Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus #7)
Well first off I’m going to say this was the most complex Inspector Rebus novel so far. It is number 7 for those keeping count.
It will be hard to say too much about this one without giving some of the plot away, so I’ll keep it to impressions and the like. First - winter in Scotland sounds damp and miserable.
And that is made more so by Rebus’s water heater system not working properly. Of course, he throws back enough “antifreeze”, if you know what I mean, so that...more
Decent, hard-boiled Edinburgh.
Yet I can't pinpoint why it took over a week for me to finish the book.
No likable or fascinating characters (other than Rebus)? As if that would stop me. Corruption? Not a stopper but a requirement. Too dark? Definitely not. Maybe the wrong kind of dark and noir; depressed noir rather than action noir, and too many teenaged junkies and not enough other sinister characters. Plus something else missing that I can't pinpoint yet.
Book 7 of Inspector Rebus mystery series
Published By: Clipper Audio *
The seventh in the series of the award winning, best-selling Inspector Rebus crime novels, grips us with first-rate plotting and fierce realism.
It’s a bitter winter in Edinburgh, and Rebus has found himself wrapped in a case that provides more questions than answers. Was Lord Provost’s daughter kidnapped, or is she a runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been destro...more
The only negative comment I have is the use of so many acronyms for government departments.....it is difficult for the non-Scot...more
In the dark days and biting windstorms of an Edinburgh winter, two drop-out kids dive off the towering Forth Road Bridge. A civic office is spattered by a grisly gun-blast. Two suicides and a murder that just don't add up, unless John Rebus can crunch the numbers. Following a trail that snakes through stark alleys and sad bars, shredded files and lacerated lives, Rebus finds himself up against an airtight, murderous conglomerate on the make in every arena of power. It's leeching the life and...more
Rankin's hero (hardly the right word for him) John Rebus has a good, believable streak of misanthropy, a habit of making...more
This plot begins with John and his Chief Inspector Frank Lauderdale chasing after a car careening down a road in the dark pursuing two young men who have supposedly kidnapped a Counci...more
Take out the laughs from the sitcom Yes Minister and you get something of the political world behind Let it Bleed. The Scottish local politics portrayed here are at best self serving and hypocritical, at worst criminal and corrupt.
As crime novels go, Let it Bleed falls squarely into maverick policeman territory, John Rebus being a particularly well drawn example of the streetwise cynical detective who inhabits this type of novel.
The story of Le...more
The daughter of the Lord Provost of Scotland disappears mysteriously.
Two teenagers chased by the police, (Rebus is one of them) for plausible kidnapping of the girl in question, commit suicide by jumping of a bridge onto a frigate that is passing by below the bridge. Rebus find a business proposal under the bed of one teenager along with para...more
As a polar, Ian Rankin is as good as ever to interest us in Edinburgh and its background, hidden politics etc.
This one is no ordinary murder-to-solve story, which makes it even more interesting. Rebus investigates a su...more
It has the usual complicated plot (or looked at the other way, the people involved are sufficiently enmeshed to be credible) that involves the apparent abduction of the Mayor's daughter, the suicide of the apparent abductors, the very public suicide of a petty crook before another councillor, that councillors murder, big business heavily dependent on government grants, a successful con man, and the civil servants involved in national development.
So what did I think? Well, I think the Rebus character is pretty good actually. But although this book started off pretty well (certainly gets you straight into the action) I found the third quarter somewhat hard going and had to push myself to keep reading, although the last few chapters did move things along somewhat to their co...more
We get to know Inspector Rebus much better here than we ever have before. In particular his moral code is fully...more
Another good one from Rankin, where three bizarre suicides unlock a festering mess of corruption and evil within the Edinburgh political scene. I was not quite convinced that as smart a guy as Inpector Rebus should have so little knowledge of the way the Scottish political system works, even in the obscure days before 1999, but I suppose this was a bit of 'as-you-know-Bob' for Rankin's wider readership. There are some memorably horrible moments as well i...more
Two boys hug and jump... One man blows his brains out and does his lady a last favour... Alone in his cell another sets a ball rolling that may demolish a glittering career... Everyone keeps secrets and sometimes not just their own. In an Edinburgh winter the wind blows chill and penetrating. For Rebus it slams one door shut only to open another. Investigating the disappearance of the Provost's daughter leads him from the Old Town to Silicon Gel, from drug addicts to government ministers. And pl...more
The weakness here is that the mystery at the heart of the novel is a complicated, indeed convoluted, history of government and private...more
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...more