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Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Inspector Rebus in London. A series of murders have been rocking London and the London police approach the Lothian and Borders for help. They specifically request for Rebus stating that he is an expert in serial murderers and would help them crack the case. His reputation precedes him and he kept under vigilance of one of the officers who also believes that what Rebus does makes sense.
Rebus elicits enough snickers amongst the London police not least for the way he speaks, which many do not even understand.
In his inimitable way he goes about rubbing everybody the wrong way, plays a truant and runs off to Glasgow leaving the London police fuming.
Finally using his intuition Rebus cracks the case and catches the murderer to the relief of one and all, except the murderer himself.
Another good read from Ian Rankin.

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Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)Strip Jack by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An MP named Jack is caught in a brothel, but fortunately with his pants up. Rebus is in the team that storms the brothel. The news comes to media and the MP finds his life becoming difficult as the media labels him Strip Jack.
Rebus has full trust in the MP and wishes to unearth the reason for the MP’s presence in the brothel. In the meantime two bodies turn up in the river. Both seem to have been killed by the same means. A vagrant claims to have killed both the women, but Rebus is not convinced.
He digs deep, irritates everybody and solves the case. Definitely a good read.

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Exit Music (Inspector Rebus, #17)Exit Music by Ian Rankin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rebus retires. This book is based on the last two weeks before Rebus’s retirement. The Russian businessmen are in town trying to win business deals with Scotland. A dissident Russian poet is found murdered and Rebus and Siobhan come into picture.
Soon the audio recordist who had a penchant to record things in public and who recorded the last book reading of the Russian poet is also found dead.

Siobhan leads the investigation with Rebus as a team member. Rebus ends up rubbing everybody the wrong way. Rebus gets himself suspended, but this does not deter him from pursuing the truth.

The book is all about how he solves his last case before he retires. A fitting end to a glorious career.

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The FloodThe Flood by Ian Rankin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Probably the first book of Ian Rankin that gets such a low rating from me. This was the first book of Ian Rankin. This time there is no Rebus (probably the reason why it got such a low ranking). The story still revolves around the outskirts of Edinburgh. The location is Carsden. The book traces the life of a girl, Mary, who gets pushed into a polluted river. Her hair turns fully white, overnight, either due to the shock or due to the chemicals in the river. She gets branded as a witch. Mary’s father thrashes the boy who pushed Mary into the river the first day he joins the coal mines. The next day the boy dies due to a fire in the coal mines. Mary’s father is saved because of the boy who takes full brunt of the fire due to his inexperience. The boy’s father nurses a grudge against Mary’s family.

The coal mining industry is coming to a standstill in the thus far thriving town and her father loses his job and becomes a drunkard. She becomes pregnant before she is married and her brother leaves for Canada looking for better opportunities. The town suspects that the brother has impregnated her and has hence runaway or has been sent away. Soon her father dies in an accident as he is walking back home with one of his friends.

A son is born to her and he is branded a witch’s son and has to withstand the taunts of the townsfolk. He still manages to build his set of friends and tries to lead a normal life. His mother starts seeing a school teacher who also teaches him. He falls in love with a gypsy girl of ill reputation. This disrupts the peace between his mother and him. His grandfather’s friend who was with him when he met with the accident also commits suicide. Towards the end of the book his mother confesses who could be the real father of the child.

The book ends with the boy saving his mother as the disgruntled father of the boy who pushed Mary into the river tries to kill her.

All in all an OK book to read.

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Set in Darkness (Inspector Rebus, #11)Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another of Ian Rankin’s inspector Rebus books. This involves the building of the new Scottish Parliament. The developers discover a body buried in the vaults of an erstwhile hospital which is expected to become a part of the parliament. Rebus who is part of the team that is expected to facilitate the developers maintain security at the building site is bored of the events initially, but this discovery stirs the curiosity in him and he starts investigation on this. He involves Ellen Wylie and Grand Hood in this investigation.
Soon there is a second murder in the premises of the same hospital where the earlier body was found. This person in question was one who was expected to become a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) soon. This high profile investigation is taken over by Rebus, much to the chagrin of Ellen Wylie. In this he has a partner in the form of another Inspector, a blue eyed boy in the force, a lot many years his junior to contend with.
The third is a suicide of a tramp who is found to have close to a half a million pound in saving. This suicide is handled by Siobhan Clarke.
Rebus in his own way ties up the three cases together and manages to rub the nose of his contender in the mud, much to the frustration of the high brass in the police.
Rebus comes close to being suspended before the mystery unfolds itself in the last few pages.
A good read for all the Ian Rankin, Inspector Rebus fans.

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A Good HangingA Good Hanging by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good set of short stories based on Inspector Rebus. In every story the sharp intellect of Rebus comes to the fore. Mysteries are solved in a jiffy and the culprits are put behind bar or ticked off or are left to languish in their guilt for life.
Another good read from Ian Rankin.

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The Naming of the Dead (Inspector Rebus, #16)The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Looks like one of the last Rebus books. Rebus is on the verge of retirement. The G8 is meeting in Edinburgh. The whole town is in turmoil. The entire police force is busy with managing the security setup for the G8 leaders.
Rebus and Siobhan are pursuing yet another murder. This time the murdered person is a bouncer who worked for big Ger Cafferty. Along the way they discover two additional murders committed along the same lines. They realize that they are now dealing with not one, but three murder cases. They are not about to give up following up on the case although others have closed it down and are busy with the VIP security.
With the usual nonchalance Rebus and Siobhan march on taking head on anybody who tries to bottle them up. Siobhan’s mother and father are there in Edinburgh for a demonstration against the policies of the G8 nations. Siobhan gets some time with them.
Siobhan is saved from the wrath and lust of a boy in the area where Siobhan’s parents are put up by the councilor of the area. Rebus does not have a good opinion about the councilor.
Siobhan’s mother gets smashed on the face, apparently by a police personnel deployed to control the demonstrators and Siobhan is unable to stop herself from trying to find out the person who did this.
Rebus takes help of Ellen Wylie, Siobhan’s rival in the force because he finds that she has posted certain material in a website where the three killed persons, all ex convicts and sexual predators, were mentioned. This riles Siobhan.
Rebus also gets in touch with Ger Cafferty as it is his bouncer who had been killed.
Just before the beginning of the G8 meet the minister for Trade Affairs falls off the ramparts of the Edinburgh fort and Rebus is stopped from investigating it too.
As the book progresses, like other Rebus books, the connections, some tenuous, some not so tenuous, between the various disconnected events emerge.
The book has an intriguing end and leaves the reader with a feeling there is more to come. As Rebus fans let us hope so.

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