Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. The mystery takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare and left behind a legacy of secrets and lies. Rebus has more than his share of personal problems, too. He's fresh out of hospital, but won't say how it happened. Could there be a connection with a house-fire and the unfortunate death of a petty criminal who had been harassing Rebus's colleague Siobhan Clarke?
Reissued in the stunning new livery alongside EXIT MUSIC - new in paperback. New for this edition - specially commissioned Reading Group Notes. Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller and Guardian fastseller. He has won numerous awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and the Edgar Award. Ian Rankin makes up more than 10% of all UK crime sales. He also constantly gets excellent reviews: 'A QUESTION OF BLOOD is just about as good as Rankin gets. As a crime novel it stands favourable comparison with almost anything else currently being written in - or out of - the genre' The Herald 'A QUESTION OF BLOOD is skilfully composed and powerfully written, with a vein of compassion that Rankin taps to startling and justified effect' Literary Review 'Bears all the qualities that have established Rankin as one of Britain's leading novelists in any genre' New Statesman 'A rich, absorbing narrative ... Artful, moving and entertaining' Observer
Ian Rankin is a No.1 bestseller, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger. He lives in Edinburgh, and in 2003 received an OBE for his services to literature.