By Ian Rankin
Bible John killed 3 ladies, and took 3 souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to thieve his namesake's glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his ideas. And convict Lenny Spaven died simply to end up some extent. "Bible John" terrorized Glasgow within the sixties and seventies, murdering 3 girls he met in an area ballroom--and he was once by no means stuck. Now a copycat is at paintings. Nicknamed "Bible Johnny" by means of the media, he's a brand new threat with violent pursuits.
The Bible Johnny case will be excellent for Inspector John Rebus, yet after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, he is been shunted apart to at least one of Edinburgh's hardest suburbs, the place he investigates the homicide of an off-duty oilman. His research takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, the place he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head-on. unexpectedly stuck within the glare of the tv cameras and in the midst of multiple research, Rebus needs to continue with warning: One mistake may suggest an uncongenial and never fairly fast loss of life, or, worse nonetheless, wasting his activity.
Written with Ian Rankin's signature wit, variety and intricacy, Black and Blue is a unique of unusual and unforgettable intrigue.
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The outdated associates regimen was once simply that – a regimen. Rebus relied on Ancram the best way he’d belief a paedophile in a play-park. all of the comparable, while Uncle Joe had lied approximately Tony El, it used to be Ancram who’d get a hold of the Aberdeen information … Whose part used to be the fellow on? was once he enjoying a double video game? Or had he simply suggestion Rebus wouldn’t get wherever, details or no details? was once it a fashion of masking up that he used to be in Uncle Joe’s pocket? ‘If I’m listening to you right,’ Rebus stated, ‘you’re announcing I’ve not anything to worry from the Spaven case? ’ ‘This might be precise. ’ ‘You’d make it precise? ’ Ancram shrugged. ‘In go back for what? ’ ‘John, you’ve ruffled extra feathers than a puma in a parrot-house, and you’ve been approximately as refined. ’ ‘You wish me to be extra refined? ’ Ancram’s voice tightened. ‘I wish you to sit down in your arse for as soon as. ’ ‘Drop the Mitchison inquiry? ’ Ancram didn’t say whatever. Rebus repeated the query. ‘You may perhaps locate it does you the area of fine. ’ ‘And you’d have performed Uncle Joe Toal one other strong flip, eh, Ancram? ’ ‘Wake as much as fact. This isn’t a linoleum ground, giant squares of black and white. ’ ‘No, it’s gray silk matches and crisp eco-friendly funds. ’ ‘It’s supply and take. humans like Uncle Joe don’t leave: you dispose of him and a tender pretender begins making claims. ’ ‘Better the satan you recognize? ’ ‘Not a foul motto. ’ John Martyn: ‘I’d otherwise be the Devil’. ‘Here’s another,’ Rebus stated, ‘don’t rock the boat. seems like that’s what you’re telling me. ’ ‘I’m advising you in your personal reliable. ’ ‘Don’t imagine I don’t take pleasure in it. ’ ‘Christ, Rebus, I start to see why you’re regularly out on a limb: you’re tough to love, are you? ’ ‘Mr character six years working. ’ ‘I don’t imagine so. ’ ‘I even cried at the catwalk. ’ A pause. ‘Did you ask Jack Morton approximately me? ’ ‘Jack has a bizarrely excessive opinion of you, whatever I positioned right down to sentiment. ’ ‘Big of you. ’ ‘This is getting us nowhere. ’ ‘No, yet it’s passing the time. ’ Rebus observed symptoms for a provider zone. ‘Are we preventing for lunch? ’ Ancram shook his head. ‘You understand, there’s one query you haven’t requested me. ’ Ancram thought of no longer asking, then caved in. ‘What? ’ ‘You haven’t requested what Stanley and Eve have been doing in Aberdeen. ’ Ancram signalled to tug into the carrier quarter, braking demanding. the motive force in Rebus’s Saab approximately neglected the slip-road, tyres squealing on tarmac. ‘Trying to lose him? ’ Rebus loved seeing Ancram rattled. ‘Coffee break,’ Ancram tangled up, starting his door. Rebus sat with the tabloid at the desk in entrance of him, analyzing approximately Johnny Bible. The sufferer this time used to be Vanessa Holden, twenty-seven and married – not one of the others were married. She was once director of a firm which wear ‘corporate presentations’: Rebus wasn’t fullyyt certain what that intended. The picture within the paper used to be the standard smile-for-the-camera activity, taken via a pal. She had shoulder-length wavy hair, great enamel, most likely hadn’t thought of loss of life a lot wanting her 80th birthday. ‘We’ve obtained to seize this monster,’ Rebus acknowledged, echoing the final sentence of the tale.