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Tooth & Nail (Inspector Rebus #3) Paperback – 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orion Books Limited (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752809407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752809403
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,456,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scottish homicide detective John Rebus has been sent from "North of the Border" to help London police catch a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. Teamed with a London cop he wants to trust but can't, Rebus lets a beautiful psychologist into the case develops a bizarre portrait of a killer who leaves bite marks and tears on each victim's body. Now it's only a question of who is going to get busted first: the cop with the accent who breaks all the rules--or the pyscho painting London with blood...


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Ian Rankin’s “Tooth and Nail” is the 3rd volume in the Detective Inspector John Rebus series. In it Rebus is seconded to London to assist that police force to apprehend a serial killer, a topic of which Rebus is reputed to have some knowledge, but something which Rebus disavows.

By the way, I have read many of the Rebus novels, but out of order. It was not until “Tooth and Nail” that I realized this has some value. By reading one of the early Rebus novels right after one of the later, it brought into sharper relief how his character has changed, which might not be perceptible over a longer time of gradual evolution. In “Tooth and Nail” Rebus is more emotional, more empathetic, more engaged with people, whereas in my view later he becomes more cynical, more jaded and more hostile.

Furthermore, in “Tooth and Nail,” he becomes somewhat interested, if also skeptical, with psychology and what it might have to say about serial killers, in particular as a tool to profile such criminals. To put it in terms of a contrast, in this novel Rebus appears open to the possibility that deviant behavior might be a result of forces and motives beyond the individual’s choosing or control, and they may in fact be products of their environment, whereas the paradigm for many of the other novels is the struggle between good and evil, in which the participants have some choices. For example, Rebus may exhibit some acceptance of the first approach as indicated by his treatment of Samantha’s boyfriend, whom he abhors but is also willing to give a chance.
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By A Customer on Nov. 29 1999
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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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By A Customer on May 15 2000
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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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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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