Widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic for his brilliant John Rebus novels--which have been optioned by BBC Television--Scottish author Ian Rankin stands as one of today's most accomplished writers of suspense fiction. Rankin, Edgar Award nominee and recipient of England's coveted Gold Dagger Award, has captured a vast audience of readers hungry for a new kind of mystery protagonist: one with grit, wit, and humanity--and they've found it in Detective John Rebus
A murdered oil-rig worker. A copy-cat serial killer dubbed "Johnny Bible." And a reopened investigation that doesn't bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus's Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he's got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job--or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: The plot thickens...and thickens and thickens, July 21, 2003 Reviewer: Kenneth Feldman from New York, NY United States Let me say at the outset that I am a Rankin fan. Police Detective John Rebus is a real human character, and Edinburgh makes a fascinating background to his stories, which are generally well plotted. However, "In Black and Blue," Rankin was just a little too ambitious. There are enough plots and subplots for five books, and he isn't always deft at juggling them. I often found myself scratching my head and flipping back pages to remember who a particular character was (there are a dozen major police characters alone). This is a major distraction in a mystery novel, which should be read full steam ahead. The plot strands involve gangsters, drug dealers, rogue cops, the oil trade, and two (count them two) serial killers. The denouement of all this is far from satisfying: the strands don't come together as neatly as a reader would have wished. I'm still high on Rankin, but I wish he had turned this one into two separate novels (perhaps "Black" and "Blue").