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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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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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 >

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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 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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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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A QUESTION OF BLOOD by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"A notch below quintessential Rankin (Resurrection Man, Feb. 2003, etc.) with a wrap-up that doesn't quite ring true and a Rebus too dependent on painkillers and single-malt. But Siobhan—now there's a lassie to admire."
Once again up on charges, DI John Rebus defies suspension and scalded hands to work two difficult cases. 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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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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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 >