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Saints of the Shadow Bible (Rebus) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ian Rankin
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"Rankin bangs out a rich, rowdy prose...Rebus has become one of the great modern cops, a kind of Scottish cousin to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch."—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

"John Rebus remains one of crime fiction's crankiest, most interestingly complex figures....We can rejoice in Rebus's return--the mean streets of Edinburgh are better for it."—Adam Woog, Seattle Times

"Absorbing....Rankin is a master of the mystery universe."—Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Rebus remains as fascinatingly complex and gruffly engaging as ever. Retirement will not suit him, or Rankin's readers."—Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Longtime fans of the series will savor every nuance in the subtle interplay between characters here, but Rankin doesn't forget the thriller plot, either, corkscrewing the narrative into a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Hats off to a writer who can keep a long-running series fresh by upsetting our expectations and rummaging ever deeper into the rag-and-bone shop of his characters' hearts."—Booklist

"[There is] real joy in watching Fox and Rebus dance around each other, acknowledging a burgeoning respectful rapport in spite of themselves, while the ace Siobhan Clarke - more please, Mr. Rankin! - shoulders new responsibilities."—Boston Globe

"Ian Rankin is such a practiced and successful writer...If anything, he is at the top of his game, and Saints of the Shadow Bible is one of the best novels he has produced."—BookReporter

"Rankin shows no signs of losing steam with John Rebus...his interaction with Malcolm Fox works to build empathy for both characters, as fans discover a side of Fox not seen before...Rankin's gift with dialogue, his wit and raw examination of human nature continue to intensify, resulting in a resonant reading experience for both seasoned series devotees and new Rebus recruits."—Shelf Awareness

"This might be the best detective novel of the year."—Dayton Daily News

Présentation de l'éditeur

When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash. Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police.

Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder. A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re-prosecute old crimes and a 30-year-old case is being reopened, with Rebus and his team from back then suspected of corruption and worse.

Known as 'the Saints', his colleagues swore a bond of mutual loyalty on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But with Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer - and determined to use Rebus for his own ends - the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer.

With political turmoil threatening to envelop Scotland, who really are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE not only reaches back to the past to find out what John Rebus did, but also to discover who he really is.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Orion (7 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BU1DH1M
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.8 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 couldnt put it down. 9 novembre 2013
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read it in two days, its another great rebus story, this time with Malcolm Fox as well. going to buy it for Christmas for some other Rebus fans
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Edinburgh street guide 28 juin 2014
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All the old familiar faces, places, twists turns and loose threads.
A good page turner
I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of intrigue without gratuitous sex and violence.
Julie Thomas
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Saints of the Shadow Bible 8 juin 2014
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really good but similar in places to other books looking forward to Ian Rankin brining out another Rebus well done Ian
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rankin au top 29 mai 2014
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Quand Fox était la figure de proue des Complaints, c'était très bien. Mais qu'il s'attaque à Rébus m'avait rendue mal à l'aise avec une bonne fin puisque Rébus est toujours resté marginal mais clean. Et revoilà les deux ensemble ! Cela donne les anciennes méthodes d'investigation contre les nouvelles et devinez qui conduit à la solution ?
Excellent. Bravo Mr Rankin. Please, continuez d'avoir ce genre d'idées originales, vous êtes un Maître.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Double jeopardy... 9 novembre 2013
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When the 'double jeopardy' law is relaxed, the Solicitor General asks Malcolm Fox to reinvestigate a case from the '80s, one involving a young DC Rebus. It had been thought at the time that the officers of Summerhall had tampered with the evidence to allow a murderer to go free - a murderer who also happened to be an informer to the head of the Summerhall team. Meantime, in the present day, Siobhan Clarke and Rebus are back working as a team. With the new rules on retirement age, Rebus has been taken back into CID but has had to take a downgrading to Detective Sergeant, meaning Siobhan now outranks him. They are called out to what looks at first like a straightforward road accident, but a couple of things about the scene make them suspect there may be more to it than that.

When I try to pin down why Rankin is head and shoulders above most crime writers, it really comes down to two things. Firstly, the quality of his writing never wavers - he knows how to tell a good story, his pacing is superb and his plots are always both complex and believable. His characterisation is second to none - Rebus and Clarke have been real people to us for years now, people we feel we know, and Fox is rapidly joining them as just as important a character. They don't perform superhuman feats, nor does every book end with them being saved from hideous danger. There is a realism that makes us believe this is how the police really work - we've even seen Rebus over the years learning to toe the line as the Police Force has tightened up on mavericks and corruption in real life.

Secondly, Rankin has his finger on the political pulse of Scotland - his books always relate to the main concerns of the day, without ever obsessing about them and without ever taking a stance. In this book, there are three parts of the plot that could only be written about at this point in time - the change to 'double jeopardy', the reorganisation of the various regional police forces in Scotland into one national force and, most of all, the campaign for the Scottish Independence referendum. Rankin doesn't beat us about the head with these; he just works them through the plot, as they are worked through Scottish society. So as well as telling a first-rate crime story, Rankin also reflects our society back to us - again, total realism.

I admit it - Rankin always gets five stars from me. When I pick up one of his books, it's in the comfortable knowledge that it will be great. So when I say that this one is the best of his that I've read in years, how can I convince you? I could tell you that we're beginning to get a nostalgic, elegiac strain running through Rebus' story; that we're seeing Siobhan blossom into the fine senior officer we, like Rebus, have always known she would be; that Fox, now moving out of Complaints into CID, is learning to appreciate the basic integrity that underpins Rebus' sometimes casual disregard for the rules. I could say that reading this book will let you understand how the City of Edinburgh is changing now it's a political capital; how the upcoming referendum is filtering through every aspect of Scottish life; how policing methods are changing in this new millennium. Or I could just say this is a well-written enjoyable police procedural with a complex plot that will keep you guessing throughout. But, in short, what I will say is - read the book. Read the book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rebus and Rankin nail it again! 9 novembre 2013
Par Bookie - Publié sur
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Once again, reading a Rebus novel is like settling down with an old friend; you know you're in good company. This latest outing is a series of complex contrasts with a number of diverse threads to the plot. There's an immediate role reversal with Rebus back in CID, full time but as a Sgt. to Inspector Siobhan Clarke. They still spark off one another and despite Clarke's best efforts, Rebus has his own take and style.

Malcolm Fox from Complaints is working his final case in his 'rubber heel mob' role, conscious that he'll soon be working alongside officers he's investigated. He's looking into a 30 year old murder case where Rebus was a young DC working in a team which knew no boundaries other than those they made. Old style policing where any means was justified and the team swore allegiance on the Bible of the title. Who are the Saints and who are the Sinners? Which way does the moral compass point and how long should allegiances last? Events from the past once again spill over to the present. Fox needs Rebus onside and the relationship between the two differs from their earlier encounters.

An investigation into an unexplained car crash is the initial backdrop for a lively paced story which weaves a complex and highly satisfying mix of past and present, black and white, right and wrong. Set in Edinburgh in the context of current issues around Scottish independence, the whole book has a real time feel.

To fully appreciate some of the relationships and nuances, it would certainly help to have read other Rebus books. The backfill is cursory. But it would work as a stand alone. Once again, this story was worth the wait and I'm only sorry that the next one is likely to be a while longer. A cracking story proving Rankin is still heads above many others in the crime genre and Rebus has got what it takes. A big 5 stars from me.

Copy of my Amazon .uk review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 He's back on the force and back on form 11 novembre 2013
Par Rusty the Hamster - Publié sur
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John Rebus is back again, again, but this time he's back on the police force and demoted down to DS, which his friend and comrade Siobhan, now a DI, likes to remind him of every so often. In jest of course.

He's really on form this time and I loved every minute of it. As ever, the plot revolves around current events that concern Scotland but with a killer plot to go with it. I liked that Rebus and Fox join forces, I wondered when that would happen and I hope that they continue to have adventures in the future as Fox just got a whole lot cooler. I hope the three of them stick around for a while, at least until Rebus finally retires, as Edinburgh will be a safer place with them around!

It's the little details that I love - Rebus is like a bloodhound when he's on a case but can also provide with some light relief, such as his insistence on biscuits in a meeting or asking out a woman in the most inopportune moment. You get to know the other characters quickly and then you rattle on with the plot, intelligent but without too much navel gazing. And you always know exactly what car everyone is driving as well, you can tell a lot about someone by the car they drive.

This is a rattlingly good story and November is now my favourite month, because it means there's another Rankin ready to download!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vintage John Rebus 27 novembre 2013
Par Suncoast - Publié sur
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Ian Rankin is a top British crime writer and this is #19 in the extremely successful Inspector Rebus series. Recently I have read a lot of books by popular authors who try to put new life into a series that should be running out of steam. With this book Rankin is doing the same by taking us back to the John Rebus's early days in the police force and reviewing what he really is and what he has become.

John Rebus is back in the force which is his only life. The only way at his age he can continue to work in the force is to take a demotion to Detective Sergeant and he is now working for his old protegé Detective Inspector Siobhan (pronounced shiv-on) Clarke. Their first case together is a car crash where the daughter of an important London businessman is badly injured in a single driver car crash. What is strange is that her seat belt is unbuckled and one of her shoes finished up under the passenger seat, suggesting that someone else was driving and had moved her into the driving seat to cover up his part in the crash. Her boyfriend happens to be the son of Pat McCuskey, the Scottish Justice Minister and a top protagonist in favour of an independent Scotland.

At the same time DI Malcolm Fox of the Complaints Division (their Internal Affairs) is looking at a 30 year old case that involved the detectives at the Summerhall Police Station who were well known for keeping down the crime rate by doing things their way and sometimes bending the law to do this. Rebus was a raw Detective Constable at the time and was recruited to become one of the "Saints of the Shadow Bible" who swore to uphold their own policing standards. Rebus admits that at times he did a few things he now regrets but he was never knowingly involved in really bad things. While initially wary of Fox, John Rebus decides to help him with his investigation with the philosophy of "if you don't like them join them". Surprisingly Rebus and Fox work well together, but with slightly different motivations.

Most of the living members of the Saints are retired and frail, but DI Stefan Gilmour has moved on to become a very rich property developer who is a major proponent of the "No" case for an independent Scotland. Fox's investigations mainly centre on the acquittal of Billy Saunders for murder which he believes was manipulated by the Saints especially because Gilmour resigned from the force at that time. The investigation builds strength when Saunders disappears and is later found shot by a gun known to have been confiscated years ago by one of the Saints.

John Rebus is a enigmatic character who, despite his age, is still at the top of his game but no longer at the top of the force. He is a loner who collects evidence in his own ways and feeds it where it will have the most effect. While he was a member of the Saints he is prepared to look at all of their sins with Fox and make his own judgements.

In my opinion most authors I have read recently attempting a series revival have failed my tests in some way. Ian Rankin passed my tests with flying colours with this very clever and well written Scottish police/crime story which seamlessly mixes the past with the present against a timely backdrop of the current buildup to the referendum for an independent Scotland. While it is part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone story. I recommend this book to all lovers of UK crime stories and to others who want to get a good introduction to this genre.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "When the saints go marching in" song lyrics 10 mai 2014
Par michael a. draper - Publié sur
The law of double jeopardy in England is reversed and the Solicitor General wants to reopen a case from thirty years back when John Rebus was a young detective sergeant. It involves men who Rebus worked with who had a pact and called themselves the "Saints of the Shadow Bible." This was a time when police had more freedom and could do many things as long as they got results.

Rebus is back from retirement but the only slot open was as a detective sergeant so he accepts that. He works under the woman he had mentored and befriended, Siobhan Clark who is a detective inspector.

There are two layers to the story which begins when a car goes off the road and a young girl is found unconsciousness at the wheel. It appears that she was moved into the driver's seat and the driver fled the scene.

Most of the story takes place in Edinburgh area of Scotland with Rebus being himself, a maverick who is difficult to deal with but gets the job done.

Malcolm Fox from internal affairs, is handling the investigation for the cold case and asks Rebus to work with him. Rebus doesn't want to rat on his old friends but remembers that there was a murder at that time and the accused killer got off due to tainted evidence. His old pals want him to leave the past alone but above all, Rebus feels that justice should be served.

There is a good interplay between characters with dialogue that seems realistic. This makes it easy for the reader to follow as if they were part of the action. The solving of two crimes and the way they connected was well done and added interest to the story.
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