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Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin
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Tooth and Nail (1992)

by Ian Rankin

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Toward the beginning of the story we get the gruesome details of the serial killer's deeds. I don't like serial killer stories or gruesome, but the gruesomeness did not cross over the line in frequency or depth of description. Inspector Rebus was well worth the minor trauma. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
3-1/2 stars. Rebus is seconded to London, leading to some welcome amusing bits. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
This is Book #3 in the Rebus series. I started reading this series with The Falls which is Book #13 so I've been trying to read all the back list as well as catching up with Ian Rankin's pretty prolific output. This one takes Inspector Rebus out of his familiar Edinburgh and into London on the trail of a serial killer. Rankin says that he wrote it when he was living in London, a city that he didn't like, and that feeling comes through in this book.

John Rebus has been requested to help the London police (The Met) in their investigations into a serial killer who has been nicknamed The Wolfman because after killing the person he takes a bite out of their stomach. DI George Flight is the chief investigator and it was actually he who asked for Rebus to join the team. The two are polar opposites in how they investigate a case and that sometimes puts them into conflict. Rebus is able to also see his ex-wife and daughter who are living in London. On a visit to their flat he is introduced to his daughter's current beau. Subsequently he discovers that this young man is connected to a crime family which concerns Rebus. However, he is a little distracted by his own love life. Lisa Frazer, a Canadian psychologist working in London, offered her services to profile the killer. Rebus was persuaded that this might help the investigation and it didn't hurt that Lisa was extremely attractive. Late night discussions end up in bed but Lisa is helpful. Rebus is starting to get an idea of who the killer might be but in the meantime the killer is striking more often. Rebus finally connects the dots but Lisa may be the next victim unless Rebus stops him.

As always, a great mystery and some insight into Rebus's character. ( )
  gypsysmom | Dec 31, 2017 |
Outing for Inspector Rebus in London as he's called upon to assist in tracking down the Wolfman, a serial murderer. Quite a good read but not a story that has dated very well and the plot became really outlandish. ( )
  sianpr | Feb 20, 2017 |
Inspector Rebus finds himself seconded from the Edinburgh police force to London. Apparently a serial killer is stalking London and Rebus is called to assist Scotland Yard. ( A bit ironic that New Scotland Yard is located in London ). Rebus is not keen to go to London, nor is most of Scotland Yard pleased with his interference. As Rebus arrives on the scene, a body is being processed at the scene of the murder. A jarring fact is that the murderer takes a bite out of every victim.

The characters are well drawn and complex. Rebus is troubled man, bedeviled by his own rather difficult personality. Red herrings abound, as does dark humour. This series is a joy to read.

Shortly after Rebus arrives on the scene in London : p21 " ' I don't know anything about serial killers," Rebus protested to his boss.
' Well, it seems you will be in good company , doesn't it ?' And now look at him, standing on a stretch of of ground in north- east London, a cup of unspeakably bad tea nursed in both hands, his stomach churning, nerves buzzing, his bags looking as lonely and as out of place as he felt ."

Another excellent entry to the series, Four big stars! High recommended! ( )
1 vote vancouverdeb | Jan 4, 2017 |
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"How many wolves do we feel on our heels, while our real enemies go in sheepskin"
--Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
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For Miranda, again, but this time for Mugwump too ...
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She drives home the knife.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312958781, Mass Market Paperback)

Sent to London to help catch a vicious serial killer, Inspector John Rebus teams up with a beautiful psychologist to piece together a portrait of a depraved psychopath bent on painting the town red-with blood...

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Scottish homicide detective John Rebus has been sent to help London police cath a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. Teamed with a London cop, Rebus lets a psychologist into the case and develops a bizarre portrait of a vicious killer. Now it's only question of who is going to get busted first: the cop with the accent who breaks all the rules--or the psycho painting London with blood.… (more)

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