Bleeding Hearts

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Bleeding Hearts

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First edition
Author Ian Rankin
(writing as "Jack Harvey")
Country Scotland
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publisher Orion Books
Publication date
1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 316 pages
ISBN 0-7472-0999-5
OCLC 46600414
Preceded by Witch Hunt
Followed by Blood Hunt

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Rankin has said that he wrote this book under the influence of Martin Amis's novel Money and that Weston was influenced by that novel's protagonist John Self. [1]

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References

  1. "Bleeding Hearts". www.mtv.com.