Saints of the Shadow Bible

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Book - 2013
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When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash. Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police.

Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder. A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re-prosecute old crimes and a thirty-year-old case is being reopened, with Rebus and his team from back then suspected of corruption and worse.

Known as 'the Saints', his colleagues swore a bond of mutual loyalty on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But with Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer - and determined to use Rebus for his own ends - the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer.

With political turmoil threatening to envelop Scotland, who really are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE not only reaches back to the past to find out what John Rebus did, but also to discover who he really is.
Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781409144748
1409144747
Characteristics: 328 p. --

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Excellent Ian Rankin as always, Character development is a bit thin, I felt. I did not come away with a better impression of Rebus' history but the complexity of being a rookie in a bent police detachment was really thought provoking

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rb3221
Apr 13, 2016

My first Rankin novel and I was not disappointed and will be reading another next. It is an enjoyable and suspenseful story right to an interesting ending.
Rebus, the flawed but somewhat lovable main character and 'hero' is now a DI, having come out of retirement and now working under his former partner, Siobhan Clarke.

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ndexter
Feb 13, 2015

Rankin creatively brings together his 'big three' crime solving protagonist; John Rebus, Siobban Clarke, and Malcolm Fox interactively in a multifaceted storyline of two separate crimes that have interrelated characters.
Also, though not related to these crimes, Rankin includes acknowledge-ment of a current factual political topic; the UK and Scotland together or separated.
Whereas several crimes; past and present are uncovered and solved Rankin utilizes the 'big three's'; knowledge of police procedures, experience and knowledge individually and collectively making for excellent crime solving that is; probable, thought provoking, rational and a good read.

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gvenkatesh
Jan 16, 2015

Engaging reading with witty, lively dialogues and a mystery that is more or less preserved till the end.

Like the crossover episodes in TV serials, author brings two of his characters - Rebus and Fox from separate series into this book. But it is clear that Fox has the cameo role here and it is a Rebus mystery. I also suspect that Rebus will be retired soon and this is the transition to introduce Fox for Rebus audiences as Fox moves to being a detective from the Complaints department.

Like all his novels, the book feels like written by an ex cop and like an insider book for the police force with all its idiosyncrasies and warts.

This is reinforced by the one glaring flaw of the author in his novels - no one outside the police department has any interesting or significant character role. They are all just props and mostly flawed or villainous for the police to play with.

The inability of the police characters to interact with people outside other than in an official capacity may have some truth to it but it makes his novels seem like written by a cop for cops.

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John_M
Dec 17, 2014

Not a bad police novel. Hope police forces are not like those described by Ian Rankin.

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akmarti
Oct 07, 2014

Another good mystery by Ian Rankin. This better than the previous book, Standing in Another Man's Grave. I liked the dynamics between Rebus, Siobhan, and Fox. The secrets, lies, and relationships from both the past and the present are used to create an entertaining and engaging story for the reader. As usual Rebus's past casts shadows on the present, and Fox's investigations into that past provides for an interesting relationship between those two characters. It can be read as a stand-alone, but would be best appreciated by those familiar with Rankin's Rebus mysteries.

Excellent Ian Rankin as always, Character development is a bit thin, I felt. I did not come away with a better impression of Rebus' history but the complexity of being a rookie in a bent police detachment was really thought provoking.

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Palomino
Feb 26, 2014

Ian Rankin never disappoints. Our tough hero is as bad as ever, and I love it.

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terran22
Jan 24, 2014

Love Rebus!

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123Shannon
Jan 10, 2014

enjoyed this book from start to finish. didn't skip over any pages like i usually do. hope ian rankin continues writing books.

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