Synopses & Reviews
Michael Weston is paid well to do his work and ask no questions. When you're a professional assassin, total secrecy is part of the job. But after a successful mission in London, the police are immediately on his tail. How did they know how to find him? And who is his anonymous employer? Why did he or she want his target, a TV reporter, killed? Was he set up from the start?
The questions lead Weston to his nemesis Hoffer, a private detective who has been hunting him for years. Ever since Weston accidentally killed an innocent American girl, her grieving father has employed Hoffer on a relentless mission to bring Weston to justice. Could Hoffer finally have set a snare that worked?
Weston sets out to find his mysterious employer, traveling from London to Glasgow to Seattle even if it means encountering Hoffer face-to-face at last. With the brilliant eye for character and taut pacing that have made him an internationally renowned bestseller, Ian Rankin delivers a gripping story that examines what happens when the assassin becomes the target, and proves yet again that "in Rankin, you cannot go wrong" (Boston Globe).
"Though this is more standard thriller fare than the Rebus series, it's smart and inventive....Bleeding Hearts loses a bit of its sparkle once the stalking is over and the fighting starts, but it's still plenty good." Booklist
"[Y]et another forceful, muscular [Rankin] novel...a gritty thriller in which the killer is more likable than his hunter....[T]he type of first-class thrills you expect from a master of his craft such as Rankin." Orlando Sentinel
"[W]hile Rankin has gone on to write better books including most of the Inspector Rebus whodunits, and the sensational Witch Hunt even a second-tier Rankin thriller will keep you flipping pages into the night." Entertainment Weekly
"[D]emonstrates Rankin's gift for characterization and suspense, but is in almost all ways a younger work. Still, many readers will find it on a par with much of what's available in bookstores." San Francisco Chronicle
"Fuse-striking characters with crackling dialogue, and what might have been a potboiler is instead a superior thriller." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"Bleeding Hearts is not quite mildewed, but it is a touch yellowed around the edges....Without a narrow focus, without Edinburgh, without the grouchy, slouching John Rebus, Ian Rankin's ideas fail to take root." The New York Times Book Review
"Bleeding Hearts is a challenge to read. It is gritty and tough, but that's Rankin's trademark.....Bleeding Hearts is one of his best stand-alone novels and is certainly a keeper." BookReporter.com
A master of modern mystery and the award-winning author of Resurrection Man pens a page-turning novel of assassins and double-crossing.
Hired by an anonymous employer to kill a TV reporter, assassin-for-hire Michael Weston suddenly finds himself the target after successfully completing his assignment becoming the quarry of an unknown enemy who could be tied to Hoffer, a determined private detective who has been hunting him for years.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is the #1 bestselling mystery writer in the United Kingdom. Winner of an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.