Black and Blue (Inspector Rebus, #8) by Ian Rankin
The Bible Johnny case would be perfect for Inspector John Rebus, but after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, hes been shunted aside to one of Edinburghs toughest suburbs, where he investigates the murder of an off-duty oilman. His investigation takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, where he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head-on. Suddenly caught in the glare of the television cameras and in the middle of more than one investigation, Rebus must proceed wiht caution: One mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death, or, worse still, losing his job.
Written with Ian Rankins signature wit, style and intricacy, Black and Blue is a novel of uncommon and unforgettable intrigue.
Black and Blue (special edition)
Now here's one judging panel that knows how to please its patrons. Born in , Rankin has rapidly pushed the archetypally solitary and messed-up Rebus into the premier league of fictional sleuths. Rooted in the gritty, downbeat and casually brutal ground of Scottish urban low-life, his Rebus stories share much more with the moral tangles of American noir than with the gentlemanly enquiries of the classic English whodunit. Talk about retro-chic. Rebus sniffs out the newcomer's trail as memories of the original killer return, and a murky episode from his own past comes back to plague him. Meanwhile, a tortured corpse and a cocaine-running route leads him to the seedy clubs of boom-town Aberdeen, then onto the storm-battered oil platforms of the North Sea.
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After a while, he simply disappeared. Now there is an imitator, called Johnny Bible. Inspector Rebus wants desperately to find him. But so does Bible John! Nor does he like the renewed attention to his own case, having been successfully in hiding now for some time. So he too gets involved in the hunt for Johnny Bible, and as a matter of pride, wants to find him before the police do. It is called Black and Blue after the Rolling Stones album by the same name, and there are some sly allusions to its songs throughout the story.