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Summary

Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers.

Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on Earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary?

Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice....

©2011 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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'Real' Intrigue

Once again Ian Rankin takes the stories for real families and weaves them into a very believable narrative - Rebus is a small player in a big pond - but that does not put him off - as ever he wants to get to the truth - and justice. Once again well drawn characters inhabit this book of intrigue in high places.

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Excellent

I read this novel years ago probably when it first came out. I have been finding it so hard to find decent audiobooks that I thought I would try this one again knowing that I would probably have forgotten most of the plot, which was indeed the case! What a treat it turned out to be, even second time around. Marvellous to listen to such a well crafted novel, full of well drawn characters and a great plot, beautifully read. The combination of great writing and great narration seems to be incredibly hard to find these days. I think I will need to revisit more of Ian Rankin’s back catalogue.

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Good Read/Listen super Character s

Not sure what to expect from Let it Bleed, although crime related not your normal investigation. That said enjoyed it, strong p!it and characters made it. Would encourage everyone to read or listen

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Sleekit politicians and entrepreneurs

Rebus is drawn into a web of corruption and obfuscation at the highest levels of pre-Devolution Establishment. Ian Rankin's novels offer a social history of Edinburgh and beyond, worth revisiting in order now and again, provoking both nostalgia and recognition that many things are better. In this book, computers come to every polis in Lothian & Borders, most of whom are still coming to terms with mobile phones (unsmart, as yet).
Unpredictable exciting tale.

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A Great Tale

Hats off to Ian Rankin, James MacPherson, and Audible, for a super story of greed, fed by corruption , and peppered by mendacity.

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Just started series

Great book , did not enjoy as much as others , complicated story line , hard to follow

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Perhaps the best Rebus novel

I’ve read and listened to this novel several times. It’s clever, very funny, beautifully written and as always, the narrator James McPherson is pitch perfect.

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Let it Bleed

Excellent Book. The best in the series up till now! I will now download the next two books in the series and update you as I listen. :)

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Let it Bleed

Another masterpiece. Prior to these books I really enjoyed Rebus on TV. Books just take it to another level. Onto the next instalment.

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Great story - Rebus at his best

My first review. I was moved to write it as it proved a great lockdown escape. It keeps challenging the reader to decide what THEY would do in that situation. I’d happily recommend it.