Black & Blue is the eighth novel in the Inspector Rebus series. It sees Rebus investigating the death of an oil worker which seems to be connected to Glasgow's main crime family, while at the same time being haunted by a case from 30 years ago and a copycat serial killer.
Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. Added to that there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarraige of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.