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Knots and Crosses (Inspector John Rebus Series #1)
     

Knots and Crosses (Inspector John Rebus Series #1)

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by Ian Rankin
 

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ISBN-10: 0312536925

ISBN-13: 9780312536923

Pub. Date: 09/16/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312536923
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Series:
Inspector John Rebus Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
77,146
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Dedication,
Prologue,
Part One: "There are Clues Everywhere",
Part Two: "For Those Who Read Between the Times",
Part Three: Knot,
Part Four: The Cross,
Part Five: Knots & Crosses,
Epilogue,
Acknowledgements,
St. Martin's Paperbacks Titles by Ian Rankin,
Praise for Ian Rankin and Knots and Crosses,
Copyright,

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Knots and Crosses (Inspector John Rebus Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect balance of character and action. No lurid overkill like so many thrillers these days. Solid, honest, engaging. Well worth reading. Classic, timeless.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
elizabeth39 More than 1 year ago
This is my second novel starring Inspector Rebus. Rankin makes Rebus colorful with a drive to reach solutions. Looking forward to the entire series.
Roger_Knight More than 1 year ago
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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Onthefly More than 1 year ago
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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