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Let It Bleed: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus #7)

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The seventh novel featuring Inspector John Rebus, available for the first time as an e-book and featuring an exclusive introduction by author Ian Rankin.

Detective Inspector John Rebus understands that murder is usually very simple. Passion and greed are the most common motives, but when the bodies begin to pile up—two suicides, one murder, and the mysterious death of an in
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Simon Schuster (first published 1995)
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Andrew Smith
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I think I’ve read all of the John Rebus books I seem to discover another one that’s slipped through the net. This time I’m convinced it’s the last one – I’ve triple checked! It’s one of the early books (released in 1995) and some of the technology and the politics have moved on since it came out, but that only adds to its charm. It’s like catching an old episode of a television series you used to love. And due to the random order I’ve read these books it took me a while to catch up on ...more
Eddie Owens
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Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin is up there with my favourite authors now. This was a really entertaining book and one which I did not want to put down. Rebus is of course a great character and this story showed all his many parts. I was not entirely sure how I felt about a certain scene with a cat but I enjoyed the development of his relationship with his daughter and there was even a hint that his other relationship with alcohol might be improving too. The book starts with an exciting car chase and ends so suddenl ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
by Ian Rankin, published in 1995.

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
I was a bit disappointed with this book, an unusual result for me with a Rankin book. It had a bang-up beginning - literally, bang-up. There was this exciting high speed car chase, ending in a crash on a bridge and the subsequent suicides by jumping of the two unfortunate young miscreants who were being chased by the police. Inspector Rebus witnesses the suicides and is troubled by them. Something seems wrong about their actions, and so, in his usual stubborn fashion, he tugs and tugs at that wo ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimes-mystery
The Seventh novel in the Rebus series is different and more realistic than anything before.

Rebus investigates the kidnapping of the daughter of the Lord Provost, and the suicide of an inmate after he was released from jail.

This dark tartan noir takes the reader into the back room of politics and the Silicon Glen of Scotland.

Rebus is at his darkest and most free. He's got all the time in the world to solve the crimes.

Reading this novel in the summer makes me miss the cold and snow of the wint
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don't usually give five stars to a mystery/police procedural/thriller, unless it has social issue significance. This does, even if that is not the main point. Rankin contrasts corruption at the highest levels in Edinburgh with poverty, unemployment, drug dependency and seeming hopelessness, the latter of which he deals with rather clearly and bluntly.

One of the blurbs on the back cover refers to this as "Perhaps the best Inspector Rebus tale." This is absolutely true, for those I've read. Reb
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Oh Rebus, you are at your incorrigible but "hearts in the right place" best in this one; a thoroughly enjoyable read. I love the mystery of the two, seemingly unrelated suicides you attempted to solve and the dirt, intrigue and corruption you dug up along the way. I love how you are trying, not very effectively, mind you, to build that relationship with your daughter, how you supported and empathized with a drug-addicted teenager, how you even somehow enlisted the assistance of the odious Flower ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Κάποιοι, οι περισσότεροι δηλαδή, λένε ότι ο Τζον Ρέμπους δεν είναι υπαρκτό πρόσωπο, αλλά λογοτεχνικός ήρωας. Φυσικά, δεν ξέρουν τι λένε. Πώς είναι δυνατόν να μην υπάρχει ένας τέτοιος τύπος;
Πέντε αστεράκια, χωρίς κανένα απολύτως ίχνος έστω προσπάθειας να υποκριθώ ότι παριστάνω πως διαθέτω ψήγματα αντικειμενικότητας. Γιατί η οικειότητα, τουλάχιστον στην περίπτωση των μυθιστορημάτων του Ράνκιν με τον επιθεωρητή Τζον Ρέμπους, δεν γεννά απαραίτητα την περιφρόνηση.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
He stood there shivering after the warmth of the pub and his car. He was a few yards from where the boys had jumped. The area was cordoned off with metal barriers, anchored by sandbags. Two yellow metal lamps marked off the danger area. Someone had climbed over the barriers and laid a small wreath next to the broken rail, weighing it down with a rock so it wouldn’t be blown away. He looked up at the nearest of the
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Séptima entrega del inspector John Rebus con Muerte Helada y cuyo título en inglés —Let it Bleed—, hará referencia a un álbum de los Rolling Stones y donde encontraremos varias alusiones sobre él en la novela.

Uno de los mejores personajes de ficción de la novela negra y criminal, para aquí quien escribe, es John Rebus. Un enigmático y desaliñado inspector de la policía al que le gusta demasiado el alcohol —aunque él piensa que sólo necesita beber para dormir—, y que cada tarde hará diversos reco
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que rabia me da que las editoriales no traduzcan los libros que forman parte de una serie en el orden original; ya que este es el 7º de John Rebus, y hasta ahora ya iban por el 20º. Esto se nota en los personajes, que son más jóvenes y menos desarrollados, lo que repercute al leer el libro y esperar el Rebus actual.
Dicho esto, me ha gustado. Como siempre, personajes bien definidos, situaciones creíbles... y un Rebus más joven que aún cree que la justicía puede ganar por encima de los intereses p
From BBC radio 4 Extra:
A dramatic car chase ends in death and sparks an investigation by Detective Inspector Rebus that plunges deep into the very heart of local government.

Ian Rankin's hard-hitting thriller uncovers a dark underbelly of 1990s Scotland in his probe of political corruption and insider dealing.

Starring Alexander Morton as John Rebus, James Bryce as DI Flowers, Sarah Collier as DCI Gill Temple and Crawford Logan as Chief Superintendent Watson.

Ian Rankin OBE is one of Britain's most
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
A decent, hard-boiled Rebus.
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.
Dan  Ray
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, crime
Ian Rankin really hit me where I live when he got into Rebus and Sammy. Their relationship is complicated, but not in the way all hard-boiled detectives have "complicated" relationships with the women in their lives. Usually for Rebus, and with Patience earlier in this book, his miss-handling of women only builds the character and makes him seem tougher. With his daughter, he wishes he could do better and it breaks him down, then builds him back up and makes him find a way to do the best thing. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read all the Rebus books and one benefit of coming to them late is to have included the informative "welcome" to the book written by the author years later with his insights and reflections on the development of the character Rebus.
This particular book opens with a rather spectacular and cinematic car chase. Rebus had warned his boss to buckle his seatbelt without success, so when the crash of their car occurred Lauderdale was badly injured. Rebus forged ahead toward the object of the
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a great Rebus novel not because of the case; a standard power play involving public officials at various levels seeking power, control and money all in the name of what is good for the country but because of how Rebus deals with his involvement in it and how he struggles with the right thing to do. The story is complicated by the involvement of friends, family and co-workers. These characters are not background as in many of the novels but they are intimately involved. Rebus' daughter, G ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly a deeper look at Scotland and the political intricacies that abound in this country. Rebus finds himself in the middle of a political intrigue that seems to spread everywhere in his beloved Edinburgh. He isn't solving a murder this time. It appears to be two unrelated suicides that have got ahold of him, and they won't let him go. He also comes up against some pretty sophisticated bad guys who it seems that the long arm of the law can't touch. Rebus' innate honesty and moral rectitude ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is number 7 in the John Rebus series. I read a couple of Rankin's books, and then decided to go back and read them in order. It is not really necessary in terms of the story lines but you get a better appreciation of the characters involved. And John is one rough character. A melancholy, cynical and streetwise detective, he continues his destructive behavior, living on cigarettes, booze and bacon buns, ignoring his need for dental work and ambushing his attempts at personal relationships. T ...more
James Perkins
After reading later Rebus novels, this one pales by comparison. With a good title borrowed from a Stones song, and an exciting car chase to start the book, perhaps it promised more than it could deliver. Ian Rankin has improved immeasurably over time, and while this one is still good, it dates back to 1995 and I really didn't find it quite as engaging. Besides its age, another contributing factor to my ambivalence might be that people who later became major characters in the series, such as Siob ...more
Narrated By: Samuel Gillies
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
Erin L
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah Rebus, you horribly flawed main character with your drinking problem and your relationship problems and your daughter who is more like you than either of you realize. Sometimes you're almost a cliche, but not quite.

I love these books. As much as I want to hold that romantic image of Scotland, it's interesting to see the other side - crime, corruption, good people wrestling with moral dilemmas. Angry inspector Rebus seems like a perfect tour guide for this side of Edinburgh. Also, I find it in
Jill Hutchinson
I love the Rebus series which are well written, complex and keep the reader guessing. In this tale, dirty dealings in the upper reaches of the Scottish government result in three suicides and one murder. Rebus, who is put on "leave" when his investigations hit a little too close to home, continues to search out the villains at the risk of his job......and maybe his life.
The only negative comment I have is the use of so many acronyms for government is difficult for the non-Scot
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dislike publishers, who release old books with new covers and I buy the book because I don't recognize it, until I get into a couple of chapters and I know I have read it before. That is the case with this book - which I clearly read before 'good reads' because it is not on the list. I also have this problem - when I don't read "series" in order- I get confused about which books in the series I have actually read. I like the Rebus character, this unfortunately is not one of my favorites - too ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This installment of Inspector Rebus shows our main character as very human but flawed as he solves this mystery which is about political and business corruption. The story is well crafted and hooks you right away and doesn't let you go until the last page. Filled with Scottish wit, this novel is highly entertaining even though it is a dark, atmospheric tale of conspiracy and greed. I would recommend this series as I find Ian Rankin to be a very intelligent and talented writer.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
We gain more insight than usual in Rebus' character, such as the root of his drinking habits and the roots of his teeth. The police investigation ends in a realistic manner, with Rebus inevitably failing in his lone struggle against The Man, but there is no satisfaction to be had for the reader in this if the journey is not engaging.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, scotland
Something of a departure for Rankin as he delves into Scottish economics, but I consider it a plus seeing as I'm a wonk about such things. It's always entertaining to see Rebus in fish-out-of-water scenarios, and this one is well done.
John Rebus finds himself investigating two suicides, but soon is caught in a Web of high-tech scams and politics. suspended from the force, he still keeps digging and finds himself responsible for a decision that could impact many people. This is a wonderful book, and heart-wrenching.
Beaurocracy stinks. That is the message of this convoluted story about machinations extending all through the government of Scotland. The character developments were good in this chapter of Rebus, but there were too many players in the plot, making it hard to follow.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I definitely prefer the later books in the series.
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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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