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Black and Blue: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus Novels)

By Ian Rankin

Bible John killed 3 girls, and took 3 souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to thieve his namesake's glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his rules. And convict Lenny Spaven died simply to end up some degree. "Bible John" terrorized Glasgow within the sixties and seventies, murdering 3 ladies he met in an area ballroom--and he used to be by no means stuck. Now a copycat is at paintings. Nicknamed "Bible Johnny" by way of the media, he's a brand new risk with violent objectives.

The Bible Johnny case will be ideal for Inspector John Rebus, yet after a run-in with a crooked senior officer, he is been shunted apart to at least one of Edinburgh's hardest suburbs, the place he investigates the homicide of an off-duty oilman. His research takes him north to the oil rigs of Aberdeen, the place he meets the Bible Johnny media circus head-on. abruptly stuck within the glare of the tv cameras and in the course of multiple research, Rebus needs to continue with warning: One mistake may suggest an uncongenial and never relatively fast loss of life, or, worse nonetheless, wasting his activity.

Written with Ian Rankin's signature wit, variety and intricacy, Black and Blue is a singular of unusual and unforgettable intrigue.

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Baby-Faced Killer Claims 3rd Victim’; ‘Public Warned: Be Vigilant’. a lot an analogous banners Bible John used to be incomes 1 / 4 century prior to. Johnny Bible’s first sufferer: Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Michelle Strachan got here from Pittenweem in Fife, so after all all her bushy Boot buddies known as her Michelle Fifer. She didn’t seem like her near-namesake: brief and thin, mousy shoulder-length hair, entrance tooth favorite. She used to be a scholar at Robert Gordon collage. Raped, strangled, one shoe lacking. sufferer , six weeks later: Angela Riddell, Angie to her acquaintances. In her time she’d labored at an escort service provider, been arrested in a slapper sweep close to Leith docks, and fronted a blues band, husky-voiced yet attempting too challenging. A list corporation had now published the band’s in basic terms demo as a CD unmarried, earning profits from ghouls and the curious. Edinburgh CID had spent loads of hours – hundreds of thousands of guy hours – trawling via Angie Riddell’s earlier, searching out outdated consumers, associates, enthusiasts of the band, trying to find a prozzy punter grew to become killer, an obsessed blues fan, no matter what. Warriston Cemetery, the place the physique used to be came across, used to be a recognized hang-out of Hell’s Angels, beginner black magicians, perverts and loners. within the days following the invention of the physique, at useless of evening you have been prone to journey over a slumbering surveillance staff than a crucified cat. A month-long hole, within which the 1st murders were hooked up – Angie Riddell not just raped and strangled, yet lacking a particular necklace, a row of two-inch steel crosses, received in Cockburn road – then a 3rd killing, this time in Glasgow. Judith Cairns, ‘Ju-Ju’, used to be at the dole, which hadn’t stopped her operating in a chip store past due evenings, a pub a few lunchtimes, and as a inn chambermaid weekend mornings. while she used to be stumbled on useless, there has been no signal of her backpack, which associates swore she took far and wide, even to golf equipment and warehouse raves. 3 ladies, elderly nineteen, twenty-four and twenty-one, murdered inside 3 months. It used to be weeks on account that Johnny Bible had struck. A six-week hole among sufferers one and have been whittled to a calendar month among and 3. everybody used to be ready, looking forward to the worst attainable information. Rebus drank his espresso, ate his croissant, and tested pictures of the 3 sufferers, culled from the newspapers, blown-up grainy, all of the younger women smiling, how you purely frequently did for a photographer. The digital camera continually lied. Rebus knew quite a bit concerning the sufferers, so little approximately Johnny Bible. notwithstanding no police officer might admit it in public, they have been impotent, all yet facing the motions. It was once his play; they have been looking ahead to him to slide up: overconfidence, or boredom, or an easy wish to be stuck, the information of what used to be correct and mistaken. They have been watching for a chum, a neighbour, a family member to come back ahead, probably an nameless name – one who might turn out no longer basically malicious. They have been all ready. Rebus ran a finger over the largest photograph of Angie Riddell. He’d identified her, have been a part of the workforce that had arrested her and many different operating ladies that evening in Leith.

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