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Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  8,749 Ratings  ·  411 Reviews
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...
Paperback, 277 pages
Published 1998 by Orion (first published 1992)
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Andrew Smith
Mar 04, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, my favourite Scottish sleuth has been called down to London to help track down a serial killer. There’s a couple of mysteries here:

1. Who is killing women in the capital – stabbing them and leaving bite marks on the body?

2. Why has Rebus been asked to go down south and help? Ok, he’d played a part in arresting a multiple murderer back in his own patch, but it wasn’t really the work of a serial killer.

It’s really interesting to see Rebus out of his comfort zone, mixing with cockney coppers w
Jun 03, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Number 3 in the Rebus series and I enjoyed it very much. Rebus is in London and is quite out of his comfort zone, but still manages to be his normal bend all the rules self. And of course he has the final flash of inspiration which catches the killer. I had absolutely zero idea of who the killer was going to be. I didn't even know the gender of the person we were looking for and yet when I found out who it was I thought "Oh yes . Of course!" The mark of a good thriller writer I think. I will mos ...more
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
May 09, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
"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
Excellent plot, with a grippingly suspense and an unexpected end.

3* The Third Gentleman
3* The Serpent's Back

Inspector Rebus series:
4* Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)
3* Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
3* The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
3* Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
2* Death Is Not the End (Inspector Rebus, #10.5)
4* Resurrection Men (Inspector Rebus, #13)
4* A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus, #14)
4* Fleshmarket Close (Inspector Rebus, #15)
TR Knots and Crosses (Inspector Reb
Jan 11, 2016 Francis rated it really liked it
Well I'm back to reading about Rebus and not surprisingly he is just as surly, petulant, impulsive and distrusting as ever.

No, that's not right. The fact is, he reaches new heights in this book. First of all, he's chasing down a serial killer ( I know what your thinking ...Hey everybody has to, so what's so special about that?) Well for one thing, the serial killer is British and he's Scottish, and secondly he is being forced to work with the Brits in damned London, and the Brits they're thinki
Aug 21, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it
This is one of the earliest Rebus novels, so it's a bit shorter than the later ones. Having said that, the story packs a punch.

Rebus is sent down to London as an "expert" on serial killers to help the Met with a killer of their own. He battles bigotry as he tries to track down the killer that the media has dubbed "Wolfman".

The story plods along a little, right up to the big reveal of the killer, and that point the story explodes. I was laughing with sheer delight by this point. I don't think any
Oct 16, 2009 Brian rated it it was ok
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.
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 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
Juliet Sem
Jul 07, 2013 Juliet Sem rated it did not like it

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
Ross Cumming
Oct 08, 2016 Ross Cumming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Went straight from reading 'Hide and Seek' (Rebus 2) to reading this, the third in the Detective Inspector Rebus novels. In this story Rebus is seconded to the Metropolitan Police in London to assist with the investigation into a series of killings committed by the serial killer named The Wolfman. So named because he kills and then takes a bite out of his victims. The reason for Rebus's secondment is because of his so called 'expertise' in investigating serial killings which is the subject of th ...more
Tamara (Frau Kugelfisch)
Dieses Buch befindet sich auf meiner Liste 16 Bücher für 2016, auf die es vor allem Bücher schafften, welche ihr Dasein vor sich hin Fristen, aber seit längerem nicht von mir gelesen wurden. Bei Ian Rankin war ich mir lange nicht sicher. Ich habe die Reihe auf Empfehlung meiner Schwester angefangen, welche grosser Fan dieser Reihe ist. Leider vermochten mich der erste und der zweite Teil nicht zu überzeugen. Ich wollte aber dem dritten Teil noch eine Chance geben und jetzt(!) ist die Bombe gepla ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Thriller Readers
Recommended to Alondra by: Bill Demoulin
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Rebus is sent to London to help detectives hunt a serial killer dubbed the Wolfman by the press. Rebus feels out of place and like a fraud as the detectives and reporters call him a serial killer expert. but mostly just emphasizing Rebus’s status as an outsider and diminishing his role to a small fish in a big pond, not the other way around.

Throughout the story, the killer appears to be a few steps ahead of the police; which is quite suspicious, making you wonder if it is not a cop; while
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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
Nov 14, 2011 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, rebus
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
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
Feb 17, 2015 Ammar rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Rebus is asked to go to London to help solve the Wolfman case.

Rankin is a master of scenery and one -liners banter.

We meet a variety of characters from the stall sellers in Brick Lane to the highest inspector at the Met

One can see that Rankin was enjoying creating the Wolfman and probably got inspired by Silence of the Lamb as be me mentions in the introduction

CJ Bowen
Solid. Rebus is stubborn and patient, and his instincts are usually right on the money. Rankin manages to be a sympathetic author without losing the thread of good and bad, knowing that evil suffered does not justify evil committed.

The development of the friendship between Flight and Rebus is stronger than the mystery itself. The car chase scene was humorous, but led to a resolution that felt odd. I guess it's a good sign that the motives and actions of a deranged serial killer don't make much s
Feb 11, 2017 L rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Love Rankin's work. However, I really don't like serial killer stories all that much. Other than that, it was great, of course. The characters are strongly written. The mystery and it's solving are solid.

Only read this once, but am having trouble with Goodread's new system of dates.
C.M. Steele
Feb 13, 2017 C.M. Steele rated it it was amazing
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Jul 20, 2010 J rated it liked it
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May 21, 2010 Dorothy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jul 26, 2015 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the series, but I was stuck for something to read while out and about and picked this up in a charity shop for 50 cents. I don't think I missed much by reading out of order, but I cannot believe it has taken me so long to check out Ian Rankin. I noticed when visiting my sister in the U.K., she had a couple of his books on her shelves and when I asked her how they were, she said she thought they would be my thing. She was right. I did like this one. Rebus is a crank sod, ...more
Tim Swift
Jul 19, 2013 Tim Swift rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2008 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third try reading this book; I'm glad I finally got far enough along to be sucked in. I don't read many mysteries, but I have read the previous two Inspector Rebus novels. It's amazing how quickly a book like this dates itself -- When this was published in 1992, a car phone probably seemed like pretty snazzy technology. Today, it felt sort of silly to have the characters chatting on car phones with one other.

Still, I enjoyed this novel. Rebus is not a lovable character, he isn't parti
Aug 07, 2015 William rated it it was amazing
I loved this mystery. That is as simple a statement as I can make concerning this well done, ingeniously deceptive serial killer manhunt tale. Inspector John Rebus is called in to London, of all places for a Scot, to investigate a series of murders which have been perpetuated by one individual, the Wolfman; thusly named because victim #1 was found on Wolf St. and because each victim has had bite marks on their abdomen. It isn't long before Rebus realizes that he isn't just chasing a killer, but ...more
David Nelson
Jul 25, 2015 David Nelson rated it liked it
Reading Challenge 2015 Complete!

more of a 3.5*s. I enjoyed this. I can feel the character and world of Rebus getting more defined and though I feel there's some weaknesses, I'm optimistic about where the series will head.

Taking Rebus out of Scotland and his comfort zone was an interesting move, and I feel like it was a good way to build his character. The story itself was fairly gripping, and I didn't work out who the Wolfman was until it was revealed, which is always good. However I didn't rea
Jan 27, 2013 Felicity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gary Letham
Oct 19, 2014 Gary Letham rated it liked it
The third outing for Rebus and Rankin takes him out of his native Edinburgh to London help track the serial killer known as the Wolfman. Not sure if taking the protagonist out of his usual background really works here, but was strangely topical in the light of the recent referendum, looking at the stereotypes portrayed both sides of the border.
What I've noticed so far is that Rebus doesn't seem to want for female company and is sometimes led by his emotions, destructively so. The story is enjoya
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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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Inspector Rebus (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
  • The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
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  • Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
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