Search Results: "Ian Rankin"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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WATCHMAN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 11, 2007

"Not as stylishly compelling as Rankin's later efforts, but a gritty appraisal of the bomb-wielding miasma of the 1980s and a highly readable explanation of the demons that drive zealots to switch sides."
An early, Rebus-less spy thriller from Rankin (The Naming of the Dead, 2007, etc.), published for the first time in the United States. Read full book review >

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SET IN DARKNESS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Rankin, who won a Gold Dagger for Black and Blue (1997), adds another bracing Scotch sour to his fine Rebus series, concentrating this time on mordant family relationships, professional infighting, and the near-lethal mistakes of a good man."
Touring the site of Edinburgh's new parliamentary building complex, dour DI John Rebus and fast-tracking DI Derek Linford are present when a moldy, desiccated skeleton comes tumbling out of a long-disused fireplace. Read full book review >

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EXIT MUSIC by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"One can only hope that as Conan Doyle revived Holmes and John Harvey brought back Charlie Resnick, Rankin will allow Rebus (The Naming of the Dead, 2007, etc.) several encores. Meanwhile, he goes out with panache and his usual ability to see through flummery."
Say it ain't so: Rebus retires. 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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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 >

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RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If the word 'dour' hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases."
A rogue cop who won't stay retired has even less incentive to follow the rules when an old murder leads to a new crime. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >