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Tooth & Nail (Inspector Rebus #3) Paperback – 1998
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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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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.Read more ›
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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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.Published on May 18 2014 by Keith Matthews
Another great Rebus, a little more gory than others which I did not personally like but still a great read.Published on March 31 2014 by Jimmy
Love the author, the book was in great condition. And not having to leave to find it is sure relaxing.