Thursday, February 13, 2014

Saints of the Shadow Bible - Ian Rankin

My review of Ian Rankin's Saints of the Shadow Bible first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers. It is appearing here today with their permission.

First line: "'Where are we going?'"

John Rebus is out of retirement and back on the force in Ian Rankin’s nineteenth novel featuring the beloved Scottish police officer. Demoted to Detective Sergeant, Rebus finds more than an old rank popping up in his life.

A change in the double jeopardy laws provokes the re-opening of a 30-year-old murder case tied to Rebus’ former unit, “The Saints of the Shadow Bible.” Malcolm Fox is investigating the possible cover-up in the case, and Rebus soon finds himself pulled between his loyalty to the Saints and uncovering the truth.

Meanwhile, Rebus is investigating a suspicious car accident that may have ties to the Scottish Independence Movement and the death of a high-ranking politician. When his research leads him back to one of the former Saints, Rebus is more determined than ever to unearth the truth of both his current case and the old one.

Despite the longevity of this series, Rankin shows no signs of losing steam with John Rebus. He maintains a freshness while staying true to his character. Rebus’ sense of humor, devotion to his job and sense of isolation consistently enhance his character and provide a peek into the psyche of the man. In Saints of the Shadow Bible, his interaction with Malcolm Fox works to build empathy for both characters, and readers discover a side of Fox not seen before.

Rankin’s gift with dialogue, his wit and raw examination of human nature continue to intensify, resulting in a resonant reading experience for both seasoned series devotees and new Rebus recruits.

Saints of the Shadow Bible is available in hardcover (ISBN: 9780316224550) from Little, Brown. It is also available as an unabridged Hatchette Audio CD (ISBN: 9781478981732) narrated by James Macpherson.

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