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
I would recommend it to a friend, but with a warning...
The book on the whole i s good, I'm a devout Rebus fan!
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!
This point is moot as it has a follow up book and I' happy about that!
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.
Narrative makes the world go round.
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?
I often got lost and did not know it was meant to be Rebus speaking some of the time
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.
What a fantastic combination of narrators if Samuel Gillies did the English characters, while James Mcpherson did Rebus. Worth thinking about.
"Excellent and recommended"
Ian Rankin tells a fine tale. The characterisation and plot are excellent, as are his narration. The narrator does a fabulous job and in my opinion suits the novel extremely well, bringing a Scottish accent to a Scottish detective story. I love these books. I would recommend them to anyone.
Not the best Rebus novel, but gripping none the less, and really well narrated. Would recommend.
"A true Scot in the Yard"
Rebus suffers and then rebels, against the feudal bureaucracy. He is my trusted companion on every flight and car journey.
Plots and sub plots keep one guessing, but the Old fella, succeeds once again, not at every avenue and some of the blind alleys build the plot and the tension even more. This lose canon has fun and is not to be tied down, unless for his own pleasure !
His accent grows
A Scotsman loose in London.
"Not one of his best"
I find that Rebus is less than likeable thank he needs be, the story is quite gripping and I mostly enjoyed it. I do find his arrogance irritating.
I wasn't particularly thrilled by the narrator.
"Great novel spoilt by the wrong narrator"
I love Ian Rankin's ' Rebus' novels and this one is a, five star, great story however, for me, the over dramatic narration and accents used spoilt this Audible offering.
Had someone like Bill Dick narrated the story I am sure that I would be scoring it as a 5 star.
"The first 4 covered !!!"
Having seen an interview with Ian Rankin I decided I'd start from scratch and listen to the whole series. While enjoying this book it is not as well narrated by Samuel Gillies as the first 2 done by James Macpherson narrates the first 2 however the story is good with Rebus being posted to London and out of his familiar territory on London.
Overall it's OK. (would probably got 5 if James has narrated)
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