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Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2016-challenge, crime, london

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 other writer could have got away with what Ian Rankin did. In fact, I know they couldn't have, because I know any other writer would have had me throwing the book against the wall with cries of "Bollocks" and "This is ridiculous crap."

"Tooth and Nail" is, I think, the book where we first got to see just how special Ian Rankin is as a writer.

Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

August 21, 2016 – Shelved
August 21, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
September 7, 2016 – Started Reading
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-challenge
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: crime
September 8, 2016 – Shelved as: london
September 8, 2016 – Finished Reading

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James Thane A great series, for sure...


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Andrew This is one of my favourite novels in the series, loved Rebus being in London, and as for the end scenes!


Margaret Andrew wrote: "This is one of my favourite novels in the series, loved Rebus being in London, and as for the end scenes!"

The end scenes were fantastic! :D


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