Strip Jack (Inspector John Rebus Series #4)

Strip Jack (Inspector John Rebus Series #4)

by Ian Rankin


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Gregor Jack has it all: young, wealthy, and charming, he's 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. Enter Detective John Rebus: he smells a set-up. When Jack's flamboyant wife Elizabeth disappears, Rebus uncovers a full-house of orgies, drunken parties, an incestuous "Pack" of deceitful chums...and ultimately Elizabeth's badly beaten body. Now Rebus is on a new quest—to find a killer who holds all the cards.

Strip Jack is a stellar entry in Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series, which The New York Times calls "A superior series."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312545239
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Inspector John Rebus Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 128,402
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ian Rankin is the worldwide #1 bestselling writer of the Inspector Rebus mysteries, including Knots and Crosses, Hide and Seek, Let It Bleed, Black and Blue, Set in Darkness, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, The Falls and Exit Music. He has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to literature. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.


Edinburgh, London and France

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Cardenden, Scotland


Edinburgh University

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Strip Jack (Inspector John Rebus Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
love this humor in this fantastic series!
LARA335 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting mystery and police procedural. The press hound a Scottish MP when he is found in a brothel. His wife subsequently goes missing. Rebus investigates.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rebus is back in Edinburgh and is now struggling with, not the city's grimy underbelly, but rather its grimy "overbelly" when he tries to find out what happened to an MP's missing wife. It's a solid story and the characters are, as usual, very interesting, but since we're now dealing with affluent people whose crimes aren't committed because of a mix of desperation and societal influences, the stakes seem to be slightly lower than in the other Rebus-books. If you see this installment of the series more as a showing of inter-personal politics than a straight crime-story, it's a new angle that adds a little extra to the already three-dimensional world of the characters.
alluvia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this taut, character-rich, smart detective novel. In fact, reading this was so freakin' satisfying that I felt ticked about the time I've wasted recently on some new books that were marketed with a lot of vigor but left me wondering how they even got published. I was starting to think I was just not enjoying reading any more - a sad thought. But no, just sad excuses being published and promoted. How does that happen? I thought it was so competitive to get published. Oh well. I remember reading that Jean Paul Sartre read detective mysteries for pleasure. Sometimes I've thought, wow, that's sort of embarrassing, isn't it. But not today! Ian Rankin writes circles around these ridiculous authors I've tried lately. Life's too short, man. I need to trust my gut
pw0327 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I chanced upon Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series I took no chances and tucked into it with gusto. The first in the series, Knots and Crosses wasn't all that, in fact it wasn't a very stron mystery. But as I went through the series one by one, the experienced stopped being a slop and became more os a joy. This book has been very entertaining and has rewarded my faith in Rankin.The storyline and plot are structures in Rankin's novels. Not that they are bad but they are merely one of many reasons to read the book. His writing is gossipy, psychological, sometimes schizophrenic but always rewarding to the reader because it encompasses so much. This story had the best flowing narrative so far. The description of the crime scene investigation part of the story is detailed, horryfying, and fascinating, even though it is just a peripheral part of the story. The discourses on books and the literary world is also fascinating but also peripheral. This series embodies all that is great with a multifaceted explorarion of crime and crime solving with hte grit and realism of a Dashiel Hammett novel.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some good stuff (the hospital for the criminally insane), but one too many twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great author.
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