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Knots & Crosses - Collectors' Edition by Ian Rankin

Knots & Crosses - Collectors' Edition

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A simplistic plot, the conclusion easily guessed but you need to start here to better know Detective Sergeant John Rebus. A spate of murders, anonymous letters and a blanked-out past which his brother helps him ‘reliveâ, form the core to the first in what will become a riveting series. Actually you could start with The Black Book but if you do then I urge you to backtrack at some point to complete the canvas. Rankinâs publisher, Orion has decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rebus by republishing Knots and Crosses in a collectorsâ edition in hardcover at the original published price of £10.95. So for a bit of history, 20 years on why not take the plunge and spoil yourself with this beautiful gift hardback.

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Knots & Crosses - Collectors' Edition by Ian Rankin

The very first Rebus novel from Ian Rankin.

'It was 28th April. Wet, naturally, the grass percolating water as John Rebus walked to the grave of his father, dead five years to the day.'

This is our first glimpse of the Scottish policeman with the puzzling name... before Ian Rankin hit the bestseller lists, before Rebus became a national institution...

A story of the brutal abduction and murder of young girls, at first it seems that Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is just one of many policemen hunting the killer. Then messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

So begins the case that introduced the crime world to one of its most compelling characters.

Whether you're turning the pages for the first time, or reliving the mystery, KNOTS AND CROSSES is unmissable reading.


'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

About the Author

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 celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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21st March 2007


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