Black and Blue takes Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series to the next level. It’s grittier and harder than the previous novels in the series.
The plot is byzantine and yet, at its denouement, stark in its internal logic. Couple this with sensitive and rich characterizations that extend to the smallest of supporting characters, new insights into John Rebus’s personal hell, and an Edinburgh so realistically portrayed you feel you live there, and you have the essence of modern noir.
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