Wolfsmale (Inspector Rebus, #3)
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Wolfsmale (Inspector Rebus #3)

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Sent to London to help catch a vicious serial killer, Inspector John Rebus teams up with a beautiful psychologist to piece together a portrait of a depraved psychopath bent on painting the town red—with blood...
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Brad
Of all the fictional coppers I read about on a regular basis, Detective John Rebus is the least likeable. Granted, I've only just finished the third book in the series (I am reading them in order), so he may become more likeable as I progress, but right now there is nothing I like about this character.

I connect on a shockingly deep level (could it be love?) with Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, feeling a kinship with the sullen Ystad detective that I've felt with few fictional characters in my...more
Lori
"Fish out of water" Rebus. Loved it. Rebus is on loan to London to help solve a serial murder case. Somehow he's now got the rep as a serial killer expert and has been called in to solve this series of heinous, brutal murders. His interactions with the London police and resentment of their "hick from the sticks" attitude towards him is classic Rebus as is his awkward concern regarding his daughter and her new "Beau" and the suspicions he has that this boy in her life is trouble. The mystery was...more
Benjamin Thomas
This morning on the way into work I completed my latest audio book, Tooth and Nail, by Ian Rankin. This was the first book I had read (or listened to) by Mr Rankin. I had picked it out of the library like I usually do...it looked interesting: a serial killer is on the loose, with the interesting characteristic that he bites his victims sort of like a werewolf. I've done a little research since then and have found that Ian Rankin is one of the top selling British novelists alive today. In fact Wi...more
LJ
TOOTH AND NAIL (Pol Proc-John Rebus-Scotland-Cont) - Ex
Rankin, Ian - 3rd in series

From Fantastic Fiction: They call him the Wolfman - because he takes a nip out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street. But there's no urban predator that Rebus fears. When Scotland Yard are anxious to find the last serial killer on their patch they look north and soon Rebus is on his way south from the chill of Edinburgh to the rain of London. A serial killerfrom...more
Alex
Relatively solid early Rebus hinges on a mindbogglingly stupid leap of faith in the case's solution. There's a lot of work towards building Rebus into the model that we all came to know and worry about - he breaks a lot of rules but only gets drunk once - but the serial killer aspect is a bit weak.

Rebus and Rankin are always at their best when they deal largely in characters and investigation, and neither are designed to take the leaps into thriller territory. As a character establishing piece...more
Beverly
Here we go again. This could easily have been a 4 star book if Rankin hadn't broken down in the end. The ending was rushed and not well set up. Otherwise it was a truly creepy story about a London serial killer. Rebus is borrowed by the London police because of his supposed expertise in solving serial killer cases, but as we know the murders in Knots and Crosses were not quite serial killings. In this installment Rebus gets a love interest and visits with his ex-wife and his 16 year old daughter...more
Dorothy
A vicious serial killer is haunting London and the Detective Inspector in charge of the investigation, George Flight, is stumped. He recognizes that he needs help, a fresh viewpoint, and he requests the assistance of a fellow DI that he has read about, a man who has some experience solving serial killings. His name is John Rebus and the only problem is that he's stationed in Edinburgh. A request through channels is made and soon Rebus is on his way, very reluctantly, to London to help catch a ki...more
Andy
Now that I've finally managed to stop reading books by James Patterson, and I don't have access to my Poirot collection at present, I've been looking for a new detective series to scatter throughout my reading. Going back and re-reading the Scarpetta story recently and realising it was a bit crap made me wonder. So I found this Rebus novel, fairly close to the begining of the series and thought I'd give it a go.

I've heard good things about Ian Rankin and his use of Edinburgh as a character so wa...more
Tim Swift
Reading through the Rebus novels to see how the key characters develop, this seems to me to be the one where his character really starts to take shape.

Called to London because of his experience of a serial killer - something he considers misplaced, as the serial murderer he tackled in the first book arose only because of their personal connections - he's an obvious maverick, partly unwanted and resented, he gradually comes to a grudging friendship with the lead officer George Flight.

Family cir...more
J
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Abhinav
'Tooth & Nail' is the third in the Inspector Rebus series & the first one to be set outside his home turf Edinburgh. This time, Rebus is called upon by Scotland Yard to investigate a series of gruesome murders by a serial killer called 'Wolfman' in the alleys of London.

I love reading the Inspector Rebus novels. They are decent as far as crime fiction is concerned, but there's so much more Ian Rankin's writing gives you that ensures you're not left disappointed.

This one is by far the dark...more
Juliet Sem
SPOILERS







I wanted to read several crime novels that were considered accurate for the genre, as being the child of a police officer, I often find it hard to suspend disbelief when reading a crime novel when I find inaccuracies.

Ian Rankin's Tooth And Nail was highly recommended to me by a friend who loves crime novels, so I forked out the $17 required to purchase this in paperback.

I would like a refund. I didn't think the main character did much, if anything, in the way of solving the crime, inst...more
Felicity
This is my favouirite book of the Detective Rebus series so far. In this book Rebus is sent to London to help the metropolitan police catch a serial killer. He is completely fazed by London and there are some comical moments when the london police officers can't understand him because of his Scottish accent and he doesn't understand their cockney rhyming slang! There is also a lot of friction between him and some of the London cops but he takes it in his stride and sometimes flaunts the rules. I...more
Nicholas Whyte
"The third book worked least well for me, taking Rebus off his home patch to London to investigate a serial killer. The London of Tooth and Claw seemed improbably small, with everyone turned out to be related to each other; its population also appeared to be entirely white. The subplot with a forensic psychologist who was not what she seemed was not very plausible. And the solution to the actual mystery was more suited to an Agatha Christie country house murder fantasy than to the gritty urban n...more
Brian
This must be one of the silliest books I've ever read. The plot is rambling; the denoument is melodramatic and farcical; the central character, Inspector Rebus, comes over as a bit thick in his conversations with the young female psychology student who, predictably enough, ends up in bed with him; and the characterisation of the villain, a serial killer who leaves bite marks in his victims, is like something out of a pantomime. This novel won the 1997 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for f...more
Michael


Ever since I watched a fascinating documentary about Ian Rankin, I’ve been interested in reading one of his books; TOOTH AND NAIL caught my interest. I was immediately taken by the writing style; deceptively simple yet affecting prose, and along with the downtrodden likes-a-drink and a good book, labouring character of John Rebus, I was pulled into the story straight away.

Inspector Rebus has been summoned to London, to have a look at a serial-killing case. The killer takes a bite from each vict...more
Rob
3.5 stars. Inspector John Rebus, the protagonist of Ian Rankin's long-running mystery series, stands apart from other sleuths in his genre. He's smart but kind of a schlub. He cracks dangerous cases but isn't an action hero. He's got an eye for the ladies but would rather reconcile with his ex-wife. He likes a drink but isn't a lush. He's a dude's dude but collects books. He is, as I wrote in my review of Rankin's second Rebus book, an anachronism. He's still defiantly out of time in this third...more
Barry
This is a re-read for me. I'm going through the Rebus novels from the start as I've missed a few over the years but can't remember which ones.

This was so-so. Rebus is invited to London to investigate a serial killer known as Wolfman. Needless to say he doesn't endear himself to the locals. London is a completely alien culture to Rebus - it's like he has landed on Mars! I'm really not sure that even in the 80's London was so different to Edinburgh for Rebus's culture shock.

So in the novel we've g...more
Babette
I finally got to this book on my list - many years after reading the first two in the series in quick succession. I enjoyed this quite a bit, and there is a chase scene at the end that is one of the best and funniest I have ever read. This book should be made into a movie just for that scene alone.
I am glad I picked Rankin up again and look forward to continuing with his books.
Agnes Muscoreil
I like Ian Rankin, this being the second of his books I have read. He keeps the story interesting and moving along, and I like Rebus. Good tale, I'll get more of Rankin's books.
Cat
I like a good Inspector Rebus mystery to change things up. I always find one or two nuggets in Rankin's prose. This isn't one of the best, but it's solid Rebus--he's temporarily relocated to London. The killer was rather ill-conceived and there was no real a-ha moment! But there are great secondary characters and fun clashes between Scots and English. The take-home: Rebus is riding on the tube thinking about how so many people can zone out and ignore one another: "This wasn't an environment for...more
Rishi Saikia

Because the first body was found in Wolf Street, because the murderer takes a bite from each body, the press have found a new terror, the Wolfman...

Drafted down to the Big Smoke thanks to his supposed expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers, Inspector John Rebus is on a train south from Edinburgh. His Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't too happy at yet more interference. It's bad enough having several Chief Inspectors on your back without being hounded at every turn

...more
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Tooth and Nail is the third book in the Inspector Rebus series. Its predecessor, Hide & Seek was a disappointment and it hence, when I started reading Tooth & Nail, naturally, I didn't have any high expectations on this book. I became eager to read Tooth & Nail when I learnt that Rebus' next case is not going to be at Edinburgh, but at London.



London is terrorised by a murderer who has already killed four women, women with absolutely no connection (in terms of profession, ethnicity, b...more
Tony
Rankin, Ian. TOOTH AND NAIL. (1992). ***. Inspector Rebus is called down to London by Scotland Yard to assist in catching a killer termed, “Wolfman.” (Be careful. That was the original British title.) He slowly builds a relationship with the British detectives on the case and meets up with beautiful psychologist to piece together the portrait of this depraved psychopath. The MO the Wolfman uses is to stab his victims – all women – and then bite them on the stomach, leaving odd teet marks. How mu...more
sky
*no spoilers here*

Fabulous. I absolutely loved this third Rebus book by Ian Rankin. I feel that it was better than #2, which was better than #1.

The climax of the book, the realization of the killer, the scene and aftermath was some of the most fun reading I've done in a long time! My heart was pumping, I was laughing, I stood up and pumped my fist. All while causing a scene in central London and Trafalgar Square, how cool!

I very much welcome the change to London as it's fascinating to see it thr...more
Joyce Lagow
3rd in the Inspector Rebus series.[return][return]There� s a serial killer loose in London, and to both his surprise and discomfort, Metro Police have requested the help of Rebus as an � expert� on serial killers. Rebus, who does not view himself as any expert, reluctantly goes south.[return][return]Where he runs into anti-Scots prejudice as well as unexpected problems� such as the inability of some of his new colleagues� inability to understand his thick Scots accent! He strikes up an unlikely...more
Stephen
Just discovered one of Ian Rankin's earliest books ...yea ! Inspector John Rebus has been asked by his boss to leave Edinburgh and travel to London to assist the police in finding a serial killer. As one might expect the London detectives are not quite ready to welcome an outsider.....an alleged 'expert' on serial killers ....into their investigation.
Rebus senses the hostility immediately but attempts to 'work' with his new team, headed by George Flight. There have now been 4 murders and there...more
Richard
8/10

Tooth & Nail is the 3rd Rebus I have read and the style is getting stronger and more fluid to read in my opinion. Whilst I enjoyed the 1st in the series (Knots & Crosses) there was something about it that felt disjointed and not as easy a read as this or the 2nd one, Hide & Seek. This has stepped up the pace and made the main character more engaging and, to me, likable.

This book takes Rebus out of Edinburgh and places him in London to aid the Met in their hunt for the Wolfman ser...more
Spm
John Rebus is a witty and likable protagonist. In this installment of the popular series, Rankin takes Rebus to London to help out on a serial murder investigation. The Scotsman observes an entirely different culture to the one he knows back in Edinburgh. He also finds himself at the receiving end of regional prejudice from some of his London police officer peers, which gives the story an interesting slant.

Having lived on Gower Street in central London in 1991 - where swaths of this novel were s...more
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AKA Jack Harvey.

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

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