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Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin Published in October 18, 2018, 5:35 pm
 Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus Book 19):Cartoonhd

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus Book 19):Cartoonhd


A. Gibb
A. Gibb Reply to on 12 March 2017
After a couple of pretty drab efforts where Rebus was threatening to turn into a cartoon of himself, Saints is a welcome return. A looping, convoluted plot gives ample space for all the acerbic wit and street smarts of Rebus to once more come to the fore. Malcolm Fox is slowly but surely developing into an interesting character and Soibhon Clarke is equally back to being a stand alone force, not merely a side kick.
But it's the Fox/Rebus combo that promises most. A series revitalised.
Al Reply to on 10 March 2017
Classic Rebus, with the maverick loner, ducking, diving and weaving, cutting corners and, as always, employing unorthodox and sometimes questionable methods to get the right result.
Good plot and great writing as always, with pace, action and loads of twists and turns in the plot.
Rebus is now out of retirement and back in the police service but, to achieve this, he has stepped down in rank to DS, whereas his former protégé, the often used and sometimes abused Siobhan Clarke is now a DI.
Rebus also has a couple of new playmates, with his former prime adversary and sometime collaborator, Big Ger Cafferty, replaced by the far younger and much smarter but equally villainous Darryl Christie and a new best friend, DI Fox.
The central plot is based around the dilemma Rebus faces when a corruption investigation is launched into the activities of a group of his former, very close colleagues but there are a plenty of other storylines going on at the same time to make this into a real page turner.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 21 October 2014
The past might feel like ancient history, but no one knows better than Rebus how it has a habit of catching up with you.

When politics and policing mix no stone is left unturned and everyone can be hurt when those in powerful places are looking to score points against their enemies.

Rebus finds himself torn between doing the right thing and protecting old friends. As the bodies start to pile up Rebus must put his trust in Michael Fox, a man who has little respect for Rebus, and whose actions could lead to John's loyalties being tested to the limit.

Rankin on top form showing us once again that there is always another Rebus story to tell and this one was absolutely gripping.
Jl Adcock
Jl Adcock Reply to on 4 April 2014
Ian Rankin continues to breathe new life into John Rebus, and if "Standing In Another Man's Grave" was a strong return to form for Rankin, then "Saints of The Shadow Bible" is, arguably, even better.

Combining elements of Rebus's shady backstory in the days of eighties policing with a recent murder enquiry, and bringing something of a thaw to the Cold War-type relations between him and Complaints cop Malcolm Fox, Rankin can draw on an impressive catalogue of work and beleivable, real characters, to now offer a potential new partnership for future books.

The dialogue in "Saints of The Shadow Bible" is particulary sharp and enjoyable, almost like reading something from a well-constructed script, and Rebus himself is shown with all his ambiguities and faults. Yes, he's a good cop, but also something of an increasingly outdated one, and it is this theme of an older man still battling with the modern world that has made his return something to savour in these latest stories.

Interestingly, as Fox and Rebus rub shoulders, something of each of them rubs off on the other. By the end of the book, Fox comes across as more human and likeable, while Rankin cleverly tops and tails the story with an illustration of Rebus's darker side, and the fact that he won't change how he approaches things.

Entering the world Rankin has constructed is to enjoy spending time with someone who has refreshed his series character - and seemingly his own interest in the genre at the same time. Streets ahead of other contemporary Scottish crime, there will be something very wrong if this latest title doesn't get some recognition in the next round of CWA awards. Hugely enjoyable. Can't wait for more.
Telthepensioner Reply to on 12 April 2017
The worst day's work for Ian Rankin was retiring John Rebus from the Police Force.
The best day's work he did was changing his mind and Rebus joining back up again, only at the slightly lower rank of Det. Sgt.
As always, the plot, twists and turns, and Rebus's dogged determination to get to the truth of the matter, are excellent. What makes me love him even more is the way his mind works and the fact that he's a bit of a lone wolf.
Great book, really well written and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series almost immediately.
Nice work, Mr. Rankin!
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 24 March 2017
Cracking story that moves along at a good pace. Having seen the TV series, I know what Rebus looks like and as I consider John Hannah to be such a brilliant actor this somehow adds to the pleasure! Anyway, about the book. I loved it going back to his early days, meeting his old work mates and hearing what happened. Also, the dilemma of loyalty versus honesty was skillfully handled. Yet another good book from Mr Rankin-I read this immediately after Dogs in the Wild and and we also have a fair few talking books, so Mr Rankin, two new fans . Thank you
Oldbiker Reply to on 5 January 2014
Ian Rankin was the author that whetted my appetite for Crime Fiction way back in the late 1980's when I discovered Rebus. Since then I've read the whole series as they've come out with a great sense of anticipation whenever a new book was announced.Sadly the last couple have hardly inspired,I found Exit Music way below standard and Standing In Another Man's Grave a Rebus book too far.I ended that one thinking,"please Ian,kill the bold boy off and leave us with our memories".I did at one point feel as if Ian Rankin wanted to do just that,the standalone Doors Open and the Malcolm fox books appeared to show that Rankin was either bored with everyone's favourite grumpy Cop or had decided he'd gone as far as he could with the character.Sadly others were beginning to agree and to be honest I wasn't too bothered about getting this one until it started appearing in the Charity shops.
Then,the clouds parted,a light shone from the heavens and I heard trumpets....well actually I discovered the Kindle App on my Tablet and saw it on sale for a quid.
The reward for my extravagance was Rankin back on form and the best Rebus book for a few years.Saints of the Shadow Bible has Rebus fighting the ghosts of his past and also perhaps gives us a glimpse into the future of Rankin's books.Malcolm Fox from "Complaints" finds himself moved to CID just as Rebus finds himself marking time.I'd guess that Rankin is sensitive to a lot of people disliking fox and wanting Rebus' return so he appears here seemingly ready to take over the series while Rebus eventually bows out.In this book Fox is a less unlikeable (sorry Ian,still not totally convinced) character than in the Complaints series and basically a cleaner cut version of the great man,even prepared to bend the rules a bit when required.
The story itself is one of ghosts of the past,redemption,changing times and loyalty,if you liked "the old Rebus" you'll love this one.I'd guess the future will bring Malcolm Fox becoming a more prominent and well-rounded character while Rebus fades into the background while mentoring Fox and initiating him into the dark arts of Rebus-style policing.
Great read,welcome back Rebus.
B Reply to on 23 August 2017
I've enjoyed Ian Rankin's Rebus books in the past. In this one Rebus has now retired and I think it's time for Rankin to actually let poor old Inspector Rebus enjoy his retirement, maybe do a spot of fishing, take up golf and have a large dram. Rankin, Rebus is now becoming boring and the material pretty repetitive. Sorry.
comm88 Reply to on 18 February 2018
If ever a plod has had its day, Rebus is it. This is frankly a wade from start to finish. A thin plot that is screechingly overwrought and a tired, jaded detective who simply has had his day. I won’t be reading any more Rebus - there are more engaging stories (and writers) out there who better deserve your time and mine because this wishy-washy and thoroughly feeble offering simply doesn’t.
lynsey Reply to on 7 February 2014
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 thirty-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?

After reading Standing in Another Mans Grave last year I was really happy to see the return of John Rebus and Siobhan Clark and every Rankin fan got their wish in that he brought in his new creation Malcolm Fox and his Complaints Team into the mix as well. After reading that book we all knew that it would have a love or hate relationship with the die hard fans, some would be on Team Rebus and others would be on Team Fox, so it is nice to see in the new Rebus novel Number 19 Saints of the Shadow Bible that the two old foes can be brought together in a way that satisfies everyone who loves and enjoys Ian Rankins novels,This book fully deserves the five star rating that it has been given and if I could have given it a higher mark I would have, it has all the classic markings of a great Ian Rankin novel in that it has the great character relationship, the brilliant storyline that keeps you guessing up to the final pages, takes you on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs and has you up all day and night waiting to find out what happens.

I hope now that 2014 will give us a new Clark, Fox and Rebus Novel number 20 as the way in which Ian Rankin has incorporated the New POLICE SCOTLAND and has managed to introduce us to new characters and make others fit into the fold, and shown us why he is considered by many to be the face of Scottish Tartan Noir. I for one have a lot to thank Ian Rankin for us he was the author who introduced be to the exciting world of Modern Day Scottish/ British Crime Fiction and for that I will be entirely thankful, as he opened up by eyes to a bunch of great Crime Author’s who I have had the pleasure of having over on this blog and who in turn have made me pround to be Scottish and have made others look at Scottish literature in a completely different light and brought it to the attention of thousands of people world wide.
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