Last year I read Knots and Crosses, the first Inspector Rebus mystery and really fell in love with the dark side of Edinburgh. I loved Rebus as well, but was concerned about his health, mental and physical. Then author Ian Rankin came to town and charmed me into reading the next in the series, Hide and Seek and, well, a fan was born. I actually thought both of these next in the series were better than the first two.
Tooth & Nail. Finished 9-2-19, 4.25/5 stars, mystery, 277 pages, pub. 1992
Inspector Rebus #3
Drafted down to the Big Smoke thanks to a supposed expertise in the modus operandi of serial killers, Inspector John Rebus is on a train south from Edinburgh. His Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn’t too happy at yet more interference. It’s bad enough having several Chief Inspectors on your back without being hounded at every turn by an upstart Jock. Rebus is going to have to deal with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When he’s offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive lady psychologist, it’s too good an opportunity to turn down. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack. from Goodreads
It was fun see see Rebus take Edinburgh to London to track down a serial killer. He also let himself get into a bit of hot water with a beautiful woman who has insinuated her way into the case. I liked seeing Rebus form a friendship with one of the good guys and a real relationship with his distant daughter.
Strip Jack. Finished 9-13-19, 4.25/5 stars, mystery, 269 pages, pub. 1992
Inspector Rebus #4
When respected MP Gregor Jack is caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel and his flamboyant wife Elizabeth suddenly disappears, John Rebus smells a set-up. And when Elizabeth’s badly beaten body is found, Rebus is suddenly up against a killer who holds all the cards.. from Goodreads
This one has a lot of connected people and their relationships held the key to figuring out what was behind the raid of a brothel that caused a pristine politician to be caught up in the snare.