Search Results: "Ian Rankin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FALLS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2001

"Like Rebus, readers will find no city more beautiful than Edinburgh, no locale more intriguing than Arthur's Seat—and no characters in the genre more provocative or sharply delineated than Rankin's ongoing cast."
John Rebus, the Edinburgh detective inspector who manages to antagonize someone weighty in the course of nearly every investigation (Set in Darkness, 2000, etc.), has barely finished interrogating David Costello about the disappearance of his girlfriend Philippa "Flip" Balfour and downed a few single malts at the retirement farewell for his superior, the Farmer, when he decides, without sanctions, to search Flip's flat, where he bumps into her dad John, a partner in a private bank, who has him suspended. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Rankin (The Beat Goes On, 2015, etc.) takes his time setting up all these plots. But it's well worth the wait to see how the latest entry in this celebrated series fits all the pieces together."
Veteran cop John Rebus emerges from retirement to look into a pair of parallel cases of revenge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEAT GOES ON by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Rankin's (Saints of the Shadow Bible, 2014, etc.) canny cop is as gray and dour as his Edinburgh beat, but he's in fine form in these clever, occasionally touching, and often wryly funny vignettes."
Rebus fans, rejoice: here are one novella, two new stories, and 28 reprinted tales about veteran detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRIP JACK by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"A solidly absorbing procedural — all enlivened by a succession of offbeat characters and by the author's eccentric but appealing narrative style."
A return to Edinburgh and its sturdy police force, focusing again on Detective Inspector John Rebus (Knobs and Crosses, 1988; Watchman, 1991) as he now tries to solve the murder of Liz Jack — only child of mogul Sir Hugh Ferrie; wife of respected Member of Parliament Gregor Jack; and, in her well-hidden private life, centerpiece of wild weekends at Deer Lodge, her isolated cottage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NAMING OF THE DEAD by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2007

"The world would be better off if Rebus (Fleshmarket Alley, 2005, etc.) attended the peace summits instead of getting bogged down with the usual posturing officeholders and violent anarchists."
DI John Rebus takes on the establishment, terrorists, headline tragedies and the aftermath of his brother's death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH IS NOT THE END by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"The Criminal Records series offers fans a choice, but caveat lector: don't buy the same book twice."
Like CD singles, which ask a little less money for a lot less music, this initial entry in Otto Penzler's new Criminal Records series is far from a bargain page-wise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK BOOK by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"22, etc.) shines right down to the nasty surprise on the last page."
Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus's bad week—his lover throws him out; his ex-dealing, ex-con brother, Mickey, turns up on his doorstep—shows every promise of getting worse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HANGING GARDEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Rebus, a puzzle to himself and an enigma to everyone else—especially that array of interesting ladies who've been drawn to him over the course of nine outings (Black and Blue, 1997, etc.)—remains one of the most charismatic heroes in contemporary crime fiction."
Staying on top of two complex investigations is tough enough, but what really has Inspector John Rebus up the wall is staying on the wagon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOTS AND CROSSES by Ian Rankin
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Solidly drawn characters, keen psychological insights and an intriguing, well-knit plot—along with a rather florid but individual writing style—make Rankin a newcomer to watch."
A compelling first novel sent in Edinburgh, where a series of killings of young girls has the city in a panic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD by Ian Rankin
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Rankin deftly balances welcome surprises and satisfyingly predictable developments. Mainly, though, he succeeds in making methodical Fox a worthy successor to the legendary Inspector John Rebus."
A routine, if unpleasant, internal investigation of the Fife Constabulary leads Edinburgh's Inspector Malcolm Fox and his Professional Standards team (The Complaints, 2011, etc.) back to a 25-year-old cover-up. Read full book review >