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1 Exploitation Black and Blue

2 One of the main themes of the novel is exploitation. Who or what is exploited?

3 Society Throughout the novel Rankin, through Rebus, reflects, on modern society. The society in which Rebus lives is corrupt Rebus, however, is ethical and honest

4 The Police Force

5 The oil industry

6 The exploited

7 Decay “...a baby buggy caught his ankles, a woman told him to mind where he was fucking going. She bustled away, hauling a toddler behind her. Twenty, maybe twenty-one...Across the road, an advertising hoarding...” (55)

8 Media Hounding Rebus Oil rig

9 Criminals

10 Family Rebus’s own family life is a mess – he is divorced and hardly sees his daughter Brain Holmes – is having difficulty with his wife The Toal family – Uncle Joe Toal. Eve Cudden cheats on her husband with her son and steals from him. She also plans to leave Malky. “She looked like a cat: same morals, same instinct.” (386)

11 Family Major Weir – causes his daughter massive pain “Her fists gouged her knees” (429) She feels the need to completely reinvent herself, changing her name and accent “Her face turned childlike...” (430) Rebus says: “You like the idea of torturing him” Noticeably Weir represents authority – “They call him ‘an institution’ in the oil world. Me, I was institutionalised...And then abused.” She asks Rebus, “if everything’s so wonderful, how come everything’s so fucked up?”

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