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Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
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Sep 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, series
Read in September, 2010

This is, by far, the best Rebus, so far, in the series. Rebus is a much more fully realized character - his repartee far sharper than in any previous book in the series. The recurring characters have taken on a distinct role by now.

The plot was very well done with the Bible John / Johnny Bible and the Aberdeen underworld plots working well together - neither getting in the other's way.

I struggled with the early books in thsis series, but it appears as if they are beginning to pay off. Sometimes a mystery that uses a real-life story as its basis is especially enjoyable as was also the case with the Doc Ford book that I believe was called Deep Water.
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