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Rebus: The St Leonard's Years, Three Great Novels: Strip Jack / The Black Book / Mortal Causes Paperback – 21 Dec 2001

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780752846569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752846569
  • ASIN: 0752846566
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,122 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, the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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 wife 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
Standing In Another Man's Grave
Saints of the Shadow Bible

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

Here are the Jack Harvey novels in series order:

Witch Hunt
Bleeding Hearts
Blood Hunt

Here are the Malcolm Fox novels in series order:

The Complaints
The Impossible Dead


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Book Description

The second Rebus omnibus comprising books 4,5 and 6 in the Rebus series ¿ Strip Jack; The Black Book; Mortal Causes.

About the Author

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. Visit his website www.ianrankin.net or follow him on Twitter @Beathhigh

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having been drawn into the Inspector Rebus series through "Rebus: The Early Years", particularly "Knots & Crosses" and "Tooth & Nail", and the underrated "A Good Hanging and other stories", "Rebus: The St Leonard's Years" was an automatic purchase for me.
The three novels, "Strip Jack", "The Black Book" and "Mortal Causes", improve on the previous books with only "Strip Jack" being a slight disappointment The other two are real page turners, as we follow Rebus in pursuit of the "truth" behind each case.
With each book Rankin seems to become ever more comfortable with Rebus as a character, and the complexity of the plot and the number of characters increases. Characters from the earlier books also make welcome reappearances, giving the series real continuity.
The strength of the series for me is the way Rankin dangles the clues in front of Rebus and the reader, making you want to solve the case yourself (I haven't done so since "Knots & Crosses"!) and keep reading. If the next 3 books in the series show the same improvement I can't wait to read them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Booksthatmatter on 12 Dec. 2003
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Rebus is deeply addictive and grows more interesting with every book. I've worked my way through the more cut-and-dried novels of the Early Years and have just moved swiftly through these "Three Great Novels". For the moment I don't think I can easily envisage inhabiting any other world than this dour Scot's. I was much amused by the section in Strip Jack where he finds an old lady who keeps the phone box near her house as a miniature version of her own starched front parlour - a nice piece of human observation - if you are the nearest house to the phone box and it is ill kept it reflects badly upon you. The remote Scottish hamlet where my grandparents lived featured just such a phone box complete with busy-body crone who kept the directory in her house - you'd have to knock on her door and tell her the name you wanted and she would go and look it up and then give it too you on a wee scrap of paper. My mother always said she was a great loss to the intelligence services, although her surveillance was far from discreet. I wonder whether Rankin knows this same village or if it is a particular highland phenomenon. Great fun though, in a dricht and drear kind of way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GeeJayBee on 22 July 2008
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This was my first exposure to Ian Rankin and to the Rebus character. I am a big fan of P.D. James and these stories are on a par.
From the off both the storylines and the Rebus character are developed in an interesting and sustained way. Each book gets better and more complex, with very good continuing arcs and strands.
I have since bough just about all Rankin's other books and am enjoying them immensely.
Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny PT on 2 Jan. 2008
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three terrific books which I thoroughly enjoyed. First time I ever read Rankin, but I think I shall read more. Humorous, with some terrible puns and lines which were a great contrast to the dark plot. First rate and the 3 books for just over a tenner is great value.
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By Laurenlam on 3 April 2012
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I bought this combi book after getting addicted to the Rebus novels and decided to buy one (albeit large) book to save money on 3 separate books and p&p. I am really glad I decided to go ahead with this option as not only did I save money, but as soon as I finished one novel, I could just turn the page over and start another!
The combi book is obviously larger than one novel but its not so large that it becomes too cumbersome - to be honest its roughly the size of one of the larger Harry Potter books!
Definitely worth buying if you are a Rebus fan.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2002
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Once again Rankin surpasses himself. Books four, five and six in one volume. Extremely good value for money (especially if you're Scottish!). Each tale twists and turns, whilst all the time leaving you wondering .... who dunnit. Reubus (and Rankin) never fail you.
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These are wonderful books and I continue to love Rankin's work. There is a problem with the printing and binding of this particular volume however. The print is not centred on the page and is very close to the bound side of the page so that you will have to break the back of the book in order to comfortably see that side of the page. You can see the problem if you use the look inside section.
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I bought this books after reading one of Ian Rankings later Rebus novels. I decided I wanted to trysome of the early books and thought this looked like great value. I was right, the book is heavy as you would expect when getting three novels in one but all three novels were compelling and I have since purchased the next 6 in the series!
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