Let It Bleed Book Summary and Study Guide

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Inspector John Rebus chases two teenage kids driving a car across the Forth Bridge high over the ocean north of Edinburgh. The two kids jump off the bridge. One of the kids knew the daughter of a high ranking politician. That daughter is missing.
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At the same time a former convict enters the office of an ambitious Edinburgh city councilman and shoots himself in front of the councilman. Rebus begins to see connections between the suicides and the missing girl all of which raise questions about corrupt city politics. Rebus gets warned to back off or lose his job. Exposing corruption could lead to loss of jobs in the city.

This is book 8 in the Inspector Rebus series which looks at politics and employment in Edinburgh.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   politics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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