Search Results: "Ian Rankin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"More appreciation than critique. Cabell's biggest achievement is an annotated guide to Rankin first editions and comprehensive cast lists and episode summaries of the TV series."
An analysis of much-lauded crime writer Ian Rankin's relationship with his iconoclastic detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

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IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Gretchen Woelfle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A welcome addition to the short list of titles for young readers about this important figure. (timeline, bibliography, source notes, index not seen) (Biography. 9-14)"
Jeannette Rankin was born in Montana and spent her life working hard for women and for peace. Read full book review >

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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Trish Marx
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Rankin is a standard roster entry in collective biographies of women in politics, but this is the first standalone for young readers in more than ten years—and definitely the most memorable. (Biography. 10-12)"
An engrossing profile of a lifelong peace activist who was also the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read full book review >

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DOORS OPEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2010

"Not up to Rankin's best—Rebus, we miss you—but certainly entertaining."
With Detective Inspector John Rebus (Exit Music, 2008, etc.) rusticated by mandatory retirement, Rankin offers a stand-alone about dishonor among thieves. Read full book review >

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FLESHMARKET ALLEY by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"Iconoclastic Rebus and tetchy Clarke (A Question of Blood, 2004, etc.) are the best thing to come out of Scotland since single-malt—especially when they're involved in a plot so rich and complex."
Cast adrift when the CID closes their old patch, DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke try to fit in at the Gayfield Square stationhouse, on the edge of Edinburgh's posh New Town. Read full book review >

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RESURRECTION MEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"Rankin keeps topping his own best work (A Good Hanging, 2002, etc.), this time by juicing up the plot with more twists than the Amalfi Drive, giving Siobhan more to do, and having Rebus revisit old graves and overlooked mistakes en route to a kind of resurrection."
Finally, iconoclastic DI John Rebus has gone too far, heaving crockery at DCI Gill Templer, and he's been remanded to Tulliallan, the Scottish Police College midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, for a course on appropriate team behavior led by retired DCI Tennant, who assigns Rebus and five other anti-authority types—officers Francis Gray, Stu Sutherland, Tam Barclay, Allan Ward, Jazz McCullough—to work, together, in harmony, on the long unresolved murder of Eric Lomax. Read full book review >

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A GOOD HANGING by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"But any time spent with Rebus is quality time."
Nothing more than 12 character studies, perhaps—but the character they're studying is probably the most interesting man in detective fiction, the quintessential thinking man, Edinburgh DI John Rebus. Read full book review >

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LET IT BLEED by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 1996

"All you have to do is sit back and enjoy this author's boldest, most ambitious novel yet."
Who ever heard of serial suicide? Read full book review >

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WATCHMAN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1991

"Slightly disappointing sequel to Knots and Crosses, whose reporter character Jim Stevens makes a peripheral appearance here."
The British Secret Service here is a far cry from the smoothly functioning machine of James Bond and others- Chicanery, politicking, and worse are giving introspective agent Miles Flint a hard time. Read full book review >

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SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case."
Rebus (Standing in Another Man's Grave, 2013, etc.) is working the streets as a detective again—and his loyalty is on the line. Read full book review >