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  • Mass Market Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312965141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312965143
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,924,919 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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'Here DI John Rebus investigates why someone wants to strip MP Gregor Jack of everything that matters to him - and be warned, this one you'll want to stay in the car for until it ends.' -- Kati Nicholl Sunday Express 'DI Rebus isn't convinced by a Scottish MP's story. A twist-in-the-tale tape-turner, one of Rankin's best, brilliantly read by James Macpherson.' CHOICE 'won a gold medal in the crime category at this year's Spoken Words awards. Bliss' The Irish Times --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The fourth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author - 'unmatched in the field of British crime fiction' THE TIMES. Abridged edition read by James Macpherson --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 7 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
The fourth of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels, and one which I found stylistically unsettling. It opens with a police raid on a brothel and the discovery of an MP, caught in apparent flagrante. The case takes on its inevitable sensational aspect as the tabloid press seek to exploit the potential, but for the police matters become somewhat stalled by a brutal murder. Is the murder linked to the MP's problems and his collapsing world, or is it a separate, distinct crime, mundane but for its violence?
Rankin has Rebus quitting Edinburgh for a Scottish tour. He will range from Fife to the Highlands. In the process it becomes an almost 'cosy' little mystery as the investigation takes in the MP's world, a world of success and cronyism. However, it's also a novel which explores the nature of relationships, of infidelity, loyalty, and jealousy - it looks at love, at lust, at the problem deciding whether or not you can cope with having to share space with another human being ... or cope with not being able to share that space.
The plot gets a bit too fluid in places - Rebus seems to have carte blanche to roam off his patch and make use of resources from other Scots police forces. Rankin's approach contrasts with that of some eminently successful English crime writers, who create believable small villages or rural patches (think St.Mary Mead or Midsomer) in which the death rate is far in excess of Baghdad's. You sense that he feels Edinburgh is too claustrophobic an environment, that is can't sustain sensational murder after sensational murder.
Rankin is a better writer when he stays within Edinburgh - 'Strip Jack' feels a bit forced in places, a bit up-market. Nevertheless, it's a good story well told (as usual).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Barr on 3 July 2000
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Ian Rankin never disappoints in his Inspector Rebus stories, but while this one is certainly very good it never quite reaches the realms of excellence that some of the other novels achieve. Maybe it's the fact that a lot of the action takes place away from the claustrophobic Edinburgh environment and underworld that Rankin usually brings so vividly to life. A breath of fresh country air may not always be recommended. Still, if you are a Rebus fan, or even if you are just looking for a good read in the crime genre, you will enjoy this.
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Strip Jack is the fourth book in the Inspector Rebus series and begins with Rebus and his colleagues raiding a local brothel. During the course of the raid a local independent MP, Gregor Jack is found alone in a room with a prostitute. Right from the start Rebus is suspicious that something bigger than the raid is going on. Convinced that it is very out of character for Jack to even be there and even more suspicious about the fact that no one seems to know who tipped off the local and national media that an MP would be in the brothel? Rebus in true Rebus fashion refuses to accept any easy fits and begins to look deeper into the life of Gregor Jack and his family and friends.

This was a very enjoyable book and one that had a complex story with many interesting characters. Gregor Jack has a set of old friends call "The Pack" and Rebus has to deal with all of them at different times. From book stores to mental institutes Rebus is lead a merry dance by the pack and is always forced to look through the stories to discover the truth.

The Gregor Jack investigation takes place against the backdrop of great change in Rebus life. He is half living with Patience a doctor, who is growing frustrated with his lack of commitment; The Farmer is involved in a silent power struggle with Police Administrator Frank Lauderdale and Rebus is caught in the middle. Brian Holmes who is a colleague of Rebus has been promoted in-between this and the previous book Tooth and Nail. Holmes like many before and after him struggles with been left out of Rebus inner plotting.

All in all this is a very good book. It is very well written and moves at a very past pace when it gets going. The Rebus in this book has changed a little since Tooth and Nail.
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By Open Ears on 28 Dec. 2013
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Following an episode in London for his last case, Rebus has returned to Edinburgh and to his usual form! This is the fourth Rebus novel I've read this year (having never previously read any of Ian Rankin's work) and there is no denying that there is a tried and tested formula, certainly this selection. However, by approaching them with this in mind, it's one that works.

Faced with a variety of potential suspects, with varying degrees of solidity in their alibis, Rebus gives himself license to go "off piste" and takes a number of wrong turns before reaching a spectacular and successful climax worthy at least of the small screen, although there is even a little drama for the last page in "Strip Jack".

While the tribulations of Rebus' personal and love life also create the backdrop, these were less prominent than in the previous novels and his ex wife and daughter are conspicuous in their near-absence. As I have been reading the books chronologically, I already know enough of the back story for this not to have had much impact but I think it would be a shame for a reader new to the series to pick up at this point as it could suggest a less rounded central character than is really the case.
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