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Ian Rankin is perhaps the UK’s foremost crime writer, best-known for his extensive series of novels set in Edinburgh and featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus.
Christopher Nicol’s Scotnote examines one of Rankin’s most popular works, the award-winning Black & Blue. The complex, multilayered narrative is untangled, the characters studied and the novel’s social and psychological undercurrents explored. This guide is suitable for senior school pupils and students at all levels.
- Ian Rankin and his work
- Black & Blue: the social landscape
- John Rebus in Black & Blue
- Rebus’s empathy with victims and underdogs
- Rebus’s lack of respect for establishment figures
- Rebus and personal engagement
- Detective Inspector Jack Morton
- Detective Sergeant Ludovic Lumsden
- Chief Inspector Charles Ancram
- Bible John
- Detective Sergeant Brian Holmes
- The power of past sins
- Fathers and children
- The effects of the oil industry
- Structure and style
Last updated 21 October 2010.