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Knots and Crosses (Inspector John Rebus Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Out of the Dark...

    I was bored. I was in Edinburgh for the day, following up on my own Scottish research interests, when shuffling along Princess Street, I found a bookshop with an interesting Ian Rankin display. The marketers would be proud. Their 'dark' book covers, enticed me into the store and to the crime section. I wanted something to read while passing the time in Edinburgh, waiting for my meeting as well as something to pass the time on the hour-long train ride back to Glasgow. After several years of visiting, I wanted to get to know the true Scotland. An old research tool, read 'the literature' generated from homegrown authors. I picked up Knots and Crosses, not realizing that this was the second in Rebus series. I found a nearby coffee shop and dived right in. I blanched at Rankin's descriptive powers. I kept looking up and about Princess Street, the Castle, and Scott Monument. Were these 'true-life' depictions of the city before me? I have lived in Washington, DC and I know about 'crime'. Edinburgh began to shed its' tourist skin. I was so engrossed that I almost missed my bus to my meeting. As the bus drove around Edinburgh, I began to view it through Rebus's eyes, his Edinburgh. Rankin molded the plot, the backdrop, wonderfully. My heart ached as I saw Rebus trying to exorcise his own demons, while untangling the puzzles, left virtually on his doorstep. I was a virtual 'fly on the wall', unobtrusive spirit, looking over Rebus shoulder, wondering where he would go and do next. I saw the 'grit, the dirt of Edinburgh.' Here was an author that didn't sugar coat fiction. I realized this was a series I needed to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Inspector Rebus is an enigma as a character. He seems gentle, r

    Inspector Rebus is an enigma as a character. He seems gentle, religious, and blasé. But as the book progresses, the reader learns that Rebus trained for Special Forces in the military, and passed with flying colors, then has a mental breakdown after the completion. Rebus seems to pro through life with a failed marriage and a so-so police career. A serial killer has murdered two young girls, and then abducts Rebus's daughter. The story quickly ends after the abduction. I do not find any redeemable quality in Rebus as the main character.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Superb narrative placed in historical Edinburgh.

    This is my second novel starring Inspector Rebus. Rankin makes Rebus colorful with a drive to reach solutions. Looking forward to the entire series.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    For the first half of the book, the plot is just ticking over qu

    For the first half of the book, the plot is just ticking over quietly. You are getting some important background information, character definition and atmosphere. But then, like an insanely expensive supercar, the plot leaps from zero to 120 mph in one page. It maintains that pace until the inevitable ending.

    I am perhaps being a little harsh in not giving this book four stars. But unlike Pat Conroy, who makes you care about his characters before he does evil things to them, I never developed an emotional attachment to John Rebus. He is certainly flawed and has a colorful past, but he just isn't that interesting. And Ian Rankin doesn't have the same skill with lyrical prose that James Lee Burke has. So, I enjoyed the book, but not moved by it.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    Excellent Mystery

    Loved the book. Will read the others but I find the "smoke filled" police station and bars disgusting. Puts a new twist on "graphic novel".

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Last to First

    Having read most of the Inspector Rebus novels except this one, it was nice to see where it all started. The first novel reads like many of the others, as the Rebus personality takes shape. Sad to note that he was such a lush from the beginning. If there is anything I didn't like about the Rebus books, it was all the boozing. Too much for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the Edinburgh setting, a postcard view that we see as tourists hiding all those blemishes. Rankin creates great characters, many of whom I'd love to have a cup of tea with. From start to finish, if Exit Music is the finish, Ian Rankin has created a series of which he can be proud. A toast to you, Sir.

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