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Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus #3)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  6,429 ratings  ·  283 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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Phrynne
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
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
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
Gary Letham
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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Joanna
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Varun
I had previously reviewed two of Rankin's previous works and found them good(if not great).This one though,comes with a pretty decent mystery which is much much better than the deus ex-machina like reveal in Knots and Crosses.Plus Rebus is no longer the miserable character that he was portrayed in the first book.He is much better realized,especially in the scenes with his family and colleagues.Also,the mystery
though not very original is fairly intriguing and the change of setting works in favor
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Steve
This time, Rebus travels to London to assist with the capture of a serial murderer. The author does a good job of showing the contrast between him and his hosts.
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
Simon Taylor
Detective Inspector Rebus finds himself seconded to Scotland Yard to assist the Metropolitan Police with a serial killer known as Wolfman. Therefore, our grumpy hero finds himself in new turf, in the only Rebus to date which is not set in Edinburgh.

In his new surroundings, Rebus is more of an outsider than ever. The change is interesting, and allows his introspective self-absorption to continue to be explored. While London and Glasgow are often compared, Rankin's fondness for Scotland shines thr
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Tim
I first came across Rankin in a brief blurb about Scottish writing included in the Lonely Planet Guide to Edinburgh. I took a look at some of his work in some Scottish bookstores, and saw that he was very popular, with many books in print and what appeared to be critical acclaim. The guy at the mystery bookshop in NYC said that there were two ways to read his stuff: from the beginning on, or going straight to Black and Blue and the books that follow it. I chose to try one of his earlier books, h ...more
Sean McCann
I have all the Rebus series and am re-reading them right now. The 3* is part loyalty to the series, part due to the page-turning quality despite the flaws. Casting my mind back, my feeling from having finished the series originally was that it got better as it went along, as Rankin grew in his abilities as a writer. The start of this book is so much more convincing than the preceding two. The first 50 pages are heavy on real stuff, scene-of-crime, pathology, forensics, the sort of attention to d ...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
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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
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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.
Sundarraj Kaushik
Inspector Rebus in London. A series of murders have been rocking London and the London police approach the Lothian and Borders for help. They specifically request for Rebus stating that he is an expert in serial murderers and would help them crack the case. His reputation precedes him and he kept under vigilance of one of the officers who also believes that what Rebus does makes sense.
Rebus elicits enough snickers amongst the London police not least for the way he speaks, which many do not even
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Felix Zilich
Кто-то из Скотленд-Ярда решил, что инспектор Ребус - большой эксперт по маньякам, поэтому после появления в британской столиице нового серийного убийцы, прозванного за глаза “Оборотнем”, шотландского копа срочно выписывают в Лондон.

Ребусу здесь не нравится. Пробки, бездуховность и тлен. Никто в отделении не понимает его каледонийского акцента, троллят его, за глаза назыввают “джоком”. Хотел проследить за новым хахалем своей дочурки, живущим в Хакни - получил пизды.

Да-да, бывшая жена и дочка об
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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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  • 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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