Saints Of The Shadow Bible

Hardcover | November 5, 2013

byIan Rankin

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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.

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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 passe...

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saints of the Shadow Bible Very easy reading. Excellent underlying storyline relevant to Scotland today. The unravelling of the 2 cases and their links with one another made this a page turner.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saints of the Shadow Bible Ian Rankin in finest form! He continues to develop Rebus while adding Malcolm Fox as a partner - an effective and enjoyable team! Great story with current political developments as a background.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saints of the Shadow Bible Ian Rankin in finest form! He continues to develop Rebus while adding Malcolm Fox as a partner - an effective and enjoyable team! Great story with current political developments as a background.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable!! John Rebus has returned to the force to find that one of his cold cases has been reopened for examination. Malcolm Fox, the antagonist, is investigating. Is Rebus hiding anything? Read more to find out.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exit Music: The Reprise! 2013-11-24 : Book Review for Chapters-Indigo Online Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rank. Orion Pubishing Group. © 2013. On January 29, 2013, the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, received the newly-elected Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marios, on a state visit at the Scottish Parliament on her way home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The French text of the official communiqué concludes with the following paragraph: « Les deux premiers ministres ont aussi échangé sur leurs situations politiques respectives et ont conclu que Québécois et Écossais décideront eux-mêmes de leur propre destinée.» The next day the editorial cartoon in the Montreal Gazette by Aislin (Terry Mosher) showed the Premier in a blue and black tartan with a dark blue beret sporting a white fleur-de-lis in the centre. She was offering a large platter of food in her out-stretched arms. The caption read: “Haggis Poutine”. On August 7, 2013, a bill authorizing a referendum on Scottish independence received Royal Assent. The referendum is now set for Thursday, September 18, 2014. It is against the backdrop of this unfolding drama that Ian Rankin has set his latest Rebus novel. What could be more inviting for mature Canadian murder mystery readers? John Rebus has returned to the Force, a rank lower than on his retirement on a take-it-or leave basis, amid an ongoing complete overhaul of the Scottish police network. It is a touchy start with his nemesis, Detective Inspector Malcolm Fox, on his last assignment in the “Complaints” on behalf of the Scottish Solicitor-General. She is seeking a retrial of a thirty something year-old homicide case based on new legislation she has brought in waiving double jeopardy. The case touches Rebus’ three colleagues and one of their wives when he joined the force. In those bygone days, they were the “Saints” and the “shadow bible” they spit and swore mutually loyalty on was a leather-bound copy of Scots Criminal Law. One of these, the senior officer of the group, fell on his sword and resigned at the time of the original acquittal based on the uniquely Scottish verdict of “Not Proven” and allegations of police incompetence/interference with the evidence. Former DCI, and current multi-millionaire businessman, Stefan Gilmour has subsequently become poster boy for the “NO” campaign on the referendum. Simultaneously, the Scottish Justice Minister and poster boy for the “YES” campaign, Pat McCuskey, is murdered in his home in an apparent break-in burglary shortly following a serious car accident which leaves his son’s girlfriend temporarily hospitalised. She was seriously injured and abandoned at the scene of the accident near the Edinburgh Airport and not far from the Minister’s residence, Rebus suspects, by person or person unknown. Against this backdrop and the known elements of the new and younger criminal underground of Edinburgh, Rankin deftly again weaves the three elements of the plot: the resurrection of the old cold case and the role of the Lothian and Borders officers of the time in its prosecution, the investigation of the murder of the Justice Minister and Rebus’ dogged independent pursuit of another cold case, the murder of woman on Arthur’s Seat suspected by Rebus to have been committed by her widower. Rich stuff! As the tale unfolds, we enjoy the play among Rebus’ old protégé and current boss, DI Siobhan Clarke, DI Fox and the wiry old dog himself and his old and new tricks. We are kept current with the use of new technologies by the players and their impacts on the contemporary investigative process. The dialogue is up to Rankin’s enthralling standard and bite: in the case of a detested dog on it’s way to the vet : “Nothing trivial, I hope”, Rebus said. We are also, gently and not so gently, eased into the trials, stresses and ailments of the aging process and the secular decline of septuagenarians and octogenarians, for some of whom at least their previous life-style choices have at last caught up with them. Continuity comes from Rebus’ addiction to, among other things, popular music of the sixties to the eighties, with an honourable mention of Neil Young. And, we get fleeting glimpses of DI Clarke’s ricocheting love life as she assumes increasing responsibility finally as lead officer on one of the cases as they too begin to collide with one another. There is also a hint of a possible new romantic interest for Rebus himself which may well be the subject of later instalments. The whole Herculean dynamic of building requisite trust among the mutually suspicious trio of protagonist colleagues is gripping and precarious. The conclusion can only be foreseen by the most experienced of murder mystery aficionados but it is utterly credible and classically tragic in hindsight. This latest Rankin work is possibly the peak of his game to date, a hypnotic read, a major reprise for Exit Music and a teasing prospect of more yet to come. Happy reading!
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin This latest Rebus offering is one of his best in awhile.  He builds and blends his main characters in an interesting and creative manner.  I very much enjoyed this novel.
Date published: 2013-11-19