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 ideas. And convict Lenny Spaven died simply to turn out some extent. "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 threat with violent pursuits.
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. all at once stuck within the glare of the tv cameras and in the course of a couple of research, Rebus needs to continue with warning: One mistake may perhaps suggest an uncongenial and never rather quick demise, or, worse nonetheless, wasting his activity.
Written with Ian Rankin's signature wit, variety and intricacy, Black and Blue is a unique of unusual and unforgettable intrigue.
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I’ll get this one,’ Rebus acknowledged. The barman was once status prepared. Lumsden didn’t wish one other, so Rebus ordered an abstemious part. First impressions and all that. ‘The room’s yours for so long as you wish it,’ Lumsden stated. ‘Don’t pay money for that drink, cost it to the room. nutrition aren’t incorporated, yet i will allow you to have a number of addresses. inform them you’re a cop, you’ll locate the invoice lovely moderate. ’ ‘Tut tut,’ Rebus stated. Lumsden smiled back. ‘Some fellow officials I wouldn’t inform that to, yet by some means i believe we’re at the comparable wavelength. Am I correct? ’ ‘You should be. ’ ‘I’m hardly fallacious. Who is aware, my subsequent posting should be Edinburgh. A pleasant face is usually an asset. ’ ‘Speaking of which, I don’t wish my presence right here broadcast. ’ ‘Oh? ’ ‘The media are after me. They’re creating a programme a couple of case, old historical past, they usually are looking to consult me. ’ ‘I get the belief. ’ ‘They may possibly try out monitoring me down, phoning up pretending to be colleagues …’ ‘Well, nobody is aware you’re right here other than me and DC Shanks. I’ll try and retain it that means. ’ ‘I’d take pleasure in it. they might try out utilizing the identify Ancram. That’s the reporter. ’ Lumsden winked, comprehensive the bowl of peanuts. ‘Your secret’s secure with me. ’ They accomplished their beverages and Lumsden stated he needed to come back to the station. He gave Rebus his cellphone numbers – place of work and residential – and took observe of Rebus’s room quantity. ‘Anything i will do, supply me a call,’ he stated. ‘Thanks. ’ ‘You understand how to get to T-Bird Oil? ’ ‘I’ve acquired a map. ’ Lumsden nodded. ‘What approximately this night? Fancy going for a meal? ’ ‘Great. ’ ‘I’ll drop by way of approximately seven-thirty. ’ They shook arms back. Rebus watched him depart, then headed again to the bar for a whisky. As prompt, he charged it to the room, and took it upstairs. With the curtains closed, the room used to be cooler yet nonetheless airless. He seemed to work out if he might open the home windows, yet couldn’t. that they had to be twelve toes excessive. With the curtains closed, he lay at the mattress and slipped off his sneakers, then replayed his dialog with Lumsden. It used to be whatever he did, frequently discovering issues he may have stated, larger methods of claiming them. by surprise he sat up. Lumsden had pointed out T-Bird Oil, yet Rebus couldn’t remember telling him the identify of the corporate. probably he had … or perhaps he’d pointed out it to DC Shanks over the telephone, and Shanks had advised Lumsden. He didn’t consider secure from now on, so prowled the room. in a single of the drawers he chanced on fabric approximately Aberdeen, vacationer stuff, PR stuff. He sat down on the dressing desk and commenced to head via it. The proof got here with a zealot’s strength. Fifty thousand humans within the Grampian quarter labored within the oil and fuel undefined, twenty in keeping with cent of overall employment. because the early seventies, the area’s inhabitants had elevated by way of sixty thousand, housing inventory had elevated through a 3rd, growing significant new suburbs round Aberdeen. 1000 acres of commercial land have been built round the urban. Aberdeen Airport had visible a tenfold bring up in passenger numbers, and was once now the world’s busiest heliport.