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Strip Jack (1992)

by Ian Rankin

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Series: Inspector Rebus (4)

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Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a 'mistake' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn't, and a lunatic speaks from his asylum... Initially Rebus is sympathetic to the MP's dilemma - who hasn't occasionally succumbed to temptation? - but with the disappearance of Jack's wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why...… (more)
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his was a pleasure. I'd forgotten how sharp the dialog and the literary references were in Rankin's work, or maybe I hadn't noticed before. In addition, it's a compelling mystery with surprising connections and lots of red herrings to turn around. A popular MP is set up in a brothel raid, and the burgeoning consequences involve his wild wife, his closest and oldest friends, among them a popular actor, a rare book merchant, a real estate developer, and others.I'm glad to return to the series; maybe it's cured my book funk. ( )
  ffortsa | Mar 12, 2023 |
A well-liked MP is caught in a raid at an exclusive brothel, and the press is more than happy to play the scandal up as much as possible; when his party-loving wife appears to go missing, the scandal becomes juicer yet. DI John Rebus is initially interested in the story because DS Holmes lives in the MP’s riding and because the MP has a similar background to his own, but then the scandal turns to murder and Rebus finds the lives of the MP and his circle of friends are rather more unsavoury than he wanted to know….I’m slowly going through the Rebus novels, of which this is the fourth (published in 1992); it goes without saying by this late date that Rebus is one of the most complex and interesting characters in all of detective fiction. The city of Edinburgh is in itself a character, with both highly polished and terribly sordid sides, and Rebus’s ability to navigate between the two is something to behold. Highly recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Oct 26, 2022 |
I'm slowly making my way through all the Rebus books and this was the best yet. Rankin turns into the sort of writer that makes you despair of your own authorial hopes in this story. Told almost exclusively from Rebus' point of view, the whole thing drips with his character and it really feels like being inside the man's head. Rankin's written a lot more since this, of course, and I'm left wondering how much better he can get. ( )
  ElegantMechanic | May 28, 2022 |
Another blinder from Rankin. The mystery is good, but Rebus as a character is even better. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
These stories are a bit pedantic, yet I really like Detective Rebus! Not much else to say. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jan 15, 2022 |
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Rankin, Ianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grellier, FrédéricTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangur, Kristjan JaakTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macpherson, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pieterse, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prunsvelt, HeinoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodchester, AmyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows
everything. That points clearly to a political career.
(Shaw, Major Barbara)

The habit of friendship is matured by constant intercourse.
(Libianus, 4th century AD, quoted in Edinburgh, by Charles McKean)
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To the only Jack I've ever stripped
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The wonder of it was that the neighbours hadn't complained, hadn't even - as many of them later told the newsmen - realized.
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Gregor Jack, MP, well-liked, young, married to the fiery Elizabeth - to the outside world a very public success story. But Jack's carefully nurtured career plans take a tumble after a 'mistake' during a police raid on a notorious Edinburgh brothel. Then Elizabeth disappears, a couple of bodies float into view where they shouldn't, and a lunatic speaks from his asylum... Initially Rebus is sympathetic to the MP's dilemma - who hasn't occasionally succumbed to temptation? - but with the disappearance of Jack's wife the glamour surrounding the popular young man begins to tarnish. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why...

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