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Author: Ian Rankin
ISBN13: 978-0786224746
Title: Strip Jack: An Inspector Rebus Novel
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Category: Mystery
Publisher: Thorndike Pr (October 2000)
Pages: 411

Strip Jack: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin

In Ian Rankin’s Strip Jack, the fourth novel in his long-running murder mystery series, the newly promoted Edinburgh police Inspector John Rebus is decidedly unenthusiastic about the latest assignment from his sanctimonious boss, Chief Superintendent Farmer Watson.

Strip Jack is a stellar entry in Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series, which The New York Times calls "A superior series. It's been years since I've read an Inspector Rebus book. Having read the first 3 books in the series, I just couldn't locate my copy of the 4th book, Strip Jack. I own far too many books (4000 ). Well. Пользовательский отзыв - gmmartz - LibraryThing. I've enjoyed Ian Rankin's Rebus series immensely.

Detective John Rebus first appeared in Ian Rankin's 1987 bestseller Knots and Crosses and has since gone on to appear in 17 books and numerous short stories, delighting readers and setting a benchmark in contemporary crime fiction. These notoriously gritty stories have been adapted into a television series-the public cannot get enough of this hard-drinking, no-nonsense, complex detective. Although the fictional Inspector retired to the backwaters of Edinburgh's dark side in the 2007 novel Exit Music, the books endure

Ian Rankin Strip Jack An Inspector Rebus Novel. To the only Jack I've ever stripped. He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. A receipt-book was headed Crofter Guest House. As far as Rebus could tell, the cost of a single room was seventy-five pounds. Inspector Rebus,' said Rebus. I'm interested in some stolen books. I was wondering if anyone had been in trying to sell them.

Inspector Rebus is a tenacious and independent thinker. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I have a lot of good reading ahead as this book is really an early book in the series. In Ian Rankin’s Strip Jack, the fourth novel in his long-running murder mystery series, the newly promoted Edinburgh police Inspector John Rebus is decidedly unenthusiastic about the latest assignment from his sanctimonious boss, Chief Superintendent Farmer Watson.

The Inspector Rebus books are a series of detective novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin. The novels, centred on Detective Inspector John Rebus, are mostly based in and around Edinburgh. The books are written in third person limited omniscient mode, focusing on Rebus, with the point of view sometimes shifting to colleagues, petty criminals or suspects. The stories belong to the genre of police procedural detective fiction, with a hardboiled aspect that has led to them being dubbed 'Tartan Noir'.

Detective Inspector John Rebus was created by the Scottish writer Ian Rankin. He is a cop, working from the St Leonard’s Police Station in Edinburgh. Obviously, He is the main protagonist of a long series of crime mystery books since the end of the ’80s. Strip Jack – Gregor Jack is a highly respected member of Parliament, with a beautiful wife – and a closet bursting with skeletons. When he’s caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel, his house of cards begins to topple. John Rebus smells a set-up. When Jack’s wife Elizabeth disappears, Rebus uncovers a full-house of orgies, drunken parties, an incestuous ‘Pack’ of deceitful chum. nd ultimately Elizabeth’s badly beaten body. The Black Book – Five years ago, a mysterious fire burned Edinburgh’s seed Central Hotel to ashes.

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When Gregor Jack, a Scottish MP, is caught during a raid on a brothel, and then his socialite wife mysteriously disappers, Inspector Rebus steps in to investigate.
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In Ian Rankin’s Strip Jack, the fourth novel in his long-running murder mystery series, the newly promoted Edinburgh police Inspector John Rebus is decidedly unenthusiastic about the latest assignment from his sanctimonious boss, Chief Superintendent “Farmer” Watson. Rebus is ordered to join a large task force assembled for a midnight raid on a high-end brothel, where he dreads the idea of unmasking members of the city’s elite. However, once the police have stormed the house, he is surprised to find Gregor Jack MP sitting on a bed with an unclothed young woman. Jack has a reputation as both a man of integrity and a diligent representative of his constituency’s interests in London. “Most MPs, Rebus wouldn’t have given the time of day. But Gregor Jack was . . . well, he was Gregor Jack . . . ‘Mild’ was an adjective often used about Jack. So were ‘honest,’ ‘legal’ and ‘decent.'” Though fully clothed himself in the brothel, Jack’s carefully cultivated image is in tatters after he is marched in front of the cameras on his way to the police van that will take him into the station for questioning.

For Rebus, there are three questions to be answered: who informed the Chief Superintendent about the existence of the brothel, why was the MP found there, and who tipped off the press? These three questions turn out to be the key to unraveling a complex mystery surrounding two presumably linked murders that bedevil the police and entertain the press for weeks on end. Another, much less urgent case—the theft of several rare first editions from the home of a divinity professor at the University of Edinburgh—also proves to be crucial to identifying the murderer.

In the course of the investigation, Rebus and his colleagues are forced to navigate through the byzantine relationships among the friends surrounding Jack and his wife, Elizabeth, who is one of the murder victims. Rebus is convinced that one of these family friends is Elizabeth’s murderer, but a homeless and seemingly deranged man has confessed to both murders—and then fled. The Chief Superintendent and the Chief Inspector who is Rebus’ immediate superior are focused on tracking down the man and imprisoning him for both crimes. They’re under pressure from the police, and from Elizabeth’s influential father, to close the case quickly. Rebus is convinced that the man’s confession is full of holes. But he must work around his bosses to follow his instinct on a parallel investigation.

Strip Jack was published in 1992 and reflects police procedures and the technology available at that time. For example, a telephone booth figures in the mystery in a major way.

In the John Rebus mysteries, Ian Rankin makes generous use of words known only to Scots. For instance, “Both men had zippered their jackets against the snell wind and the occasional smirr.” Because Rankin is himself Scottish and has lived in Edinburgh for most of his life, I don’t hold this against him. Certainly, it’s easier to excuse than the pretentious practice of some English-language writers to sprinkle words and phrases in French or Italian throughout their books.

The title of this novel comes from a card game called “Strip Jack Naked” that is also sometimes known (in Scotland, presumably) as “Beggar Thy Neighbour.”
Recently discovered this author and the Inspector Rebus character. I've been reading the series in order. I've enjoyed this book the best so far. Inspector Rebus' character has developed nicely and Rankin seems to have found his stride in the storytelling. There is still good descriptive detail, but it helped me visualize the action, rather than feeling like random story digressions as it did in the two earliest novels. The story gets underway immediately and takes a while to get through the chase, finally becoming a page turner toward the ending. I'd recommend it.
This is a rattling good yarn, very original in the plotting. Ian Rankin writes about a gifted detective who is all too human and at times bumbles. He has the usual tensions with higher ups. His girl friend, a doctor, is not as well drawn as the men but that doesn't slow the pace or the readability of this fine thriller. If you like Scotland and Edinburgh in particular, that's a bonus.
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So glad I found this author. As they say, it is never too late---to enjoy a well written novel. Rebus is very human, and easy to identify with. I enjoyed this novels on several levels---good plot, fast moving; everything right on target.
Read this one on a cruise. Very good plotting. Rebus is an interesting character...a determined man with interesting flaws. I like the development of the relationship with Holmes. Looking forward to the 5th book!
I read Rankin for two major - and delightful - reasons: his evocation of Scotland (makes you want to drop in and visit all the places he mentions) and his truly Dickensian cast - and style - of characters, many of whom are far more interesting than the purported "mysteries" (which can be good, too.) "Strip Jack" has those two, in spades . . . but the story itself is clunky and fights hard to push back on the willing suspension of disbelief. Still, better than most of its competition. On to trhe next (I'm reading 'em in order . . .) rhb
Somehow this Inspector Rebus mystery doesn't quite measure up to others in the series for me. Rankin takes the usually strong features of his novels--story line, quirky characters and interesting backdrops--either too far or not far enough in development. The storyline is overly meandering and the conclusion not particularly convincing. Rankin has made his protagonist, Rebus, more intrusive and obnoxious than curious and perservering. This is a moment in Rebus' career that I wouldn't have minded missing.

Having said all that, I will continue to be a Rankin fan, particularly of his more recent novels.
I can't give this book 5 stars as I would reserve such plaudits for eg John Keats' La Belle Dame or Shakespeare's MacBeth or Chaucer's Clerke of Oxonford.

Having said that, Rankin is a master of his genre and I have read this and all his Rebus novels several times and, if you like police/detective dramas, you couldn't get better than this. His character is up there with Inspectors Morse and Frost and with Holmes and Shardlake.

One caveat: I think that Rankin should have stopped at 'Exit Music' [just as Conan Doyle should have stopped at the Reichenbach Falls]. After that, his novels [2] fall far short of his excellent standards.