By Ian Rankin
Bible John killed 3 ladies, and took 3 souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to scouse borrow his namesake's glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his rules. And convict Lenny Spaven died simply to turn out some degree. "Bible John" terrorized Glasgow within the sixties and seventies, murdering 3 girls he met in an area ballroom--and he was once 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 goals.
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 1 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. by surprise stuck within the glare of the tv cameras and in the course of multiple research, Rebus needs to continue with warning: One mistake may well suggest an uncongenial and never rather fast demise, or, worse nonetheless, wasting his task.
Written with Ian Rankin's signature wit, sort and intricacy, Black and Blue is a singular of unusual and unforgettable intrigue.
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Aberdeen CID: Bain had requested them to envision up on Mitchison, their document again a nearly overall clean. ‘Do you take note him? the buyer, I suggest? ’ the chief nodded. ‘Very great guy, very quiet. He got here possibly ten occasions. ’ ‘Alone? ’ ‘Sometimes on my own, occasionally with a girl. ’ ‘Can you describe her? ’ the chief shook his head. there has been a clatter from the kitchen, distracting him. ‘I simply consider he used to be no longer regularly on my own. ’ ‘Why didn’t you inform the opposite policeman this? ’ the fellow didn’t appear to comprehend the query. He received to his toes, the kitchen decidedly on his brain. ‘But I did,’ he stated, relocating away. anything Aberdeen CID had with ease passed over in their document … there has been a unique bouncer at the door at Burke’s membership, and Rebus paid his front funds just like each person else. within, it was once seventies evening, with prizes for the simplest interval dress. Rebus watched the parade of platform footwear, Oxford luggage, midis and maxis, kipper ties. Nightmare stuff: all of it reminded him of his marriage ceremony photographs. there has been a Saturday evening Fever John Travolta, and a woman who used to be doing a satisfactory imitation of Jodie Foster in Taxi driving force. The tune was once a mixture of kitsch disco and regressive rock: stylish, Donna summer time, dust, Showaddywaddy, Rubettes, interspersed with Rod Stewart, the Stones, established order, a blast of Hawkwind and bloody ‘Hi-Ho Silver Lining’. Jeff Beck: up opposed to the wall now! The abnormal tune clicked with him, had the ability to ship him reeling within the years. The DJ by some means nonetheless had a replica of Montrose’s ‘Connection’, one of many absolute best conceal types of a Stones tune. Rebus within the military listened to it in his billet past due at evening, taking part in on an early Sanyo cassette participant, an earpiece plugged in so not anyone else might listen. subsequent morning, he’d be deaf in a single ear. He switched the earpiece approximately every one evening so he wouldn’t undergo long term harm. He sat on the bar. That appeared to be the place the only males congregated in silent appraisal of the dance flooring. The cubicles and tables have been for and place of work events, squawks of ladies who certainly seemed to be having fun with themselves. They wore low-cut tops and brief tight skirts, and within the shadowy half-light all of them appeared excellent. Rebus determined he was once consuming too speedy, poured extra water into his whisky and requested the barman for extra ice, too. He used to be seated on the nook of the bar, under six ft from the payphone. most unlikely to take advantage of it while the track was once pounding, and there hadn’t been a lot of a let-up but. Which made Rebus imagine – the single brilliant time to take advantage of the payphone will be out of hours, whilst where was once quiet. yet at the moment there’d be no punters at the premises, simply employees … Rebus slipped off his stool and circuited the dance ground. The bogs have been signposted down a passageway. He went within and listened to an individual in a single of the booths snorting whatever. Then he washed his fingers and waited. the lavatory flushed, the lock clicked, and a tender guy in a swimsuit got here out. Rebus had his warrant card prepared. ‘You’re lower than arrest,’ he stated.