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Publisher's Summary

Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big.

As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.

Features a new introduction narrated by Ian himself.

©1997 John Rebus Ltd (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Many characters. Complex plot.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, easy to listen to and very well narrated/performed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested. I wouldn't say the edge of my seat though.

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

Fabulous. One listens to the story and forgets that it is just one person reading. Every character has a different voice and they are all recognizable. He even maintains the characters through the other books. Wonderful!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'd say two. It is long.

Any additional comments?

Be warned it is a complex plot with a LOT of different characters. One does have to really pay attention to names and occupation of the characters in order to follow the story.

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  • MargBlue72
  • 10-07-16

Favourite Rankin book so far.

So I started reading this series from the beginning I.e. Knots & Crosses and couldn't see what all the fuss was about. But Black & Blue didn't disappoint. Lots of action, twists and turns. It was useful to have back story on some of the characters. I sometimes find it hard to keep up with all the different characters that Ian Rankin introduces, but like a ball of tangled wool it unravels towards the end of the book, as all becomes clear. I like James Mcpherson's narration and he makes listening a pleasure. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Rebus books.

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  • Mrs
  • 08-26-16

Fascinating-----riveting

Having lived through the Bible John saga etc. there were answers proffered and even more lanes to go up.
Have promised myself to start it all again at the beginning to savour all the bits I'm sure I missed

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  • Sally
  • 04-24-16

Nah! B O R I N G!!!! what a waste of a credit

Well I am sorry Ian Rankin, but this Rebus story bored me to tears. The story dragged on and didn't have a conclusion to speak of. It meandered backward and forwards and it It felt as though Rankin thought" right I've written the contracted pages so I'll end it abruptly, collect the money and go"
I felt thoroughly cheated wasted my credit GRRRR
In the end I didn't give a stuff who Bible John .....Arrrgh..... was whether they cxaught him or his copy cat... just so long as he stopped saying Bible John every other word....
I loved Rebus on the TV both with John Hannah and Ken Stott as Rebus but this was dire, The narrator droned on.. I like him in Taggart but his voice has aged and become montone. If he called the police "woolly suits" one more time I think my ipad would have been wrenched from my ears and stamped on, there were other tedious repeated phrases.. equally annoying. Padding out of lines methinks!!!
. Ian Rankin has definitely lost me as a reader,/listener, it is only because I didn't want a black mark against me that I didn't return it

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  • Teresa evans
  • 06-26-18

rebus

It was a good listen only problem is understandi g the narrater otherwise its good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-18

Best yet

Loved it. Best Rebus yet. Very well narrated. gripping til the very end. Also cheaper than others

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  • MR
  • 11-07-17

Excellent narration

This was the first book with Rebus that drew me into the series and I have just revisited it after many years. Thankfully it’s just as good as I remember it being and the narration by James McPherson only serves to make it even better. Highly recommended.

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  • Allison Loney
  • 08-07-17

Excellent story. Excellent narrator.

Classic Rebus audiobook. Multiple story lines and as always the narrator was just spot on

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  • I. Finlayson
  • 03-28-17

One of the best Rebus books

Fantastic book. It has Rebus in the doghouse whilst working 3 cases and under investigation. This book focuses a lot on Rebus himself and Clarke, Holmes & Big German have minor parts. A great read but an even better listen

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  • John
  • 03-10-17

Great Story telling

Excellent place to start , enjoying the complex world of John Rebus .

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  • Mr StuartC67
  • 02-06-17

Rebus at his best.

Loved it from start to finish. Super story telling by both the author and narrator.