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Ian Rankin
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2 Feb 2006

It begins with a phone call. Gordon Reeve¿s brother has been found dead in his car in San Diego ¿ the car was locked from the inside, a gun in his hand. In the US to identify the body Gordon comes to realise that his brother has in fact been murdered. What¿s more, it is soon obvious that his own life is in danger.

Once back in Scotland he finds out that there have been more visitors than usual to his house and his home has been bugged by professionals. But Reeve is a professional too. Ex-SAS, he was half of a two-man unit with someone he came to fear, then to hate. It looks like his Nemesis is back.

The horror has just begun . . .

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752877291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752877297
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unmissable Rankin, gripping, involving and read in style by James Frain. (CHOICE)

is the best of them and is deftly read by James Frain (THE IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A brilliant thriller from the No.1 bestselling author.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Stuff 10 Feb 2002
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It's great to know that Rankin's talents aren't just restricted to writing about Rebus.
The Jack Harvey books are a completely different style, and equally enjoyable. His writing is first class, sometimes stopping me in my tracks with a brilliant sentence.
His Jack Harvey novels are very good reads, maybe not qutie as good as Rebus, but still very enjoyable. Blood Hunt is probably the best one, although i have enjoyed all three very much.
It was very interesting to learn more about Gordon Reeve (who some readers might remember as being the killer from Knots and Crosses). However, if you are to read this, you must forget the events of Knots and Crosses, and with this book they have been completely forgotten, and Rankin instead builds upon Reeve's character. It builds a nice parrallell universe of "what if". What if Knots and Crosses had never happened? How would Gordon Reeve be?
Anyway, all in all a very good book. One of Rankin's best.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy Theory meets Steven Seagal 19 Jan 2002
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The basic plot of the book is that an ex-SAS soldier goes to America to pay respects to his brother, who supposedly committed suicide. Only, all is not what it seems. With large, corporate companies, police officers and PI agencies on his tail, the main character, Gordon Reeve, is in a race against time to find out what really happened to his brother, because it soon becomes clear that suicide was not the cause of his brother's death.
A brilliant story, intracately woven with twists and turns, leaving you on the edge of seat. Action & Mystery - Ian Rankin's best book yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOUGH NUTS 2 May 2007
The short overview of the author's life at the start of this edition left me wondering where he learned as much as he seems to know about commando tactics and hand-to-hand fighting. I am not and have never been a commando or any kind of soldier, and the knowledge that Rankin displays certainly impresses me as it is no doubt intended to do. However I am fairly easily impressed when it comes to such matters, I would guess the majority of the public are similarly placed; and I sense that Rankin knows this. This is an early production from him, and that shows to some extent. I detect that he is still, up to a point, learning and rehearsing his trade as a tough-guy novelist, although I should say before I go any further that I found this book a great read and enjoyed it thoroughly.

A fully professional practitioner in this field would never have left his readers even suspecting that he may not know as much as he lets on, however true that may actually be. There are some other signs too that the author is still getting into his stride. In particular, he seems to lose interest in, almost to forget about, some elements of the plot that he had had flagged up as particularly significant in the early chapters. Who actually killed the hero's brother, for instance? This is the whole starting-point of the narrative, but the focus in the later developments moves elsewhere. The 'family' theme runs into the sand too, and - very strikingly - the 'pink mist' that descends so dramatically on the hero early on simply seems to be crowded out as a thread in the story as it progresses.

Far more important however is that this author really knows how to write a gripping action tale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Hunt: A Jack Harvey Novel 15 Nov 2003
Fast paced, exciting - a book you just can't put down once you start it.
My only slight critisiscm is that some of the military technicalities aren't consistent with factual based military books I've read, nonetheless definately recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A thriller, but not one of Rankin's best books 18 Sep 2008
This is the tenth Rankin I have read (seven Rebus novels, one set of Rebus short stories, and Watchman), and to me at least, the joint weakest.

Other reviewers mention the picking and dropping off of plot elements, or the unconvincing nature of this or that. I feel the main problem is that Ian took it upon himself to write an all-out action thriller. Whether in contradiction with the Gordon Reeve of Knots and Crosses or not, the central character is essentially an Action Man figure, pushed around the world at great speed, with absolutely no expense spared, and with action constantly on his mind, essentially indestructible and able by muscle and guile to overcome any obstacles, however diabolical. As in a far-fetched action thriller film, Wolfenstein game or Maxell bunny, our hero may be thrice exhausted, kicked, punched, thrashed, lamed, shot to pieces and possibly stabbed and throttled too - but keeps on going. (One might have thought Rankin would be better off - in the interests of realistic plausibility - eventually killing off this short-term hero .... whereas, as Doyle found, killing off your serial mastersleuth can be trickier.)

I suspect the writer himself is by disposition far more like the keen player of computer games which our Immortal Invincible Superhero Reeve briefly becomes - and which implausibly proves the means to the long-lost evidence the plot has been searching for. Understandable potboiling apart, Gordon Reeve appears to be a rather juvenile construct of heroism, used mainly as a five-finger exercise for the writer, to develop electric tension and the resolution of physical action for the greater purposes of the more grounded (and earthed) crime mystery thrillers that are his great expertise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rankin does it every time albeit this early writing/plot is ...
Rankin does it every time albeit this early writing/plot is not as sophistcated as that which comes later in his career
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Hunt by Ian Rankin
A present for my husband as he is a fan of Ian Rankin; he will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin and am ...
I love the John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin and am making my way through the series.
Published 3 months ago by Mieke
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Hunt - Rankin
Not at all a Rebus book - I tried to see when it was written but didn't succeed - it is a good adventure, swash-buckling hero - winning against all odds. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ian Rankin book!
A thrilling story from beginning to end, which I highly recommend to all crime readers, but especially to lovers of Ian Rankins many books.

Susan Macdonald
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Sue Macdonald
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in class of the Rebus novels.
I have read all the extensive collection of Rankin’s Rebus novels, and on the basis of these he is my favourite thriller writer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian R. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
This was a fairly run-of-the-mill, ex-SAS, righter-of-wrongs story. It looked as if there might be an interesting anger management problem for our protagonist but nothing much was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike O'D
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