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The Black Book: From the Iconic #1 Bestselling Writer of Channel 4’s MURDER ISLAND (Inspector Rebus Book 5) (English Edition) Kindle-editie
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"With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Thick and zesty as a bottomless bowl of Scotch broth. ...Rebus ... shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page." --Kirkus Reviews
"No one captures the noirish side of the city as well as Rankin." --Sunday Telegraph
"Ian Rankin joins the elite of British crime writing." --Marcel Berlins, The Times--Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.
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- ASIN : B002U3CBLQ
- Uitgever : Orion; 1e editie (19 december 2008)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 3470 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Schermlezer : Ondersteund
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 372 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #13,173 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
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The fictional police station of Great London Road was razed to the ground in the fourth novel and The Black Book is the first to mark the move to St Leonard's Square. Although Rebus should be resident with girlfriend, Dr Patience Aitken at Oxford Terrace, booted out thanks to one disagreement too many, he is kipping on the sofa of the flat he rents to students in Arden Street, Marchmont. As he contemplates the "black comedy" of his life, it swiftly worsens with the arrival of his brother, Michael, back from London after a three years sojourn at Her Majesty's Pleasure and the news that his dependable DS, Brian Holmes, has received a blunt instrument to the back of the head.. Found in the car park of his regular nightly haunt, The Heartbreak Cafe, ex-girlfriend Nell suspects that the "black book" of cryptic notes, a mix of rumour and hearsay that Holmes kept on his person could provide the answer to the mystery of his unprovoked assault. Nell suspects he had worries on his mind and as Rebus waits with bated breath for the recovery of an unconscious Holmes, he focuses on the fire which destroyed the Central Hotel five years previously that is extensively covered in Holmes "black book" and something more significant than the surveillance operation; that of placing Big Ger at the scene.
Added to this Rebus also handles a stabbing in a butchers with the victim unwilling to corroborate any details and the arrival of a convicted sex offender in the locality. Keeping a close eye on the surveillance operation results, albeit without putting in too much legwork, Rebus stokes these ongoing enquiries all with an eye on the bigger prize of Big Ger. With Holmes in hospital, the officer who works alongside Rebus is female DC Clarke. As a graduate with a flat bought for her by wealthy parents, DC Siobhan Clarke respects Rebus but is exasperated by his reluctance to adhere to the rules and confident enough to hold her own against her boss. Notoriously secretive and narrow-minded when he fixated on a case, Clarke is smart enough to put up with Rebus's sometimes frustrating methodology and occasionally humour him, knowing that working alongside him could teach her a few tricks about the low-life in the city. Notably Clarke and Rebus seem to strike up a relaxed rapport as they bang heads cross-referencing the case notes on Big Ger and the Central Hotel blaze and critically Rebus treats his underlings like equals, valuing their input.
Morris Gerald Cafferty - Big Ger - is Edinburgh's premier gangster with a reputation that rules the city with a foreboding threat of terror. In the same respects that Rebus is a 'dinosaur' in the changing landscape of policing, Big Ger represents the old guard of gangster, with a marked respect for each other and has more in common with Rebus than either will admit to. Both men seem to enjoy jousting against each other whenever they meet, and the result is often a barrage of wit. Big Ger has a magnetic aura that adds to his towering reputation that not even John Rebus is immune to, with the reflected glory that being worthy of his company implying that you are someone to be reckoned with. Despite his desire to see Big Ger go down for a decent stretch, Rebus is as flawed as the next man on the street, and occasionally fooled by the many faces of Cafferty.
Written in the wake of Rankin's spell in the US of A the puns are worse than ever with Rebus having particular amusement at the expense of the menu at The Heartbreak Cafe (King Shrimp Creole, Love Me Tenderloin, Blue Suede Choux, In The Gateaux), but as usual the nicknames of his colleagues and wrong 'uns across Edinburgh more than make up for it, from Chief Superintendent 'Farmer' Watson, Chief Inspector 'Fart' Lauderdale and, best of all, adversary DI 'Little Weed' Flower! Although in The Black Book, Rankin has delivered an assemblage of plots requiring a few too many bit part players, he once again seems to rouse Rebus into the close in order to pull this into coherent order. The result relies strongly on a few too many convenient coincidences but leaves Rebus once again coming through by the skin of his teeth and sets up his enduring adversary with the "clever scum" that is Cafferty.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
I’ve been wanting to re-visit these Rebus novels for some time and chose book 5 as my starting point to begin the series. My choice was almost immediately confirmed by Rankin’s own comments and the sense that from this book his writing and stories truly blossom and his characters take on enduring worth.
Edinburgh has always held some fascination for me and my thoughts returned to it this week as my daughter travelled there on a City Break. Perhaps that was the spark I needed to fall in love again with John Rebus. In these books the city takes on a character in its own right and the locations work well wonderfully with the dark side of these novels.
Interestingly Big Ger the gangster here is said to be have become hard from a young age ,having grown up on the Craigmillar estate. This is no exaggeration in my mind having visited it in the mid 1970’s from rural Suffolk as a naïve teenager. My friend and I stayed with a Baptist minister and we quickly learned the police always came in fours to knock on doors. I think we were saved by our association with this respected leader of the youth mission and our cheap trainers.
The Black Book is a classic novel as current and relevant now as when it was first issued. It tells of the terror in business ventures around protection money, the fear and enforcement of a gangland thug no-one would testify against and a cold case it seems even the senior police officers do not want re-opening.
But this corruption and culture of silence stimulates a determined Rebus who loves nothing more than a puzzle, especially if the solution could promise to expose the nefarious activities of crime boss Morris Gerald Cafferty - Big Ger.
The novel also introduces DC Siobhan Clarke who grows into Rebus’ trusty sidekick. A Lewis to his Morse but a able copper in her own right. From this point the books grow in strength with plots worthy of this genre.
This was a great place to start over with Rankin’s Rebus. Having read the 4 preceding titles already and no wish to return there. I feel energised to read them now in series order. Mortal Causes is next (number 6) and we’ve reached 23 and counting plus the short stories along the way. So much to look forward to in the coming days.
I’m so pleased with my decision, I only wonder why I left it so long. I hope new readers and old fans like me will find similar enthusiasm in the pages of a Rebus novel.
From this Rankin creates a wonderful story with Rebus finding the black book and looking into a closed case in his own time that will take him to places he couldn't possibly see coming.
At the same time Rebus bosses are launching another attempt at catching some of the money laundering gangsters in the area and Rebus along with a young female Detective named Siobhan Clarke will be leading the surveillance operation. Siobhan who would become Rebus sidekick in the later books makes her first appearance and the book is much better for it.
All in all this was a very enjoyable book that plays a very significant part in the Rebus story. Cafferty and Siobhan are introduced properly in this book and both are significant members in the Rebus story. There are also a number of other challenges for Rebus in this book. His personal life is again a problem for him. Michael his brother is fresh out of prison and is in need of a room to stay in and his relationship with Doctor Patience is as usual traumatic.
Overall this book is both an enjoyable and significant book in the Rankin back catalogue. I would strongly recommend this book to any fans of Rebus or crime fans in general.
I enjoyed it....and it's got some great one liners and puns. Looking forward to the next book....