A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus, Book 14) by Ian Rankin

By Ian Rankin

While a former soldier and recluse murders 17-year-old scholars at a complicated Edinburgh boarding university, Rebus instantly suspects there's extra to the case than meets the attention. military investigators appear to snoop round the scene of the crime, and hyperlinks among the killer and a neighborhood crew of "Goths" (a morbid clique of black-clad kids who hearken to heavy steel song) start to floor. yet simply as Rebus unearths himself within the thick of the homicide inquiry, he's threatened with suspension from the police strength: a guy who have been menacing his companion and pal, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke, dies within the similar condominium fireplace that has left Rebus with terrible, painful burns. Rebus is instantly suspected of foul play. Now Rebus is confronted with harrowing missions: He needs to get to the foundation of the boarding university killing at the same time he attempts to transparent his personal identify.

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Twenty grams a day—about two tablespoons of coarse sea salt—or more were commonly eaten. In the past century and a half, our consumption of salt has remained fairly level—between about six and eleven grams (between 1¼ and 2¼ teaspoons of table salt) a day is the world average—with little if any fluctuation in response to the good news and bad news that has been circulating, like a salty brine, for decades. Recommendations by the FDA have recently been adjusted downward, calling a teaspoon or even less the most one should consume daily.

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Then I get awfully cranky and start citing statistics and talking about Americans’ annoying bias against pleasure. I lost my patience with the salt police about the time a boyfriend took the shaker out of my hand and told me that, henceforth, he would decide what foods I would be allowed to salt. ) Yes, we certainly have a penchant for munching salty snacks, but in fact we consume much less sodium chloride than our ancestors did. In the Middle Ages, foods were bathed in salt. —and more salt was added at the table, cascading off the tips of knives dipped into the elaborate salt cellars that graced the tables of the wealthy.

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