A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin

By Ian Rankin

Seventeen-year-olds are killed via an ex-Army loner who has long past off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus places it, 'there's no mystery...except the why'. yet this question takes Rebus into the guts of a shattered group. Ex-Army himself, Rebus turns into interested by the killer, and reveals he's not on my own. military investigators are at the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had buddies and enemies to spare and left in the back of a legacy of secrets and techniques and lies. Rebus has greater than his proportion of private difficulties, too. He's clean out of sanatorium, fingers seriously bandaged, and he won't say the way it occurred. may there be a reference to a house-fire and the unlucky demise of a petty legal who were harassing Rebus's colleague Siobhan Clarke? Rebus's bosses appear to imagine so...

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The clamour was so constant that silence was foreboding, and if a bus driver somehow forgot to turn on the radio, the passengers would soon remind him. The din was dissonant, a rupture, an antidote to thought. There were also those things spoken of only quietly. The priests did not use the term “Hot Balls” in public. ” It was their own coded term for the Chief, the Boss, the Butcher. ” The nickname could only be explained obliquely. It was a curse, people said, to raise a daughter in this country and find, as she reached her teenage years, that she was blossoming into a beautiful young woman.

The convent. I’m in the Padre Arturo Educational Centre in San José de Ocoa, a town spoken of simply as Ocoa. Sister Mary Joseph Mazzerolle, known as la madre, the mother, has o¤ered me a bed in the visitors’ dorm. Mary Jo is an Acadian from Pointe-Sapin, New Brunswick, where her father was a boat builder on Miramichi Bay, a notch in the Atlantic shore cut by a punishing sea. She remembers splitting wood before dawn in the black-and-white world of the northern winter. It’s been thirty-eight years since she last saw snow.

The rebels were swiftly killed or captured, but the valiant dream of revolution, however pathetic the reality, served to solidify a middle- and upper-class resistance. Trujillo was furious to receive reports that even the children of families enriched by his regime were joining this 14th of June movement. The subsequent rash of murders, arrests and disappearances suggested a blind rage, and people wondered: might the church make some statement? It was the only institution of any power that was not utterly controlled by Trujillo.

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