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Witch Hunt: A Jack Harvey Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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1 Mar 2001 A Jack Harvey novel

Interpol have tried and failed to find her. Now the combined forces of Scotland Yard and MI5 must try the impossible to prevent a major international incident.

Dominic Elder carries her autograph wherever he goes. Witch is his passion, his obsession. And being retired is no bar to his willingness to restart the hunt. MI5 know that the man who wrote the Witch file is the key to catching their quarry. But the truth isn¿t easy to spot. And it is only when an MI5 novice and his French counterpart piece together the smallest of clues, that Witch suddenly looks vulnerable . . .


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752842897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752842899
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,017 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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Book Description

WITCH ¿ infamous, clever, invisible, assassin. And this time the hunt for her is personal . . .

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment !!! 13 Jun 2002
By Sammy
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
I have read (and listened to) most of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels and been thoroughly entertained. It was with some trepidation that I bought this tape, as I was expecting something that did not quite live up to the greatness of the Rebus tales. How wrong I was !!!
The action starts immediately, and the plot, and sub plots, intertwines around several characters all chasing a female assassin. Each plot always seems to have a twist in the tail, and you are kept wondering if the assassin will succeed, who is the target, and will any of the various characters stop her before she achieves her objective.
On the strength of this, I have just bought two other non-Rebus Rankin tapes. I am now looking forward to the next long car journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not blown away 27 July 2010
By Taz
Format:Paperback
Witch Hunt is the first Rankin novel I have read and was left wondering what all the fuss was about. Having nothing to go on, I am assuming this is not one of his better novels. It wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't anything I'd recommend. It started off interesting and then seemed to slow down to a pace I struggled to keep interested in. The plot did exactly what it says on the tin and brought me to a satisfying enough conclusion to an average book of its type. Having not read anything else of his, maybe I was just expecting more of Rankin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read 16 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having not read his other work, there is no preconception to Rankin's work. This book was easy to read, didn't repulse or attract me in any way. All you need is that long train journey...
As espionage thrillers go this is quite firmly buried in the general mass of works. A few elements had me thinking 'oh, that's clever' but there was no great mystery and it all ended as it should...
Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 2 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Having read the entire series of Rebus novels (and enjoyed them very much) but no other Rankins, I picked this one up at the airport when going on holiday not really knowing what to expect.

I found it to be a good and easy read, which kept me wanting to turn the pages. The differences I noticed between this and the Rebus books were:
1. In the level of detail and research around the places and events taking place. I have always found the Rebus books to be very detailed, giving the reader a real picture of the back drop to the story, I thought this was less so in this novel. Perhaps this is to be expected when it is set away from Rankin's usual stamping ground in Edinburgh.
2. This was generally more 'action packed' than the Rebus novels.
It was however an enjoyable read and certainly an easier plot to follow than some of the Rebus novels where I have sometimes found it necessary to review a page or two to remember where a character appeared previously (my reading tends to be in short burst between attending to the children)!

I think this will generally be enjoyed by previous Rebus readers and I would certainly recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Routine Rankin 15 Aug 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel seems to prove that the characters do the writing and without Rebus, Rankin doesn't quite cut it. The plot is unremarkable for the genre but the writing fails to induce the required level of anti-scepticism. I would go so far as to say that this dilutes Rankin's reputation, built on the his Rebus output. This lacks the usual colour, wit and intrigue and left me disappointed. I shall stick to Rebus in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bring back Rebus. 14 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The departure from Rebus novels, has not created another character of the same ilk,the read was rather like a modern Biggles story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league as his Rebus books. 19 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to admit I didn't finish it. I felt the plot contrived and couldn't identify with the characters. I found my interest very quickly waning and I don't very often fail to finish a book. Sorry Ian Rankin.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy writers who can hook your interest on the first page, and keep your interest right up to a cliff-hanger ending. I've read nearly all of the Rebus books by this author-enjoying them immensely, but Witch Hunt is even better than the dour Scotsman.
This book has all the elements-people from the old school of spying, to the new electronics whiz kid, with a smattering of re-kindled middle age romance to young international romance; and loads of suspense.
This story is about the search for a chameleon like paid assassin and her unidentified UK target. A number of agents from MI5, it's French counterpart, and Special Branch, must fight to overcome interservice rivalries in order to stop the assassin, without much time to do it. You won't be able to put the book down until the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunt
I'm not really a great fan of Ian Rankin, but I do keep trying. This one was OK, but not gripping.
Published 6 days ago by Lynn Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner
Good plot that had enough twists to keep you guessing and enough complexity to stimulate without being too convoluted
Pleasing range of characters
Published 3 months ago by Nadia
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rankin
Good read, keeps you guessing all the way trough. Hard to put the book down. Looking forward to reading more of the same.
Published 3 months ago by DavidH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another great police murder mystery from Mr Rankin. First non Rebus book for myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by gail kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars witch hunt
Great read. quick delivery, good packaging and Kept in Good Condition. Great continuing story in the series of the Rebus books.
Published 8 months ago by Berni
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, good,good
Interesting plot, different to Rankin's usual style but change of character type and introduction of a strong female was most uncharacteristic of Rankin.
Published 9 months ago by Pauline Martinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Goodness me a new character
I like Barclay and will buy and read all the series. What a read ...what a roller coaster...Rankin at his most convoluted best. Yes please to the rest.
Published 10 months ago by alantrudgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fab
Witch Hunt A superb tale, couldn't put it down, read it twice. If I have any criticism at all is that my belief in the possiblity of such a series of events happening was shattered... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Rankin
I love anything written by the master. I am building my collection slowly to my wifes anger! Rebus is my hero
Published 12 months ago by hethnnige
5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunt
Witch Hut by Ian Rankin was a great book I have read most of his books and this was another great one
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