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Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin, published in hardback by Orion Books. Photo: PA Photo/Orion Books
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin, published in hardback by Orion Books. Photo: PA Photo/Orion Books

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

John Rebus hankers after the devil-may-care days when the police bent the rules. He has always done whatever it took to get a result, not caring how he put crooks behind bars and made the streets of the capital, in his mind, a better place.

In this 20th edition of the trials of Rebus, Rankin poses three questions long on the lips of fans the world over: Is Rebus good? Is he bad? Do we care?

Saints of the Shadow Bible sees him back on the force, with something to prove. Will he stay faithful to the pledge he made to the Saints years ago or does he sacrifice friendship in order to feed the only need he ever really loved?