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Tooth And Nail (Inspector Rebus) [Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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1 Jun 1998 Inspector Rebus

They call him the Wolfman - because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street. Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help, thanks to his supposed expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference - it's bad enough having several Chief Inspectors on your back - and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac.

When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Paperback edition (1 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752809407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752809403
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,621 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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Because the first body was found in Wolf Street, because the murderer takes a bite from each body, the press have found a new terror, the Wolfman...

Drafted down to the Big Smoke thanks to his expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers, Inspector John Rebus is on a train south from Edinburgh. His Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't too happy at yet more interference. It's bad enough having several Chief Inspectors on your back without being hounded at every turn by an upstart Jock. Rebus is going to have to deal with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When he's offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive lady psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to turn down. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack.


"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power." --Jonathan Kellerman"In Rankin, you cannot go wrong." --"The Boston Globe""Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today." --Michael Connelly"A superior series." --"The New York Times Book Review""Reading [Ian Rankin] is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop." --"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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All the expected ingredients of the Rebus series are to be found here: the dour inspector himself, grisly murders, a grim sense of humour, throw-away, almost James Bond-style one-liners. If you like crime fiction it ought to be pretty well impossible not to be entertained by any of these brilliant books.
In Tooth and Nail the Scottish cop is on his usual form - upsetting his superiors, his ex-wife and his daughter, while still managing to help Scotland Yard with their pursuit of a serial killer. With a stunning climax set in Central London, this should convince anyone who has read the first two Rebus books to stick with this complex, somewhat haunted, character. Most of the action in this story takes place in London, and the scope for Edinburgh itself to become, as it usually does in the series, virtually a character in the plot itself is therefore limited. However, this does not detract from the book because the action moves at a cracking place, the plot is well constructed and there is always a feeling of not wanting to put it down.
I have tried to read the series in order as far as possible, and I believe that this helps to enhance one's enjoyment of the world which Ian Rankin has created for Rebus. Whilst each book is self-contained, various characters seem to crop up regularly throughout the series and there are numerous references back to incidents which have taken place in earlier stories - all of which helps the whole concept to hang together very well.
Both this book and the entire series are highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of an oddity 8 Sep 2005
This is the third book Ian Rankin's inspector Rebus series. I am a big fan of the whole series of books (which now runs to over a dozen books) and this is a good book, if something of an oddity as it is set in London rather than Edinburgh.
The series...
...each of the books in the Rebus series is self-contained (in the sense that it deals with a case or group of cases) but there is significant character development through the series and it is best to read them in order. Ian Rankin is much better writer than the average crime writer. He has a number of strengths that make the Rebus series the most enjoyable contemporary crime series. Rankin's strengths include strong story telling, the ability to conjure up imagery very quickly and effectively, strong characterisation and an excellent sense of place (he is particularly interested in exposing the seedy underbelly of Edinburgh). He writes well and does not rely on local patois or dialect (unlike Irvine Welch for example) - this has the advantage of making the books easier to read but it does lead to the sense of place occasionally faltering. For me, he is the best British crime writer, almost in the same league as Thomas Harris and James Ellroy. One of the strengths of the series is the central character, John Rebus. He is an interesting, flawed man - with a failed marriage behind him, a rather distant teenage daughter he barely knows, a traumatic military career (ultimately in the SAS) and something of a drinking problem. He is a curmudgeon - he has problems with dealing with authority but also expects absolute respect from the people below him in the hierarchy. He is not a team player, he likes to work alone and keep secrets. Despite all these flaws his passion, drive and humanity make him a sympathetic character.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Rebus novel 13 Oct 2006
This is the third Rebus novel and is set in London. Because of this it seems a little strange if you are used to the Rebus of Edinburgh but it is still a great book. If it were in Edinburgh I'm sure it would have been more in line with the other Rebus books and felt even better.

In the introduction that the author, Ian Rankin, has helpfully added it says that this is the only Rebus set in London and he did that because he was living in London at that time. It also talks about the Scottish words that are used in the book that put up a language barrier between Rebus and his London colleagues. However in the book they get their own back with the use of Cockney rhyming slang.

The book follows Rebus as he is requested to investigate a serial murder case in London from his native Scotland. It follows the case through to completion with a thrilling car chase which ends in Trafalgar Square. And as usual there are a few laughs along the way and the various thought processes of the characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my first Ian Rankin 12 Mar 2007
Have just read this and enjoyed it a lot. The plot was well crafted and the characters believable.

Despite being graphic and disturbing at times it was well balanced with wry humour and anedotes

I will certainly read more of this author's work
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I have read a lot of the Rebus books and always think that one of the great things that Ian Rankin manages to do by the end of the novel is tidy up and close off the main subject but keep enough ends still loose to feed into the next book, encouraging you to pick up another one.
This Rebus story is an interesting one as he is in London. He misses home all the time and makes lots of comparisons between his surroundings and experiences with Scottish equivalents - this I think is written as a comfort for Rebus as well giving a familiar reading experience to the reader.
I always think that Rebus is older than he actually is. The book is written in the early 90s and he is in his early 40s but seems to think that chilli and lasagne are something modern. This has the effect, to me, of making Rebus very appealing.
I am trying to read the books in order (although have read quite a few of the later ones) and I am loving the way he is developing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 11 days ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars nice read
1st one I've read by him n it was very good.
Looking forward to the next, which is already lined up. :-)
Published 25 days ago by Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebus showing the Southerners how it's done!
Love the Inspector Rebus novels and this one was no exception! Interesting change to see Rebus at work in London.
Published 27 days ago by mlc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
Enjoyed this novel but only 4 stars as disappointment with previous one good storyline and being Scottish can understand the run around Rebus had
Published 1 month ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My husband has started to collect these books, he says they are really good and needs to read all the series
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Z Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars So unbecoming in a man...
I will be honest and say that about a quarter of the way through the book, I didn’t think that it was going to be all that special, but as the book progressed, it got better and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very good a must read just like all Ian rankings books keep them coming look forward to reading more of his books
Published 3 months ago by leslie jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of words
I found this book full of words from front page to final page. I enjoyed most of the words and the order in which they had been placed.
Published 3 months ago by Digital Migrant
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
It's OK but not as good reading as previous Rebus novels I have read. Stick to Glasgow,It's much better on home ground
Published 4 months ago by raykiln
5.0 out of 5 stars "...a visit to this butcher's shop, this abbatoir."
Ever since I watched a fascinating documentary about Ian Rankin, I’ve been interested in reading one of his books, and finally picked one up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Quetzalcoatl78
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