Knots and Crosses, Paperback Book

Knots and Crosses Paperback

Part of the A Rebus Novel series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The very first Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author.'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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752883533

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First Rebus book proves interesting having read a number of the later books. This book, originally planned as a one-off, follows conventional plot twists and thrills and includes a finale straight from the cinema. In between there is a lot of head stuff going on, which sometimes threatens to weight the book down, but overall it just manages to remain a largely absorbing read.

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Okay.... I am a fan. Didn't think I would be, what with the warnings received from my trusted LT buddies to forgo reading the first book in the <i>Inspector Rebus</i> series and pick up the series a couple of books in. The average overall rating for the book on the LT book page also didn't boost my confidence as I settled in and started reading but I was pleasantly surprised how much I prefer Rebus as a character to some of the leading characters in my recent police procedural/crime reads. Rebus comes across as .... well.... real. Damaged and with quite the shocking previous work experiences but REAL. Okay, so it took a little while for the story to get going, things are missing that would have given this one a nice cohesive story and have I mentioned that the plot was dead simple to figure out? Still, even with all of that going against it - and reading Rankin's somewhat cringing introduction to my copy where he half apologizes for this creation of his - I feel more of an affinity with Rebus than I do for Carl Moerck from Jussi Adler-Olsen's <i>Department Q</i> series or Anne Cameron from Karen Campbell's <i>Anna Cameron</i> series. As for the setting... I know Edinburgh pretty well - more so than I do Glasgow - and I like how Rankin has captured the region.Will I be reading more in the <i>Inspector Rebus</i> series? You bet I will!

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