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Rebus: The Early Years: Omnibus Edition containing Knots & Crosses, Hide & Seek and Tooth & Nail [Hardcover]

Ian Rankin
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21 Oct 1999
From Ian Rankin, winner of the 1997 CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for "Black & Blue", come the early Inspector Rebus novels, gathered together in one volume for the first time.


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  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (21 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752825526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752825526
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.4 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,014 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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From bestselling Ian Rankin, winner of the 1997 CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for Black & Blue, come the early Inspector Rebus novels, gathered in one volume for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing anthology of first three Rebus titles 20 May 2005
Format:Paperback
An omnibus edition of Ian Rankin's first three tales of John Rebus, this is a fascinating collection for any mystery fan, and a study in technique for anyone planning or hoping to write a crime fiction novel of their own. What is most evident in this title is the way in which Rankin's skill and confidence grow, and the almost transparent efforts he makes to resolve his worries about his art and his central character.
'Knots and Crosses' is a hesitant start. Rebus, at this stage only a sergeant, gets sucked into the investigation of a series of murders in Edinburgh. Young girls are being killed, but Rebus is initially too preoccupied with his own domestic traumas to appreciate how intimately he is involved in the crimes. 'Hide and Seek' takes a now promoted Rebus into Edinburgh's seedy drugs world as he champions the right of a dead user to be treated as the victim of crime and not simply as a statistic. And in 'Tooth and Nail', Rebus is transferred down to London to help catch a serial killer who has the Met baffled.
It's fair to say that these are not classic murder mysteries. Each is flawed, each clearly evidences a working novelist coming to terms with his craft. Rebus is an engaging detective - you can see his character emerging from the novels, can see how the author plays with its various facets, trying to get a balance, trying to create a multi-dimensional figure.
And you can see Rankin coming to terms with the Edinburgh setting, growing in confidence about how to handle it, then perhaps having doubts about the city's ability to sustain a literary detective.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Rebus 13 Oct 2006
By Tim Roast VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a collection of the first three Rebus novels as written by Ian Rankin. The series is now past 15 books in total.

In truth these are maybe the worst Rebus novels but they serve as a useful introduction to John Rebus. They also go to show how a writer gets better over time.

Book 1 "Knots and Crosses" follows Rebus as he tries to catch a serial killer. The storyline is very simple and the text is also simple compared to Rankin's later novels. Nevertheless it is a useful introduction to the character Rebus.

Book 2 "Hide and Seek" is in the more accomplished style of the other Rebus novels. This time a drug death looks suspicious to Rebus and this leads him onto an investigation that leads to him uncovering illegal fighting. This novel is more in line with the other Rebus novels in the way that the thought processes of the characters are very detailed and the chapters are split simply by day. Also the fictitious places in Edinburgh as used in Novel 1 have disappeared to be replaced by real-life locations.

Book 3 "Tooth and Nail" seems a strange Rebus novel simply because it is set in London and not Edinburgh. Rebus is invited down from Scotland to help with a serial murder case. He is termed as an expert because of his exploits in book 1 (Note: all the books stand-alone but there are some small mentions to the previous books). This is the most accomplished book of the three and explores more the thought processes of the characters and includes more jokes that are a big part of the Rebus novels.

All together the books link together well. For example they all have a pattern in their titles (although Tooth and Nail was originally called "Wolfman" as the author writes in the useful introduction to each novel). And they serve a purpose in introducing the Rebus novels which I am sure you will all love.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series of detective books around 24 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Inspector Rebus series is without doubt the best series of detective novels around at the moment. The character of Rebus is endearing and powerful, yet, at the same time, remarkably flawed. If, like me, you started reading the series with one of the later books, stop...and buy this one. These early books build the characters and set the scene, making the other stories even more empathetic and enjoyable. You'll read the later books and will be able to spot the little flashbacks and in-jokes that Rankin throws in, especially for his dedicated readers. This is a must-buy for any Rebus or crime novel fan.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My latest discovery in this genre 7 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An excellent introduction to author, Ian Rankin, and his hero, Inspector John Rebus, both new to me. Having devoured this three-in-one, I am now ready to progress further through the sequence of stories. I believe that the "St Leonard's Years" covers the next three Rebus novels so that will be my next quest.
Of the three "Early Years" stories I preferred the first, Knots & Crosses, and the third, Tooth & Nail, to the second (Hide & Seek) which was a bit harder to get to grips with.
Thoroughly recommended to crime/thriller addicts and you certainly don't have to be Scottish to appreciate them!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...read this one first 5 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
On the recommendation of a friend I started reading Rankin's Rebus novels. I started with The Black Book and followed it with Mortal Causes, I then realised that I was reading the books out of order so I read this one which sets the background particularly in relation to his family. I am continuing to read the rest in order. As a police officer myself with experience of working on murder enquiries I can say that although there is a focus on Rebus as the central character, the books are very well researched and realistic in their content, much more so than Inspector Morse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable read
I thoroughly enjoyed this complication of three Rebus books (Knots & Crosses, Hide & Seek and Tooth & Nail). Would recommend to all lovers of crime fiction.
Published 7 months ago by Hilary Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent prompt service of a book that is a bargain! Excellent read and would recommend supplier. I would use again
Published 13 months ago by gerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin is just an amazing author!
When a book is more important than your sleep you just know that it's a good book! I never get disappointed reading a book by Ian Rankin.
Published 14 months ago by Kathrine Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great trilogy.
`Rebus: The Early Years' is a compendium of Ian Rankin's first three `Rebus' detective stories. If you intend to read these books and have yet to buy them, the compendium is often... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jim Whitefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff Mr Rankin!!!
Excellent books.
As I have been watching Rebus with Ken Stott for years on the TV, I felt I just had to read these books. They are excellent.
Published 16 months ago by D. A. Cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a bit of getting into
I read the first book of this trilogy and was a little disappointed; took me a while to settle into the storyline and characters and their foibles. Read more
Published 16 months ago by dc61
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection
A very good read that helps show how Rebus developed as a fictional detective.three stand alone stories linked by Rebus' careert
Published 18 months ago by MikeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Once started I cannot put it down
Rankin just keeps the pages turning. It is a very clever scheme to write such short chapters.As a former citizen of Edinburgh I walk every step with Rebus.
Published 18 months ago by philomath
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus: The Early Years review by Pru
Absolutely brilliant read : couldn't put it down. Rankin and Rebus at their best, a must have on your book shelf
Published 20 months ago by Pooski
5.0 out of 5 stars Argg! - So many books, so little time!
I first came across Rebus as a talking book CD. I forget the reader, but he made the story whizz by and I have been on the lookout for more ever since. Read more
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