Knots & Crosses

Knots & Crosses

Book - 1987
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While investigating a series of gory killings of young, innocent girls, Edinburgh police detective John Rebus, a former member of Britain's elite SAS, discovers his own ties to the killer and is brought up against his own memories, which hold the key to unraveling the case. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Inspector John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle....

Knots and Crosses introduces gifted mystery novelist Ian Rankin, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today.



Publisher: New York: : St. Martin's, 1987
ISBN: 9780312536923
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Knots and crosses

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maipenrai
Oct 27, 2016

FIRST BOOK IN THE Inspector John Rebus SERIES

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kobeesdad
Apr 07, 2016

This should be a short story. More time spent on the hangups of this cop than on the crime, taking character development to a "filling the pages" bloating level. The author is no Jo Nesbo. Not sure if I want to read his series of books.

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clarencedavis
Dec 18, 2015

A nice introduction to the series and Inspector Rebus. I liked the character development as well. On to number two in the series for me.

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wyenotgo
Sep 11, 2015

A better than average crime thriller. Rankin could be thought of as a British equivalent of David Hosp. That is, his protagonist (in this case a police detective) is not an arms-length professional sleuth but is directly and very personally involved with the crime situation. And like Hosp, Rankin's characters are damaged, conflicted individuals, muddling along rather than the sort of clever, crafty, ingenious operatives created by such writers as Christie or Doyle. As such, Rankin's Inspector Rebus is quite a believable fellow and the series of crimes he is facing here are likewise realistic.
Despite all that, for me the book failed to build up to the level of emotional involvement that the situation ought to have reached in the later chapters, partly because Rankin didn't take the trouble to develop the character of his daughter Sammy or Rebus' relationship with her and partly due to Rankin's low-key style. All of which places it in the ranks of fairly routine 3-star crime novels; diversionary reading but ultimately pretty light fare.

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druby
Apr 05, 2013

This is the first Ian Rankin book I ever read. It was a very fast read. Interesting plot. Some of his "one-liners" were quite humorous. Made for a very enjoyable read. I liked the character John Rebus so much that I am currently reading second "Rebus" novel "Hide and Seek".

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dannnn
Feb 18, 2013

A differunt kind of crime story. More mystery but very will written and a page turner without violent descriptions. If all TV and most movies were like this we would have a nicer world.

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emerge
Jun 23, 2012

The must read start to the whole series, this novel gives you an introduction to Rebus & the history of how he ended up where he is.

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rahmmie
May 28, 2012

Entertaining read

JeremiahSutherland Feb 25, 2012

This was written in '87 and it was Rankin's first Rebus book.

I've come to this book having read almost all of the other Rebus material. I would say this is Rankin's weakest effort. Although maybe I'm just jaded after wading through all the others.

Frankly, stories featuring a perpetually depressed, alcoholic misanthrope can get kind of old.

baileybuglet Aug 26, 2011

rebus 1

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