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Book Title: Let It Bleed|
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The size of the: 25.80 MB
ISBN 13: 9780752868769
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The author of the book: Ian Rankin
Edition: Orion Publishing Group
Date of issue: December 2nd 2004
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Every time I think I’ve read all of the John Rebus books I seem to discover another one that’s slipped through the net. This time I’m convinced it’s the last one – I’ve triple checked! It’s one of the early books (released in 1995) and some of the technology and the politics have moved on since it came out, but that only adds to its charm. It’s like catching an old episode of a television series you used to love. And due to the random order I’ve read these books it took me a while to catch up on where Rebus stood with a number of his colleagues who’ve popped up numerous times over the years – some friends, some foe.
The storyline kicks off with a mad car chase over the Forth Bridge which ends with Rebus crawling towards a couple of young lads who have crawled from the wreckage of their car. They are suspected of perpetrating the kidnap of a young girl. But before Rebus can reach them he watches as one boy wraps his arms around the other and, leaning back, gently and soundlessly tips them both into a fatal fall to the Firth of Forth below. It’s a harrowing scene and one that’s going to haunt Rebus. Was that suicide? It certainly looked that way.
Before long there’s another episode – definitely suicide this time. An ex-con uses a sawn-off to end his days in the office of a local councillor. Are these events linked in any way? On the face of it no, but on the other hand this is an Ian Rankin novel and coincidence is something neither he nor Rebus is a great believer in.
As always, the interactions between characters are brilliantly written. To me, this is the single biggest joy of these books. Rebus is dry and cutting. Why give a straightforward response if you can be cryptic and wry? And the support characters are excellent too. In this book I particularly enjoyed John’s sparring with his bête noire, Detective Inspector Alistair Flower, and also with his flustered and frustrated boss, Chief Superintendent Thomas ‘Farmer’ Watson. At times it’s subtle and clever but mostly it’s just laugh out loud funny. But overall these tend to be dark tales and it’s not long before we’re sneaking back into posh Edinburgh’s dark underbelly.
I wont go into the bigger story – in truth it was a little convoluted for my tastes – but suffice to say it all gets very murky and then everything becomes clear. These books don’t always have happy endings, Rebus has a self-destructive streak and he’s a stubborn ass too. He’s as likely to self-destruct at his potential moment of success as any fictional character I’ve come across. Does he here? Well I’m afraid you’re just going to have to read it to find out.
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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow. He is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.
A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.
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