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Tooth and Nail: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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“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)
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- ASIN : B00N6M91BI
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 21, 2014)
- Publication date : October 21, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1281 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thus opens Tooth and Nail, the third novel in Ian Rankin’s venerable series of detective novels featuring Inspector Rebus. The trouble starts virtually as soon as Rebus makes contact with Inspector George Flight, who has been assigned as his partner: Flight can’t understand a word he says because of Rebus’ strong Scottish accent. Practically everyone else in the homicide department resents his having been called in—and they’re not the least bit shy about showing it. They can’t understand him, either.
No reader of the series will be surprised to learn that matters soon go further downhill. The disagreeable Scot manages to alienate all his new colleagues at Scotland Yard by ignoring established procedure and disappearing without explanation to investigate on his own. Since this is fiction, we’re confident that Inspector Rebus will eventually identify and catch the killer, and in short order. However, there’s a great deal of confusion and conflict before that happens, and Rebus is saved from arrest himself only because he manages to resolve the case.
In a sense, Tooth and Nail is a traditional whodunit, since many suspects surface in the course of the investigation and Rebus’ job, above all, is to sort through them to find the one who is guilty. But Rankin is a much more skillful writer than most. He manages to create a credible portrait of his difficult hero and to convey a sense that he fully understands police procedure. This is one detective novel that’s genuinely suspenseful to the end. The conclusion took me by surprise—and that doesn’t happen all that often. This is a very satisfying read.
After reading the first Rebus novel (Knots and Crosses), I knew I'd continue to read the rest of Ian Rankin's excellent crime fiction stories.
This is actually the third novel in the Inspector Rebus series, and author Ian Rankin's prose continues to astound me. He masterfully weaves a tapestry of plot, character, and location throughout nearly every page (Example from the prologue: `She drives home the knife. The moment, she knows from past experience, is a very intimate one. Her hand is gripped around the knife's cool handle and the thrust takes the blade into the throat up to the hilt until her hand meets the throat itself. Flesh upon flesh. Jacket first, or woollen jersey, cotton shirt or T-shirt, then flesh. Now rent. The knife is writhing, like an animal sniffing. Warm blood covering hilt and hand. (The other hand covers the mouth, stifling screams.) The moment is complete. A meeting. Touching. The body hot, gaping, warm with blood. Seething inside, as insides become outsides. Boiling. The moment is coming to an end all too soon.')
But this time we're no longer in Edinburgh. No? No. Inspector Rebus is sent to London (Oh the pain!) to try and help catch a serial killer whom the local coppers can't pin down. They've nick-named the murderer "The Wolfman", because he bites the victims on the stomach after he kills them. But why send Rebus? Well, in Knots and Crosses, he helped find another serial killer in Edinburgh, and so George Flight (a local London CID guy) requested Scotland's "expert". Rebus sees himself as anything BUT an expert on such things, but reluctantly goes to England's capital to do what he can.
Come to find out, he can do quite a bit; including getting into lots of trouble. He falls for a beautiful psychologist named Liza Frazer (who might have connections with the killer!), disappears for hours or days on end, drinks like a fish, and goes on television and announces that they've caught the killer (even when he knows they haven't). But Rebus' mind works a bit differently than most folks. He can worm his way into a killer's mind as the case unfolds. And we again see how Rebus' past comes to the forefront and aids him in capturing the villain.
The great thing about Rebus is that he's so f#$%ed up that the reader can identify with all of his vices and character flaws. He's no superhuman, and he knows it. But what he does have is a nose for killers, and this bodes poorly for them. Because once Rebus is on your trail, you'll never get away.
Now, it's on to the next in the series!
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This is the third in the series of books by Ian Rankin featuring DI Rebus of Lothian and Borders Police Force. Originally entitled Wolfman when it was published in the 1990s it was thought to be a misleading title when later published in America. It was called Tooth and Nail for that particular market. In later years when it was republished in Britain it was thought best to keep the American title.
Rebus is seconded to the Metropolitan Police in London where it is thought he may have something to offer in the hunt for a serial killer. Rebus feels out of his depth almost before he gets there and that feeling is reinforced by the less than enthusiastic welcome he receives from Metropolitan colleagues.
Whilst in London Rebus takes the opportunity to visit his ex-wife and daughter. He is not overly impressed by what he finds but initially feels he is not the best person to deal with it. He finds London strange and is constantly trying to second guess himself as to why he was sent here.
Rebus is not noted for being a team player and in the end he resolves things by doing his own thing. He ruffles feathers by introducing a Psychologist to the investigation. He wanders the city on his own engaging in a range of activities that his Metropolitan Police colleagues would prefer he didn’t. He breaches Metropolitan Police regulations blatantly which brings the ire of senior officers down upon him. He also gets results.
Rankin continues to develop the Rebus character in this book. He identifies his fragility by taking him out of his Edinburgh comfort zone. By placing Rebus in what for him is an alien environment he perhaps makes him more human in the eyes of the reader. It becomes in effect Rebus against the world as opposed to the previous two books when Rebus is more engaged against the bureaucracy of Lothian and Borders Police.
It is an entertaining book but in my view is not as good as the previous books in the series. You might add with the benefit of hindsight that it does not indicate the full potential that Rebus the character will become in both future books and in the TV series. However those points aside it is still a good read and well worth a look.
It was fine but probably my least favourite to date. All a bit too frantic and coincidental for my taste. Of course Ian Rankin has developed greatly as he has gone on so it is maybe a little harsh to judge this by the standards of the later successes.
The biggest issue was the London location. It shows just how much the Edinburgh setting and detail adds to the appeal of the Rebus books. Rankin has certainly captured some authentic flavour of London but for me Rebus belongs in the other capital.
It captures well the fish out of water feeling of operating in a strange city and climaxes in a gripping chase through central London. You can sense Rebus’ character developing from the earlier books, without yet having become the fully-formed personality of the later novels.
Rankin does a pretty good job in easing our man into the milieu of the London Met.and its environs, but the final action sequence seems less convincing than Rankin's forte, the one to one conversation.
Still, a good read and recommended.