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Summary

They call him the Wolfman - because he takes a bite out of his victims and because they found the first victim in the East End's lonely Wolf Street.

Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference, and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss. But in finding an ally, he may have given his enemies an easy means of attack.

©2011 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Kept me guessing to the end

I really enjoyed this, and the story took a left turn from where I thought this was going to go

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Macarb, scary exciting

Nothing else to say but brilliant. Well read as usual. Kept me awake wanting to know how it ended

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An early Rebus

Have always really enjoyed Ian Rankin's work over the years, but only just read this early one. You can see he hasn't quite honed his skills at this point. Lots of thin moments, but easily forgiven when we know how brilliant he soon became.

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Curate's egg

Not one of the best Rebus stories. Apart from sone questionable accents, the book is generally well narrated. The plot definitely drags in places though.

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Fantastic

Great reading of a great story. Rebus at his best. My favourite detective of all time.

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Who dunnit?

I loved it. Everyone was a suspect.... even to the end. Brilliant! The police, the judge, the villain and even the girl. The best kind of detective writing.

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Entertaining listen

I have just started listening to Ian Rankin books and to start with the first few Inspector Rebus books felt a bit simplistic, but the character has grown on me and I think that is in no small part due to James Macpherson’s performance.

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Gripping

Gripping story and excellently read. Very creepy voices which made it all the more exciting.

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The Bill meets The Silence of the Lambs ...

Tooth and Nail, the third Rebus title, was published with the title Wolfman the year after The Silence of the Lambs. There are some parallels between the two - the serial killer’s modus operandi is similar, and his tortured upbringing. There’s also a pretty psychologist researching serial killers (echoes of Clarice). It’s the first of the Rebus books where we get a sense of his maverick methods: in the previous title, Hide and Seek, Rebus was generally pretty respectful of his superiors. Here, he takes risks and upsets some of his bosses with corner-cutting that eventually gets results. He’s in London, drafted in to help track down a killer. His expertise is in demand after his role in bringing the serial killer villain of the first novel - Knots and Crosses - to justice. There are some dodgy London accents, and at times it feels a bit like The Bill. Stereotypes abound. It’s a lot simpler than later titles, and the premise is promising. Somehow it doesn’t quite work as well as you’d hoped, though it’s better paced and more absorbing than Hide and Seek, and it’s a good exploration of Rebus’s evolving character - the loner who doesn’t play by the rules. The climax is a bit contrived. The narrator’s voicing of the killer in the passages where he reveals details of his difficult childhood is somewhere between unnerving and comic - perhaps a bit overdone. That said, my attention rarely wavered. Rebus is out of context, in a strange city, trying to negotiate unfamiliar terrain. It’s a clever setup even if, ultimately, it falls short of expectations.

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Rankin at his best

A great combination Rebus read by Macpherson, just wish they did all the books in full instead of some abridged versions.

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  • Thomas
  • 26-12-12

Why change a good thing??

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to a friend, but with a warning...

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The book on the whole i s good, I'm a devout Rebus fan!

Would you be willing to try another one of Samuel Gillies’s performances?

Samuel Gillies is a fantastic narrator, but not for this book. I could listen to him till the cows dropped dead if he was reading Sherlock Holmes or the like, but for this book one needs a Scott, that is why I was very disappointed that the choice of narrator had changed for this book!

Do you think Tooth and Nail needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This point is moot as it has a follow up book and I' happy about that!

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  • Christine
  • 16-09-12

A disappointing listen

I've read and enjoyed the Rebus novels over the years, but strangely enough, I don't recall reading this one. If I had, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the audiobook because I found the story quite weak in comparison to the other novels. What particularly disappointed me was the reader - the selection of Samuel Gillies for this novel just struck an entirely wrong note with me, to the point that it spoiled what enjoyment I could have got from the book. Overall, a disappointment and not a book I'd recommend to others.

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  • connie
  • 04-10-11

Rankin doesn't age as well as Rendell or James

I finished the first three Rebus novels, but didn't enjoy them as much as early Inspector Wexford or Adam Dalgliesh listens. Neither the character nor the plot was elegant enough to endure past the changed times to become a period listen. While I'll listen to every Rendell or PD James available, I think I'll pick and choose over Rankin's older Rebus.

One small - but annoying - feature of this audiobook: Even though it's set in London, and most of the characters are English, I would have enjoyed a more Scottish Rebus, especially after the excellent performance of narrator Mcpherson in book 1. There is even a suggestion that the London detectives have trouble understanding Rebus' burr - but there's hardly an accent with which to miscommunicate?

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  • glenn
  • 22-09-13

Rebus sounding English

What disappointed you about Tooth and Nail?

I often got lost and did not know it was meant to be Rebus speaking some of the time

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Having Samuel Gillies narrate the book. I had first enjoyed Standing in another mans grave, with Tom Cotcher. Then went back to the start of the series and enjoyed James Macpherson. Rebus needs a good Scots accent.

Any additional comments?

What a fantastic combination of narrators if Samuel Gillies did the English characters, while James Mcpherson did Rebus. Worth thinking about.