Kindle Price: $11.99

Save $5.00 (29%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 5) by [Rankin, Ian]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 5) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

See all 27 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$11.99

Books with Buzz
"Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch is a brilliantly plotted, relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy. See more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1211 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNVELO
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
Early last year I read a British publication of this book and found it one of the best Inspector Rebus novels yet. Inspector Rebus himself, is such a fascinating charachter that his inner conflicts, history of broken relationships, addiction to good Scottish whiskey and love of his extensive and eclectic music collection make him as much of a mystery as the series of mysterious murders he investigates. Sometimes, as he has done here, Ian Rankin introduces other similarly intriguing by players, some of whom have previous and again mysterious histories with Rebus. The interaction between Rebus, other charachters and the history and surroundings of Edinborough itself paint such a vivid, moody and tense atmosphere that often the obligatory murder or two seem almost superfluos. The murder/s however, are in fact never too much. Each is different, unexpected and initially seemingly unsolveable and, as in this book, the answers and Rebus' manner of finding them lead the reader through an entirely unexpected journey that, as the plot developes, twists like Rebus' mind and Edinborough's ancient streets and alleyways.
To be more specific as to the who's, what's and where's involved in this tales' journey would ruin the prospective delight of any new readers reactions and absorbsion of those details. It's a fine book by an accomplished Master of Mystery and Creator of Charachter. Rankin is so much more than those two phrases infer .... he is a true and fascinating Novelist.
1 Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on March 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ian Rankin must now hold the position as one of the UK's finest crime writers with his 5th "Inspector Rebus novel", The Black
Book. Set in the depths of Edinburgh's criminal fraternity, Rankin captures the persona of a hard-nosed Scottish policeman,
(John Rebus) as he attempts to solve a five-year old case. Notes about it are hidden in a black book kept by his colleague,
Brian Holmes, the victim of a brutal assault. The scene is the Central Hotel, a paradise for the degeneracy and squalor which
breed within its walls until it is razed to the ground; the eventual investigation yields one dead body but no clues. Five years on and Morris Gerald Cafferty (one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals) is under surveillance for his role in a gang of loan sharks. In the course of this Rebus is blighted by personal problems and eventual suspension from the police force whilst trying to link the fire at Central Hotel to Cafferty's own illegal dealings. Amidst the lies and intrigue there lies a terrifying link that, if exposed, could result in vicious reprisals for many other people. With all detective novels it is difficult to fully explain a plot without revealing the conclusion but with Rankin, nothing is certain until the final page. This is a stunning piece of work; particularly striking is the originality of the characters and plot that culminates in an energetic yet decisive result. If you read no other crime thriller this year then read Ian Rankin's work, impressive and highly elegant.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ian Rankin's series of books about Inspector Rebus are often considered mysteries. Like most of the books, this one is clever and entertaining, but it's also less twisty than others I've read. They're also mysteries with a heavy dose of police procedural (all the more interesting because they take place in Edinburgh). I'm not sure where this lands in a John Rebus timeline, but his nemesis Cafferty seems less developed here. As an ebook reissue, this is well worth your money and you can have a good read, maybe with Irish whiskey instead of that smokey old Scotch.
This book also has a wee bit of thriller in it. By this I mean that the reader knows a few things that go on that Rebus doesn't know. Writing in third person allows this. I'm not sure I'd want Rebus in first person. In his point-of-view, even in third person, one discovers a flawed character. We learn more about him and his family in this book than in some others. Siobhan is less developed too but grows satisfactorily as a character.
The main story is the mystery surrounding a fire that burned down a local hotel, figuring out what name belongs to the corpse found there afterwards, and the people at different levels of Edinburgh society involved with that fire. Taut plotting, great characters, and some action in a series not known for its action. I enjoyed it. You will too. Caveat emptor: When I started reading Rankin, it took awhile to get beyond the local dialect. At the same time, I broadened my knowledge of English. For me, that's fun. Maybe not for you?
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Detective Rebus in Scotland
This is a story of a search for what happened in an old crime. The crime comes to light again when Rebus' detective gets hit on the head and is n a coma and Rebus begins to read the junior detective's little black book of notes. He realized his detective was onto something and begins investigating the old crime
Lots of evil corrupt people involved. Rebus gets in trouble but solves the mystery
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Spoiler alert.

I like the Rebus character.

He is a dangerous man. So dangerous he doesn't need a gun. A chief inspector without a firearm, even without a duty weapon? Wow, that's fresh! When he does need a gun he gets himself a nice "8 mm Colt 45, which takes 10 rounds". No one else can get this elusive gun. No one! Because ... there is no such thing.

The librarian girlfriend of Holmes "brains" him and puts him into coma to make him leave the force? Now, that's different.

Now, everything fails, and there is still no critical piece of the evidence against Big Ger Caferty by the end of the story. All Rebus needs to do is enlist his two reports and a friendly neighborhood recovering pedophile to orchestrate a street fight, arrest Caferty, and get his notebook, where he conveniently keeps books on his "protection" business.

I like the Rebus series with the Scottish local charm and stuff, both books and TV, but I am getting disappointed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 5)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Black Book: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 5)