Tooth and Nail (Detective John Rebus Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1996
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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)See all Product Description
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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.
...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.Read more ›
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.
The locals are baffled. A serial killer has emerged to put London onto a near Ripper like frenzy. Who is he? What are his motives? Where might he strike again? The notion of serial killers is familiar in the USA - they have achieved the status of everyday health hazards if you're to believe the steady stream of novels and films which have embraced this modern image of evil. Clearly Rankin has problems placing a serial killer in the familiar surroundings of Edinburgh - especially as the first Rebus novel ('Knots and Crosses') had flirted with the subject.
Indeed, it is because Rebus had attracted attention for catching this earlier 'serial' killer that he is summoned to the metropolis. Once there, Rankin takes every opportunity to emphasise Scottish-English rivalries and antipathies. He introduces the notion of psychological profiling ... via a conveniently beautiful psychologist. And he torments Rebus with an estranged wife and daughter who have moved to London and who are creating their own independent lives in an alien environment.
It's a neatly written novel, with plenty of pace and action, and enough red herrings to have you reaching for the frying pan and one of Delia's cookery books, but the premise that Rebus is a leading expert on serial killers is always something of a Westminster Bridge too far.Read more ›
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