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Tooth and Nail (Detective John Rebus Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ian Rankin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Chilling Tale Nov. 29 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus tales. Thus, I've spent many hours with John Rebus, and his deep, dark, intensity. His world of pain and loss is usually Edinburgh where the city becomes a living being as conscious and present as Rebus himself-and the shadows that fill his life. In Tooth and Nail, we are thrust with Rebus into an alien land, London, and much more into the alien mind of the murderer. The insanity within the serial killer is disconcerting, creating anixity within us as we read the words. No longer are we curled up with a good book reading about paper characters. We become no more safe from the demons of imagination than the do victims in the novel. But Mr. Rankin not only chills us, he saves us, at least for the moment. I could not bear such unease if it wasn't for the realization that Inspector Rebus will succeed in the end, at least enough for me to sleep without nightmares . . bravo, Mr. Rankin. You are an artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 15 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Ian Rankin book. It was great. The book read very fast and kept my attention through the book.
The serial killer's MO was mysterious. I wanted to know "Why?". The book didn't disappoint and provided both the "Who" and "Why".
I would recommend it.
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The writing in 'Tooth and nail' is superb and has a very incisive, polished feel. The plot is great, but it seemed as if the end was slightly rushed. Rebus suddenly guesses who the killer is and then goes after him in what can only be described as a Hollywood ending. But the denoument more than makes up for this. The psychological insight into the mind of a serial killer (dubbed 'The wolfman') is excellent. I felt sympathy, if not quite empathy, for this character. The way Rankin described The wolfman's extremely messed up childhood ("I'm a boy, I'm a boy, I'm a boy...")almost had me in tears. And the reason why he bit into his victim's stomachs was so insanely rational that I was amused and shocked all at once. This is a great book and should definitely be read by anyone interested in this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Strange Murders Aug. 20 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Each victim is being bitten after death by teeth that seem to resemble those that might be found on some monster. This is the story of a serial killer set in Scotland that puts its hooks in at the start. I finished this in two sittings because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to take place next. A well-crafted mystery series. John Rebus, the Scottish policeman is a wonderful and lasting character.
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3.0 out of 5 stars predictable May 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very predictable even if we'll written. Small town London and a series of unlikely coincidences. OK for passing a few hours. Not as good as most Rebus books.
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