Knots And Crosses

by Ian Rankin

ORION PUBLISHING GROUP | September 18, 2008 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Knots And Crosses is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 4.
'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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Published: September 18, 2008

Publisher: ORION PUBLISHING GROUP

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 140910771X

ISBN - 13: 9781409107712

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Promising Start for the Rebus Series Knots & Crosses is the first book in the Rebus series, and it is a reworking of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. John Rebus, a complex and troubled man, is a detective sergeant who is investigating the kidnapping and murder of two eleven-year-old girls in Edinburgh. He is haunted by his past in the army, and his investigation suffers because of this. Jim Stephens, a journalist for the local paper, has uncovered a drug story that might involve Rebus, and he is determined to find out the truth. Both men have unconventional means to reach their ends. This enhances the suspense and makes the story more interesting. But there is also a third main character in this book: Edinburgh, a city with so many different layers. Knots & Crosses is a promising start for the Rebus series. I'd like to know more about the detective and about Edinburgh. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I expected more This introduction to the Inspector John Rebus series is lackluster at best. Even the confrontation at the end between Rebus and his foe was anti-climatic and over before it began. I found the writing to be at times confusing, and while I can credit some of that to the local Edinburgh jargon that author Ian Rankin used, some of the head scratching began when he seemed to jump quickly from one subject/character/place/time/event to another in a sentence or two. For example, while he "was enjoying" his brother's show he thought about how he "had told" his brother that he had to go home, then he "felt" refreshed and "could hear" himself accepting a drink from a woman while another guy "watched" the two leave the theatre. The timing, place, and surroundings change very quickly and I got bogged down in whether or not Rebus was imagining things, remembering things or actually experiencing things
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rebus... A quick read mystery. I'm probably coming to read the Rankin series of Rebus later than most...not sure yet if i'll continue. But would make for good filler books in between the more indepth ones. I liked Rebus, liked the mystery...wrapped up nicely.
Date published: 2009-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful writer An excellent read! Ian Rankins first Rebus book is a pure pleasure to read. While the other books are far more brilliant in the writing, this is still a wonderful book to read. After reading many books with less than average writing that make you wonder what is happening to the English language - this makes the reader scream Hurrah! finally, a writer that can master his own language and how to unwind a story The reader is kept reading until the very last chapter, and the very last page.
Date published: 2006-02-26

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Knots And Crosses

by Ian Rankin

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 18, 2008

Publisher: ORION PUBLISHING GROUP

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 140910771X

ISBN - 13: 9781409107712

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'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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