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Summary

Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big.

As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

Features a new introduction narrated by Ian himself.

©1997 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Favourite Rankin book so far.

So I started reading this series from the beginning I.e. Knots & Crosses and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. But Black & Blue didn't disappoint. Lots of action, twists and turns. It was useful to have back story on some of the characters. I sometimes find it hard to keep up with all the different characters that Ian Rankin introduces, but like a ball of tangled wool it unravels towards the end of the book, as all becomes clear. I like James Mcpherson's narration and he makes listening a pleasure. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Rebus books.

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Fascinating-----riveting

Having lived through the Bible John saga etc. there were answers proffered and even more lanes to go up.
Have promised myself to start it all again at the beginning to savour all the bits I'm sure I missed

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Excellent story. Excellent narrator.

Classic Rebus audiobook. Multiple story lines and as always the narrator was just spot on

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I am sure the book is great but the narrative is in broad Glaswegian and I found it particularly difficult to follow the story while concentrating on the dialogue.

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Tense thriller as usual. Unsatisfactory ending.

tense well written thriller. Great narration. seems to run to a stop rather than storylines being resolved.

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Another enjoyable book of Rebus

Enjoyed the book throughout. Engaging and well written, makes you feel you know the characters.

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Excellent!!!

I have really enjoyed the rest of the books in the series up till now. But this book jumps up a notch. Excellent! I can't wait to start the next book.

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  • 14-04-21

Rebus

Not as fine as later novels in the Rebus series but a good read.
Major error by narrator was to read the Shetland characters with Western Isles accents - toe curlingly awful error which spoilt those sections in the story.

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A scenario to far

I like twists and turns and dastardly villains that's why I read Ian Rankin, but this was just pushing the plot envelope a wee bit to far.

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Good however a little disjointed at times

I thought the overall performance from the narrator was excellent. I did have a few problems with the logical consistency of the plot. However overall I enjoyed the audiobook and think a second listen will make everything clearer for me.

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  • 14-02-16

Many characters. Complex plot.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, easy to listen to and very well narrated/performed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested. I wouldn't say the edge of my seat though.

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

Fabulous. One listens to the story and forgets that it is just one person reading. Every character has a different voice and they are all recognizable. He even maintains the characters through the other books. Wonderful!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'd say two. It is long.

Any additional comments?

Be warned it is a complex plot with a LOT of different characters. One does have to really pay attention to names and occupation of the characters in order to follow the story.

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