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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Orion (7 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752851942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752851945
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,751,679 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

A brilliant thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of THE COMPLAINTS. Abridged edition.

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

Nicola Walker was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and was in their 1990 National Tour. She has performed widely on stage. On film she has appeared in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Television work includes Dalziel & Pascoe and Jonathan Creek, though she is best known for playing the role of Ruth on Spooks. Nicola has also done a variety of radio recordings for BBC Radio 4.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on 13 Jun. 2002
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Taz on 27 July 2010
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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 By Ray Reviewer on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2002
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Wade on 15 Aug. 2001
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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 By Forrester on 19 Dec. 2012
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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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By D. Foot on 16 May 2012
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All in all a good read which kept me hooked from the beginning. Good characters and plenty of intrigue held my interest throughout this fast paced novel. Not to be taken too seriously but the sort of book that will entertain you on holiday.

Only 4 stars as there are a couple of fortunate but very unlikely coincidences near the end of the book which are plot weaknesses. They would be plausible if London had a population of ten thousand rather than ten million.

Entertaining but, as I said, not to be taken too seriously.
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By Kay on 13 April 2013
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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 by the disclosure, very near the end of the book, that an inspector in the special branch drove a white Ford Fiesta. Only finding out that he didn't even have a full license could have made my jaw drop further :-) Still need an original of this and still living in hope. An excellent book and highly recommended.
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