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Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin

Tooth and Nail

by Ian Rankin

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Series: Inspector Rebus (3)

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a bit of an odd one, but still engaging enough; fun to have rebus in london. ( )
  Booktrovert | Dec 17, 2018 |
This was a disappointment, a series of not quite credible events and an all-at-once ending. Rebus is seconded to London because of his supposed expertise in solving serial murders. We see the murderer at work, but can't quite figure out who he or she is. A psychologist offers her insights, but we don't really know her credentials. Rebus's daughter is seeing a young man who is part of the family of a man that the Old Bailey's star prosecutor can't convict. And somehow, from all that, Rebus has the insight that identifies the killer. Rankin throws in the killer's childhood and background at the last minute to provide the motivations, which is a cheat. The whole book feels arbitrary. ( )
  ffortsa | Sep 19, 2018 |
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 |
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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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