BLOOD HUNT by Ian Rankin


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A stand-alone thriller from the British bestselling author.

Forsaking Edinburgh’s iconoclastic Inspector Rebus (Fleshmarket Alley, 2005, etc.), Rankin here offers up Gordon Reeve, ex-SAS soldier now operating a survival course for weekend warriors on Skivald, a small island off South Uist, Scotland. When he receives word that his brother Jim, a freelance journalist in California, has committed suicide, Gordon flies off to San Diego to claim his body. Despite the assurances of local cop Mike McCluskey that Jim did indeed kill himself, Gordon, relying on his SAS skills and instincts, decides that it was murder—a call that might explain why he’s soon being tailed, hassled and shot at when he follows up on Jim’s last assignment. Who or what was the Agrippa in Jim’s notes? The search for the answer will introduce Gordon to the chicanery of Jeffrey Allerdyce, of D.C.’s Alliance Investigation, and the global pesticide destruction sanctioned by Co-World Chemicals’ Mr. Kosigin, whose enforcer turns out to be Gordon’s Falklands campaign nemesis, the mercenary Jay. Crisscrossing the states and Europe, leaving a trail of bodies as he goes, Gordon winds up back on Skivald for a confrontation with ten men, then nine, then eight . . . until he exacts revenge on the one man who’s bedeviled him for years.

Rankin, who can outwrite most anybody in the business, drops one clue too many early on, but he’s so deft at maintaining a breakneck pace, so accomplished at conveying anger turned to fury and so gleeful in itemizing munitions that readers will zip right along as he swings from whodunit to international conspiracy plot to war-story retribution.

Pub Date: March 7th, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-00911-3
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2006

Kirkus Interview
Ian Rankin
August 11, 2015

Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in “Dead and Buried,” right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in “The Very Last Drop,” Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. “Rankin’s canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he’s in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes,” our reviewer writes; we talk to Rankin this week on Kirkus TV. View video >


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