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Knots & Crosses

by Ian Rankin

Part of the A Rebus Novel Series

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Knots & Crosses

Rankin is one of the masters of crime fiction and Knots and Crosses is where it all began.  Here, we are introduced to John Rebus, SAS paratrooper turned Detective Sergeant.  When young girls start disappearing around Edinburgh he is called in to investigate, but the case becomes far more personal than he could ever have imagined as he is sent clues in form of knoted string and matchsticks. Brilliantly plotted and the backdrop of Edinburgh plays as big a part in the novel as any of the characters.  I read it in one sitting.  Highly recommended. 

The Rebus series:

1. Knots and Crosses

2. Hide and Seek

3. Tooth and Nail

4. Strip Jack

5. The Black Book

6. Mortal Causes

7. Let it Bleed

8. Black and Blue

9. The Hanging Garden

10. Dead Souls

11. Set in Darkness

12. The Falls

13. Resurrection Men

14. A Question of Blood

15. Fleshmarket Close

16. The Naming of the Dead

17. Exit Music

18. Standing in Aother Man's Grave

19. Saints of the Shadow Bible

20. Even Dogs in the Wild

21. Rather Be the Devil

22. In a House of Lies

Sarah Broadhurst

Knots & Crosses Synopsis

The 1st Inspector Rebus novel from Ian Rankin.

'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?'

'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.

And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

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Knots & Crosses Press Reviews

'The Rebus series has been uniformly first rate... His is a superbly drawn character; matched by  the edgy authenticity of the Scottish locale and dialogue' The Times

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ISBN: 9780752883533
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780752888705
Publication date: 01/03/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Audiobook On Cd

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752883533
Publication date: 7th August 2008
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.  His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's ...

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