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Bible John killed three women, and took three souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to steal his namesake's glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his principles. And convict Lenny Spaven died just to prove a point. "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.
Written with Ian Rankin's signature wit, style and intricacy, Black and Blue is a novel of uncommon and unforgettable intrigue.
Review: "I'm a peeper, he thought, a voyeur. All cops are. But he knew he was more than that: he liked to get involved in the lives around him. He had a need to know which went beyond voyeurism. It was a drug. And the thing was, when he had all this knowledge, he then had to use booze to blank it out..." In his ninth outing, Edinburgh's glowering and tenacious Inspector John Rebus finds a unique way of cutting back on alcohol. Convinced that Rebus might lie or try to destroy evidence in the reopened case of a man convicted of a murder he probably didn't commit, the investigating officer assigns him a babysitter. Luckily, the minder is one of Rebus's old mentors, Jack Morton, a former drinking buddy now waging a successful battle against the bottle. Rebus and Morton burn off energy and anger repainting Rebus's apartment, while trying to clear Rebus's name and exploring the connection between a recent string of murders and a real-life Scottish serial killer of the 1970s known as Bible John. The cases take Rebus to Aberdeen and an oil platform in the North Atlantic, but as usual the main action happens within the mind and soul of Rankin's meticulously crafted creation. Previous entries in the memorable Rebus series are also available, including Let It Bleed, Hide and Seek, Knots and Crosses, Mortal Causes, and Tooth and Nail.
Title: Black and Blue
Publisher: Orion Books
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Ex library book, usual markings. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Seller Inventory # P_M12-C02_0010_ZZ_06/19
Book Description Orion Books, 1997. Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP17568344
Book Description Orion, London, 1997. Hard cover. Condition: Very good in good dust jacket. 320 p. Inspector Rebus. Audience: General/trade. There is a couple of lines of illegible writing on the first free endpage, otherwise a clean, tight copy. Dust jacket is missing a small piece at the top and bottom of spine. It is now enclosed in mylar. Seller Inventory # Alibris0007244
Book Description Orion, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. ~~Withdrawn Ex-Library, usual stamps and protective sleeve~~Quite Good/Good 1st impression 1st ed 1997 Orion hardback, unclipped DJ with price intact to lower corner of DJ flap. Library stamps and labels to front, water staining along top left edge of pages next to spine binding which is a little separated from backing of spine, all pages tight and secure, otherwise tidy and unmarked. More by this author available Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Category: Crime Fiction; ISBN: 0752805142. ISBN/EAN: 9780752805146. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 075949. Seller Inventory # 075949
Book Description Orion, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Black Boards with silver lettering on the spine. 1st print hardcover. Good square binding. No inscriptions. Seller Inventory # 7739
Book Description Orion Books, 1997. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0752805142-2-4
Book Description Orion, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression. Fine: tight and square binding in sharp black boards, and very crisp and clean, presenting as unread; gently pushed to the heel of the spine and a little toning to the edge of the page block. The unclipped and unpriced dustwrapper is Near Fine+: crisp and bright with a couple of minor wrinkles to the heel of the spine and just a touch of sunning to the green type to the spine; presents beautifully in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Seller Inventory # 577
Book Description Orion London, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardback 1st ed 1st printing. 394 pp Both book and dust jacket are in very good condition. The jacket is a little edge worn with 2 tiny nicks and the page edges are browned. Seller Inventory # 102547
Book Description Orion Books, 1997. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. One of the original unpriced 300 of the 600 first printing. Generally in very good condition, though a very small amount of damage to the dust jacket (see pics). Seller Inventory # 000480
Book Description Orion Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. NF/NF. First UK edition, first printing. Signed by author with doodle on title page. 394 pp. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 25105