rebus. I have not been reading them in the chronological order so this book takes us to an earlier era of Rebus when Gill Templar is not the boss and Siobhan has just lost her greenness in her ears.
The killing of a person in Edinburgh takes Rebus to Glasgow and Aberdeen. In Aberdeen the oil industry has boomed and is now bottoming out, but it still has a lot of money. And with money comes drugs and crime. The book is around crime in the cities of Glasgow and Aberdeen
I see you now, scratching your end and saying ‘I never heard of Ian Rankin’ and scouring the library to see what speculative fiction he has written. Stop – you won’t find any. Ian Rankin is a mystery/crime thriller writer and yes I am reviewing his book here.

So my secret is out – I read books other than sci-fi and fantasy. I endorse this vice in all of you as well. Do not get locked into just one genre. Reading classics and other fiction give you new perspective on the genre we love while also b
John Rebus gets in your face... and hits you hard. With drive, determination, emotion, stubborn attitude. He is a liar and an honest person at the same time. He takes life hard, rather a bleak and lonely outlook, has trouble with relationships, love, alcohol. Always gets into trouble with his superiors. But he's loyal to his colleagues, and a straight guy. And he's a damn good detective. I'm not by definition a crime book reader, but the Rebus' books I like. Story lines and characters are always ...more
I picked up this novel to get some sense of Scotland, at least Edinburgh, before going there last month. I was interested in language, observations about social behavior, what is important in the varied lives of the characters, and a sense of the urban community. I was also interested in reading Rankin, as he has received a lot of praise for his writing.

I got all of that. In particular, the detective John Rebus is a complex character, an aggregate of dark and light, of good and questionable, of
Apr 11, 2009 Sandra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery buffs
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I new detective for me, John Rebus. Your typical misfit, searching for justice at any cost. I think I am going to like this guy. Ian Rankin writes a multi-layered story, that can get confusing, and you need to keep a name on all the balls you are juggling as you read the book. The reviews tell us that it is not necessary to read the books in order, but each book does build on the personal world of Rebus. Seeing his marriage dissolve, and his daughter grow up, and meeting his co fighters in crime ...more
Rebus is caught in a web of mystery between two serial killers. These are all excellent, but this may be one of the best.
This is a first-rate thriller - it is intense and fascinating, it hits the ground running and charges right into several intertwining story lines. The narrative moves with great rapidity and every scene has some significance; there is no wasted ink here. John Rebus, as unruly and prickly as ever, finds himself tackling three difficult cases simultaneously. One is the unsolved Bible John murders (which did occur in real life) and the appearance of new serial killer, Johnny Bible, who seems to be ...more
Another one gets away, but karma may catch up with him. Many are dead. Two serial killers this time, the original and his younger version. Rebus is on the verge of suspension again, and sweating this time as he may actually have committed the transgression of which he is accused. Lots of running back and forth to Aberdeen, and some understanding of how the whole oil industry there worked (or didn't) in it's heyday. My sympathies, of course, lay with the protesters who I thought were very well dr ...more
Chuck Slack
What a great book!! Ian Rankin really put the whole series together in this book. We get more insight to Rebus, what makes him tick, his singleminded ness, his charm, and his foibles. Three cases that are seemingly separate but become intertwined with every page. All I can say is that turning pages in this read is bittersweet. With every page Rankin brings you one page closer to solving the case but sadly one page closer to the end. Loved it!
Inspector John Rebus is managing a few cases, harassment from television stations about a possible wrong conviction, and a personal interest in two serial killers. The cases start with a man that is impaled on a fence, tied to a chair, with a bag over his head. Did he jump or was he pushed? What circumstances caused the man to end here? The evidence takes him up north, looking at a crime boss Uncle Joe. He is known to run drug rings but no one can touch him.

While investigating this crime, Reb
Ian Rankin's creation, Detective John Rebus is so much a wonderful depiction of the Scottish psyche for me. He's a kind of William Wallace for today in my eyes, albeit without the kilt, the saltire war paint and perhaps carrying a bit more weight than Wallace did!! And of course his books are a wonderful tourist guide to Glasgow's posh neighbour over the road - the good city of Edinburgh (although in fairness as a tourist guide it won't necessarily show you much tartan or shortbread or castles i ...more
Dr Bob
This was my first Rebus novel as I often find pure police ‘procedurals’ contrived and cliched. On the advice if a friend I didn’t start with the first Rebus book as I was told this is the one where Rankin really gets into his stride and, from what I’ve seen, it was the right choice.

I really enjoyed this multi-stranded novel that starts with the murder of a North Sea oil worker in Edinburgh but ties in a creepily rendered old and new serial killer, a miscarriage of justice and Edinburgh’s gangla
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กตองมาลุนดูวาระหวางตำรวจกับไบเบิล จอหน ใครจะเจอตัวจอหนนี ไบเบิลไดกอนกัน
และไบเบิล จอหนเอง จะถูกตำรวจจับไดดวยหรือไม
จนตอนอานนีมี งงๆ ไปบาง วาตอนนีกำลังสืบคดีอะไรอยู
Buyck Claire
When I started reading this award winning book of Ian Rankin, I was full of expectations. Multiple murders , different storylines intertwining with each other. I was so ready for this! This book has everything to make it a staggering thriller.

Except it never got exciting. Not even when with all these different victims and characters. I mean come on! Its al there, you just have to use it. No, instead the reader has to focus on all the non-plausible things. An addict just stops overnight? Yeah ri
This book takes Rebus all the way to Aberdeen to investigate the death of an off duty oil worker though that case soon takes a back seat to a couple of serial killer plots. Rebus is at his most obsessive and his dogged pursuit of justice was a bit wearing but overall a good solid read.
The plot in this Rebus thriller is very complex. I found it best to read this book on vacation, away from my daily distractions.When I did so, I was able to follow all the twists and characters and found this to be one of the most enjoyable in the series.
Mike  Davis
Containing a few English/Scottish terms unfamiliar to this U.S. reader, this mystery held together quite well throughout the story. Rankin is worth another look as a mystery writer. The story was based on actual case files and fictionalized for the novel.
Excellent well-written thriller. Complex plot with lots of separate threads that somehow tie themselves together quite nicely by the end of the book. Rebus is at his imperfect but likable best in this one.
After challenging the higher echelons of power in Let it Bleed, Rebus is sent away from St Leonards Station to a grim Edinburgh outpost. He works on two cases one is a notorious copycat serial killer and the other a defenstration. Meanwhile he is subject to an internal investigation into a case that occurred when he was a young constable. The story is enhanced by his travels through Scotland and the reappearance of characters from the first Rebus mystery Knots and Crosses, namely DI Morton, Jim ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Black and Blue, by Ian Rankin, B-plus, Narrated by Michael Page, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

John Rebus has obsessed about a cold case never solved. The serial murderer is nicknamed by the press as Bible John. Now, a couple of decades later, another serial killer seems to have arrived on the scene, a copycat to the original Bible John who is nicknamed Johnny Bible. Rebus believes there is a connection between the two murderers. Rebus must work hard to solve these ca
Matthias Verschueren
The reason for reading this book, is because I liked The Knots and Crosses story. Again, there was a nice plot in this book. There are a lot of links between different people. That's what makes it interesting but also a bit difficult to understand.

I liked the story, but in my opinion the book has too many pages. I mean that there are too many pages without any relevant information. I couldn't find any links until page 350 I think. Then the story became more clear. But it was a little bit disapp
Ahhhh. Always good to read Ian Rankin. Such a consistent writer. This (yes, Christina) is one of the better ones I've read as well.
Deborah Stallaert
I have read the detective novel Black and Blue from crime/thriller writer Ian Rankin. To be honest I think it was not so easy to read. He use specific words in the police terms and not everybody will understand everything. The beginning of the story is a bit long and nothing special happens and you do not really understand what happens in the book. Because Sometimes I had to read a chapter twice before I understood it. But then from page 65 it begins to be more exiting.

But actually the more I re
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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.

Ian Rankin has been elected a
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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Rebus (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
  • Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus, #2)
  • Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)
  • Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
  • The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
  • Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6)
  • Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
  • The Hanging Garden (Inspector Rebus, #9)
  • Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, #10)
  • Set in Darkness (Inspector Rebus, #11)

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