Black & Blue

Black & Blue

An Inspector Rebus Mystery

Book - 1997
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Already tackling a murder in Edinburgh, Inspector John Rebus becomes involved when a copy-cat serial rapist called "Bible Johnny" begins striking in Aberdeen and must keep his wits about him in the center of the media circus surrounding the case

Blackwell North Amer
"Bible John" terrorized Glasgow in the sixties and seventies, murdering three women he met in a local ballroom - and he was never caught. Now a copycat is at work. Nicknamed "Bible Johnny" by the media, he is a new menace with violent ambitions. The Bible Johnny case would be perfect for Inspector John Rebus, but after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, he's been shunted aside to one of Edinburgh's 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 with caution: One mistake could mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death, or, worse still, losing his job.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1997.
Edition: 1st U. S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312167837
Branch Call Number: M RAN
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Black and blue.


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Apr 11, 2016

Slow to develop to a very unsatisfying conclusion. Good use of local jargon and color but the incompetency of the constabulary would seem to be the whole point of the tale. Nobody does anything right unless prodded by Rebus whom no one seems to like. A strange sort of anti-hero.


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