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Inspector Rebus Novels Collection 13 Books Set (Knots & Crosses,Tooth & Nail, A Question of Blood, Mortal Causes, Resurrection Men, Black Book, Hide & Seek, Doors Open, Blood hunt, Hanging Garden, Black & Blue, Strip Jack, Watchman) [Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orion (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TCB5F0
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Here are the Inspector Rebus stories in series order:

Knots and Crosses
Hide and Seek
Tooth and Nail
Strip Jack
The Black Book
Mortal Causes
Let it Bleed
Black and Blue
The Hanging Garden
Dead Souls
Set in Darkness
The Falls
Resurrection Men
A Question of Blood
Fleshmarket Close
The Naming of the Dead
Exit Music

Short stories:
A Good Hanging - 12 Inspector Rebus mysteries
Beggars Banquet (non-Rebus short stories)

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

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IInspector Rebus Novels Collection 13 Books Set (Knots & Crosses,Tooth & Nail, A Question of Blood, Mortal Causes, Resurrection Men, Black Book, Hide & Seek, Doors Open, Blood hunt, Hanging Garden, Black & Blue, Strip Jack, Watchman)

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Break From The Day Job 29 Sep 2008
By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
You're a celebrated crime author and you've just retired your most famous character - DI John Rebus, as if you didn't know - so what do you do next? Answer, you write an old-fashioned heist caper.

You'll have read the plot synopsis so I'll not summarise it again, I'll simply confine myself to making a few general points about the book:

First of all, this originally ran as a serial in the same publication that first printed Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch-lite `The Overlook' before it was published as a novel last year. I don't know if Ian has padded out `Doors Open' prior to publication, but it doesn't read like a novella stretched beyond its natural length.

I found `Doors Open' to be a satisfying read, even if it doesn't come close to approaching the quality of the best of the Rebus novels. For anyone else it would be decent little book, but Rankin has set his own standards so high, that you're perhaps looking for a bit more. I personally suspect that he wrote this as a bit of light relief after creating the increasingly complex plots of the `you know who' series for the past twenty years. That and the large wad of cash he was apparently paid for writing it.

His policeman here, DI Ransome could not be less like John Rebus if he tried. For a start, he doesn't rush bull-headed into things with no care for insulting his betters - or anyone, else for that matter. Ransome has a facility for diplomacy when among his peers (his counterpart from another station is the one officially investigating the art theft) and has subtle plans for his own advancement. He's no less effective than Rebus, but like I say, his methods are totally different.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear... 20 Jan 2009
By cleudo
I found myself wondering whether this was a very early effort that had found it's way from the top of the wardrobe - how else to attribute this poor work to the author of the excellent Rebus novels.

The plot was completely unbelievable - everyone seemed to know everyone else. The heist itself - blink and you'd have missed it... The arch-villain - why didn't he nick all the paintings for himself if he was so unscrupulous...he was supplying the crew with the guns after all?

As well as the telegraphed ending, what really upset me were the glowing recommendations on the back cover. Sunday Telegraph; Mail on Sunday; Scotland on Sunday... until you realise after reading, that THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT OTHER BOOKS!

Come on Ian Rankin - you should be above this malarky! Have a quiet word with the publishers...
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is so sad 15 Jan 2009
I'm a great Ian Rankin fan. At least, I thought I was. I realise now that I'm a great Rebus fan. I came to this book desperately wanting to like it and I couldn't. How can any press reviewer say it shows Rankin's ability to move beyond Rebus? What it shows is the exact opposite. The exposition is overdone, heavy, leaden. The characterisation is hopeless (Big 'Ger Cafferty was always a questionable gangster -- risible, in fact -- but one accepted him because Rankin wrote him. But Chib Calloway -- Chib Calloway is the most unbelievable gangster in the history of crime fiction). This book is terrible. It's awful. Until now, when Rankin published a book I bought it. I may never buy another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rebus' shoes are clearly hard to fill. 15 Sep 2009
This could have been a fun and frivolous fable, but ended up being dreary and dull. Characterisation is poor and plot is contrived and unoriginal. I can hardly believe this is from Rankin - surely one of the most effective writers of crime-fiction writing today.

This disappoints severely - avoid.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Open Doors 31 Aug 2009
This was the worst book by Ian Rankin I have read - in fact I became so fed up with it that I abandoned it before the end. It was difficult to believe it was actually written by him; the characters were cardboard cutout and the plot was, frankly, laughable.
It seems that he has now found a new person on which to write his next series. Thank goodness.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Low Rankin 13 Oct 2008
By Puckoon
The best way I can describe reading this book after Rebus is it's like watching Bonekickers after Life on Mars. I know Ian Rankin can write well without Rebus - I first read his watchman stuff - but this has the feel of meeting deadlines and fulfilling contractual obligations. The characters are cardboard, no one to like or care about, the plot is thin. I think this is probably the first time I have needed more than one sitting to read any of his books - I really struggled to finish it and I don't think it was worth it. From anyone else I would have given this two stars - so this may be really unfair - but the disappointment is all the more. Let's hope this is a blip, back to form next time, and that this isn't the start of a series.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong start to his post-Rebus career 22 Sep 2008
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Ian Rankin is at something of a turning point in his writing career. Although he wrote other novels early on, he is mainly known for the Inspector Rebus series which has enjoyed enormous critical and popular success in recent years. Now Rebus is taking a break, at least temporarily, and Rankin has just released his first stand-alone novel since the Inspector retired. After such a popular series has ended, it can be difficult for the author to win over former readers with an entirely new book, but 'Doors Open' suggests that Ian Rankin still has what it takes to entertain us even without his most famous creation.

It seems he has intentionally set out to create something as different as possible from his previous work. 'Doors Open' is, for want of a better word, a 'caper.' The tone is lighter than the Rebus novels (although things take a serious turn towards the end), and the book reminded me of a modern Scottish version of the classic film 'The League Of Gentlemen'. Mike Mackenzie has made a fortune from computer software at an early age; now he's bored and looking for a bit of adventure. When his friend Robert Gissing suggests 'liberating' a series of paintings from the National Gallery storage vaults in Edinburgh, it's just what he's been looking for. With his other pal Allan and a student forger in tow, Mike approaches gangland boss Chib Calloway (who was at school with Mike) to aid them in their plan. Needless to say, some major complications ensue - greedy partners, an obsessed policeman out to nail Calloway and a monstrous Scandinavian debt-collector called Hate are drawn in to the situation and Mike and friends quickly find themselves completely out of their depth and in serious danger from both the police and the criminal underworld.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Decent read
Published 7 days ago by radar
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Rankin.........excellent!
Excellent, even though there's no Inspector Rebus!
Published 25 days ago by Doreen Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual brilliance
I am a huge Ian Rankin fan - have all his books, including the novels he wrote under the pen name Jack Harvey - and this is the first one that I haven't really enjoyed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Intermezzo
This is a diversion in Rankin’s oeuvre, a crime novel situated in his beloved Edinburgh without Inspector John Rebus. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. A. Doornbos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Once you get started anything else that needs doing is a on intrusion, Ian rankin sure knows how to keep the reader engrossed
Published 2 months ago by L. Steele
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Took awhile to settle without Rebus , but found It thought provoking and enjoyable ,and thought too what good idea ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars Rankin is great again
Good value good bookand very easy to read The product was exactly as described in the advertisement what else can I say
Published 7 months ago by Gerrybell
2.0 out of 5 stars did he write this?
Read just about a quarter way through and was just not interested in finishing it. As someone has suggested maybe it was an extremely early work but I`m afraid to me it bore... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jerym
4.0 out of 5 stars What, no Rebus........
With John Rebus in retirement, others are left to solve this heist story. Rankin is a master story teller, so there's little time to wonder how Rebus is doing as the plot romps... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phill
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value
This is just great value. 13 brand new novels for 20 quid by a great detective writer.

Be careful:

1) They aren't all REBUS novels, but the non-Rebus one... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jestyn
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