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Ian Rankin

'A Question Of Blood'
Publisher: Orion (Paperback)
ISBN: 0752858963

'Ian Rankin biography by Chris High

The fifteenth outing for Rankin's Inspector John Rebus, sees him defend one of his colleagues in extreme circumstances and having to return to his past army life, to try and solve a particularly callous murder.

Front cover of the book 'A Question Of Blood by Ian Rankin


Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails with the main question being 'why'? But this takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community and, being ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone.

This is a book well up to Rankin's usual high standards. His ability to bring the streets and people of Edinburgh to life, never fail to astonish and his grip on pace and intrigue never seems to lessen.

The unpredictability of the Rebus character is manifest in the easy put downs of his superiors, whilst at the same time it can be clearly seen that beneath the bravado, he is as troubled a man who has ever walked the edges of despair.

The fact that Rebus rarely falls into the abyss of self-destructive pity and so maintain his plausibility, is due entirely to the skill of his creator.

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Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

  
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