Saints of the Shadow Bible is Ian Rankin's nineteenth novel in the series featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus. Rebus works out of police departments in Edinburgh and has never traveled outside of Scotland. It is him that keeps bringing me back to the Rebus books.
In this second to last (Even Dogs in the Wild is the latest), Rebus starts out working as a civilian with Cold Cases but re-structuring of the police makes it possible for him to come out of retirement. He is rehired with a demotion to Detective Constable and Siobhan Clarke as his superior.
The plot revolves around the "Saints" of whom Rebus was one. Early in his career, he became a part of the group and they got results but not always by legitimate means. A change in the law allows the new Justice Minister to re-open a 30 year old case that might reveal the unorthodox methods the Saints used to get their man. A present day car accident develops tendrils that twine with the old miscarriage of justice.
Rebus is his unrelentingly grouchy, contrary self. He tries the patience of Siobhan who is trying to fly under the radar and maintain her new position. It is not so much the plot (although it crackles right along) but the character of Rebus himself. You can't help liking him, warts, flaws and obstinacy.
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