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Tooth and Nail

(Inspector Rebus #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,814 ratings  ·  593 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...
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Andrew Smith
Mar 04, 2016 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, mixin
i love my Scotsman Rebus, always a good relaxing read!
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series and I’m still enjoying it. Rebus is in London helping to catch a serial killer. It’s never really explained why he’s been requested to help, but I didn’t care. We got to see Rhona, his ex, and Samantha, his daughter. Unrealistically, Rebus finds his way around London with no problem. I still liked the book.

Rankin does a great job developing a relationship between Rebus and Inspector George Flight: tentative at first and then growing respect and to friendship
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 life, an
Jill Hutchinson
This early entry in the Rebus series is not the best nor the worst of the has its strong points such as the continuing unpleasant attitude of the detective which the author just keeps building upon as the series progresses. The weak point is the motive/identity ot the serial killer who Rebus has been seconded to London to help capture. It is one of those "pick the least likely suspect" and you have solved the case which has become a rather lame plot device in modern police procedural ...more
Tooth & Nail by Ian Rankin.

This is the 3rd in the Inspector Rebus series and my 14th. I decided to hunt down Rebus's beginnings in his sleuthing career.
Rebus has been called into London for his expertise in serial murderers. It seems murders have occurred in which each victim has been bitten. Hence the press has labeled him The Wolfman. George flight is the head of the investigation and is not happy about Rebus being assigned to his case. Flight shows his true colors by tak
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the earlier books in the Rebus series I had missed. I found it rather interesting to go back in time to when Rebus was in his 40's, assigned to a serial-killer case in London and thus able to at least visit his ex-wife and daughter living there in a fairly questionable neighborhood.
Rebus is not universally welcomed by the London police force. I was not familiar with the slang utilized in identifying a Scot as "Jock" so I had to read a bit about that. Rebus was referred to in
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Just into his third book of a police procedural series, Ian Rankin decides to write a comedy!
DI Rebus from Edinburgh is unbelievably called upon for help by the London police because of his supposed expertise on serial killers. This allows Rankin to make fun of both Londoners and the Scots even about such a sensitive topic as racism: “Of course, there wasn’t nearly so much racism in Scotland. There was no need; the Scots had bigotry instead.”
Despite being an extra in the great metro
As a lover of British crime thrillers, I try to read all the big names. I would like to be able to say I have read most of the big ones, yet the reality is that I have read nowhere near as many as I would like to be able to claim. I’ve been trying to amend that, and my journey into Ian Rankin is an example of me trying to better myself when it comes to one of my favourite genres.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been meaning to pick up an Inspector Rebus book. It is such a well-kno
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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/>Inspector
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kept-book
Superb read would highly recommend.
Nancy Ellis
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebus is sent to London (a form of punishment in his eyes) to assist the police in the investigation of a serial killer. He quickly manages to step on many toes with his rather abrupt manner and his "foreign" ways (!) as well as shocking everyone by allowing an attractive psychology student to become involved with the case trying to profile the killer. But no amount of insults or attempts to brush him off can keep Rebus from pursuing and resolving these crimes.

I am enjoying the Rebus series mor
3.5 stars. Once again, the buildup is great in the third Rebus novel. Rebus is written perfectly as the Scot who isn't on his own turf in London. Rebus is in London to assist the police with The Wolfman Case, as an expert on serial killers. And of course, Rebus goes in and does his thing. The novel is great until the end. It just unravels too abruptly to do the novel justice. The killer wasn't too obvious, the killer's voice and perspective was well done and had me guessing.
Also enjoyed the nod
Rachel Hall
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Inspector Rebus series sees the wonderfully sardonic, truculent and, at times, antagonistic DI John Rebus uprooted from his home turf and mixing it amongst 'the big boys' of Scotland Yard. Originally published in 1992 as Wolfman, Ian Rankin used this third book primarily to explore his own feelings about London during his time spent residing in the capital and the device works well as chippy Rebus is down south and on more of a back foot than ever before.

The pre
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Mal Warwick
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial murderer dubbed The Wolfman by the press has killed and mutilated three women in London, one a month. The pressure is on the police to catch the killer before panic spreads further. Now, someone at New Scotland Yard has written to Edinburgh to request help from Inspector John Rebus, much to his surprise. Whoever it is has mistaken Rebus for an expert on serial murder, because the difficult case he had solved was very personal and held few lessons for other investigators. But orders are ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that could keep you awake at night or give you some vivid dreams. Rebus is asked to be part of an investigation in London for a murderer who has been dubbed The Wolfman because he bites into his victim's stomachs after they are dead. It was the idea of a particular police inspector to bring him in after his success with another serial killer. Rebus is doubtful, but his boss wants him to go. When he gets there he soon discovers that not everyone is happy to see him as part of the t ...more
Laila (BigReadingLife)
I'm not sure if I like Detective John Rebus, but I like reading *about* him. (Although his romantic escapades make me cringe. He's pretty much a doofus in that area.) This one was a little gruesome in parts. John is called down to London to assist in the search for the serial killer known as The Wolfman. His interplay with Inspector George Flight is entertaining. It's safe to say I'm hooked on yet another mystery series.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
She drives home the knife.

The moment, she knows from past experience, is a very intimate one. Her hand is gripped around the knife's
cool handle and the thrust takes the blade into the throat up to the hilt until her hand meets the throat itself. Flesh upon flesh. Jacket first, or woollen jersey, cotton shirt or T-shirt, then flesh. Now rent. The knife is writhing, like an animal sniffing. Warm blood cov/>
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mystery
This is a fast paced mystery with a couple of satisfying twists at the end.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2018-books
a bit of an odd one, but still engaging enough; fun to have rebus in london.
Ross Cumming
Oct 08, 2016 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
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Thriller Readers
Recommended to Alondra by: Bill Demoulin
Shelves: mystery, 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 i
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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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