John Rebus has to face up to the most savage and senseless crime imaginable, one in which all his knowledge of human motivation is rendered useless and one that will take him to the heart of human darkness.
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Given his contempt for authority, his tendency to pursue investigative avenues of his own choosing, and his habitually ornery manner, it's a wonder that John Rebus hasn't been booted unceremoniously from his job as an Edinburgh cop. He certainly tempts that fate again in A Question of Blood, which finds him and his younger partner, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke, trying to close the case of a withdrawn ex-soldier named Lee Herdman, who apparently shot three teenage boys at a Scottish private school, leaving two of them dead, before turning the pistol on himself.
"There’s no mystery," Siobhan insists at the start of this 14th Rebus novel (following Resurrection Men). "Herdman lost his marbles, that’s all." However, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking Rebus, who'd once sought entry into the same elite regiment in which Herdman served (but ultimately cracked under psychological interrogation), thinks there's more motive than mania behind this classroom slaughter. Perhaps something to do with the gunman's role in a 1995 mission to salvage a downed military helicopter, or with Teri Cotter, a 15-year-old "Goth" who broadcasts her bedroom life over the Internet, yet keeps private her relationship with the haunted Herdman. Rebus's doubts about the murder-suicide theory are deepened with the appearance of two tight-lipped army investigators, and by the peculiar behavior of James Bell, the boy who was only wounded during Herdman's firing spree and whose politician father hopes to use that tragedy as ammo in the campaign against widespread gun ownership. But the detective inspector's focus on this inquiry is susceptible to diversion, both by an internal police probe into his role in the burning death of a small-time crook who'd been stalking Siobhan, and by the fact that Rebus--who shies away from any family contacts--was related to one of Herdman’s victims.
Now middle-aged and on the downward slope of his pugnacity (the high point may have come in 1997's Black and Blue), Rebus has become the engine of his own obsolescence. Overexposure to criminals has left him better at understanding them than his colleagues, and he only worsens his career standing by fighting other people's battles for them, especially Siobhan, who risks learning too many lessons from her mentor. To watch Rebus subvert police conventions and fend of personal demons (that latter struggle mirrored in A Question of Blood by Herdman's own) is worth the admission to this consistently ambitious series. --J. Kingston PierceAbout the Author:
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons. www.ianrankin.net Twitter @Beathhigh
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Buchbeschreibung London Orion. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - In dem beschaulichen Küstenstädtchen South Queensferry erschüttert ein Blutbad die Öffentlichkeit: In einer Schule hat der ehemalige Elitesoldat Lee Herdman zwei Jungen erschossen, einen schwer verletzt und anschließend sich selbst getötet. Als John Rebus und seine Kollegin Siobhan Clarke zu dem Fall gerufen werden, gibt es eigentlich nur eine offene Frage: warum Die Suche nach der Antwort führt die beiden Ermittler in das Herz einer kleinen Gemeinschaft und ihrer verlorenen Kinder. Eine zweite Spur reicht weiter in die Vergangenheit des Täters, dessen Schicksal Rebus nicht mehr loslässt. Selbst ehemaliges Mitglied der Special Air Forces, versucht er, sich in die Psyche Herdmans zu versetzen, um dessen Tat zu begreifen. Und damit ist er nicht allein: Ermittler der Royal Army schalten sich in den Fall ein, angeblich, um ähnliche Taten in Zukunft zu verhindern. Doch dann zeigt sich, dass ein paar frühere Kollegen Herdmans sowie eine Handvoll Jugendlicher aus Queensferry tiefer in den Fall verstrickt sind als zunächst vermutet. Und die Frage nach den Hintergründen eines vermeintlichen Amoklaufs verwandelt sich in ein immer größeres Rätsel, dessen Lösung so überraschend wie zutiefst schockierend ist . 480 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780752883663