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Bleeding Hearts

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Michael Weston is paid well to do his work and ask no questions. When you're a professional assassin, total secrecy is part of the job. But after a successful mission in London, the police are immediately on his tail. How did they know how to find him? And who is his anonymous employer? Why did he or she want his target, a TV reporter, killed? Was he set up from the start? ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 10th 1994)
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Abhijeet Dutta No. Jack Harvey Is The pen name of author IAN RANKIN under which he has written 3 novels (only).
In all the 3 novels, Story is different , Characters…more
No. Jack Harvey Is The pen name of author IAN RANKIN under which he has written 3 novels (only).
In all the 3 novels, Story is different , Characters are different.(less)

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Bev Taylor
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
michael weston - one of his many names - is a paid assassin. his latest victim is a married journalist but now it is he who is asking the questions. how did the police get onto his tail so quickly?

there were 2 other possible victims but he knows he killed the right one. but why was she chosen and was the job a set up to put him behind bars?

so begins his search which leads him to a cult and other characters who r not playing by the rules. who is telling the truth and who is not? his nemesis hof
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
This book started out okay. I liked the main character, the professional assassin, and I was interested in his mystery. Then I met the rest of the characters... I'm not sure if I've ever encountered a more obnoxious and yet frequently boring collection. Somehow, they made what was undoubtedly supposed to be a gritty mystery merely puerile. The biggest reason I had to give up was the private detective from New York. There are ugly Americans, and then there's this guy. He took crude to such a leve ...more
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Michael Weston is a hired killer who made one, unfortunately fatal, mistake in his otherwise very “successful” career.
When the novel starts he is in London where his assignment is to shoot a TV reporter, whose clothes have been described to him in amazing detail, when she exits a hotel. His shot, straight through the heart, is spot on, but as soon as he has fired his rifle he hears police approaching, forcing him to flee and come up with a last-minute escape plan.
While Michael usually makes a ha
Lukasz Pruski
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had to check the name of the author of "Bleeding Hearts" twice before I even reached page 40. Yes, the name on the book cover is indeed Ian Rankin, an Edgar Award winner for an Inspector Rebus novel. I have read most Rankin's Rebus novels and, as unbearably repetitive as they are, they are well-written, well-plotted, atmospheric mysteries with nicely developed characters and interesting psychological and sociological observations. Either Mr. Rankin has written "Bleeding Hearts" as a prank or i ...more
Anne Brooke
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-fiction
Goodness me, this is a too long and too wearisome crime thriller. There’s a lot of pursuing the criminals and running away from the good guys, or running away from the criminals and pursuing the good guys, depending on whose point of view you’re in at the time. Not that anyone is really good at all, by any measure. There are two leads – the private detective and the hit man – but neither is hero or villain. This of course is a very realistic approach to take, but it does mean that the reader roo ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
A fairly adequate thriller which I'd likely have rated higher had it been by a different author: from Ian Rankin, though, I tend to expect something that leaves most other thrillers in the dust, and this doesn't really do that.

A hitman realizes that whoever commissioned his latest job was trying to set him up, so, with the daughter of his chief weapons supplier, he goes on the run from the cops and from Hoffer -- the fat US PI who's been on his tail all these years -- but also on the track of wh
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries
It was pretty good. I especially enjoyed the fact that the main character visited places in Washington (the State, not the District) that I've been to many times. And I'm not talking about Seattle either, but Port Angeles, the Strait de Juan de Fuca (or something like that), and Hurricane Ridge.

It was one of his few stand alone books, so you don't need to have read anything else to know what's going on. In addition, the changing POV (between the assassin and the private investigator) wasn't both
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really like Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus books and his other novels have been pretty good, but this one just annoyed me the whole time I was reading it. There are two viewpoint characters: a British assassin and a New York PI who's chasing him. The assassin is clearly the hero, and while I like him better than the completely stereotypical fat, mean, lonely, drunken and drug-addled PI, I never cared much for him, girlfriend, an illegal arms dealer's daughter. There's too much focus on the diffe ...more
Ian Rankin writes a twisting and turning, global trot (UK to USA, NY to TX to WA state) of a mystery / suspense novel and Steven Pacey is the reader who does it great justice, including "getting" various UK and USA accents - nicely done. Interesting plot concerning a hired sharp-shooter assasin who investigates after the fact why he's been hired to waste a recent victim and by whom. My second Ian Rankin book - he's a good discovery on this side of The Pond.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, crime
This novel just didn't work for me, and I'm normally a fan of Ian Rankin.

It started well enough, and drew me in quickly, but then the pace fell away.

Normally the dialogue sparkles and the characters seem rounded. This time the dialogue was flat and there were caricatures, rather than characters.

The denouement is a particular let down in my humble opinion, but it's the first awful Ian Rankin book I've read.
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed Rankin's Rebus books, but this is not a Rebus book; it is very slow going, and not very interesting, and I'm finding it hard to care about any of the characters. It's disappointing to have this be the first mystery I've read in a while.
Sarah Coolidge
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
In fairness, I only read the first couple of pages. I had enjoyed "the watchman" so i picked up another rankin book at the library and the first several pages were spent describing different kinds of guns! what? i put it down....
barbara b
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the genre
I read anything he writes since he usually is among the best police procedurals going. The present tome not up to his usual standards.
Karen Schnakenberg
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is Ian Rankin writing under a pseudonym and not a Rebus book. It was noticeably weaker, in fact very much weaker, than any other Rankin I've read. Its biggest fault, at least for me, is that all of the characters are completely despicable and on-the-make, so no redeeming qualities, and so i tend not to care what happens to them. Read about 2/3's and then decided it was not worth my time. Probably should have stopped reading sooner
Anita Drake
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
hard to know who I was rooting for. the end of the book had a nice twist.
Aster bibliophile
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointing and confusing , too detailed and wasn't satisfied with the ending .
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Sorry but you've set way too high a standard with your previous books, Ian. Underwhelming.
Joseph Holt
Nice change

Quirky plot and almost believable characters. Good grasp of US landscape but a bit too undeveloped there. A good enough read.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite books I’ve read recently. Total twists and just when you’re sure what’s going on, you get blindsided.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Struggled with this, too many characters, predictable storylines. Not up to Rankins standard thriller have to say. Visiting locations all over the shop and hard to keep track when I can only read it a few chapters at a time.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
not his best 2.5 stars
Sundarraj Kaushik
Ian Rankin probably decided to write this book under a pseudonym because it does revolve around Edinburgh. The book starts off in London where an assassin with mild haemophilia kills a reporter. The police come in before he can make a clean escape. He manages to escape, but it intrigues him as to how the police came so fast. He also realizes that the person who has assigned him the task knows the exact dress the reporter would be wearing on the said day. This further intrigues him. He starts to ...more
boring with too many details...
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this while I was in Scotland because I wanted something by a well-known Scottish author. Rankin is famous for his crime novels (this one was originally published under a pseudonym), so I bought one, even though I'm not a big fan of that particular genre. However, I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked the change of narration amongst the characters. I liked how you are on the main character's side even though he's a hired hit man. I liked that it takes place in a lot of different places, inc ...more
Candy Wood
Now that I know “Jack Harvey #2” means the second book Ian Rankin wrote under that pen name, I can stop looking for continuing characters from #1. Bleeding Hearts is more clearly a stand-alone thriller, distinguished by a tricky narrative technique: first-person chapters where the narrator is a hired killer alternate with third-person ones focalized through the ex-cop who is hunting him. To make things more interesting, the killer is much more scrupulous and methodical than the cocaine-snorting, ...more
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Michael Weston, Sniper Agent (D-MAN "Demolition Man' After taking his shot, he explodes something to divert attention.)

Leo Hoffer, PI in pay of former Senator. His daughter was killed by Weston in error.

Max Harrison, Arms dealer in rural England. Father of Belinda Harrison. She takes up with Weston, after her father is murdered and beheaded.

Spike, Texas Arms dealer who helps Bel and D-Man. He supplies the artillery, and does it for the Trans Am that Bel and Weston are driving. (Spike calls him
I think this is the first Ian Rankin writing as Jack Harvey that I've read. It lacks the attraction of the setting of the Rebus novels - or other crime writers I enjoy, and I experienced this more as a filmic thriller. However, it was absorbing and atmospheric, oozing Rankin's competence as a writer.

As the blurb says, there's an assassination, but the twist is that this time it is the man who fired the bullet who is asking all the questions. The use of the first person is a very effective techn
Cynthia L'Hirondelle
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Started out very promising until the most interesting character is eliminated. This is not a spoiler - happens on page one. We soon learn more about her at the beginning of the book, enough to find her a welcome character. Subsequently the loss of her character is not something the rest of the story can make up for since it is ridden with predictable gender cliches.

However, there is one quote from the book that made up for everything. The boorish and selfish american PI Leo Hoffer explains why
Katie Rekowski
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
China Bayles #14. Performed by Julia Gibson. 2006. This story involves a stolen hand made quilt while on display for judging. It involves a football coach, much honored and loved by community for winning and being an all around swell guy, who is a predator to teenage girls. One of his victims turns up dead. It involves learning a guy from her childhood is actually a half brother and that her father may have been murdered 16 years ago not just an accident. This audio also includes delicious recip ...more
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