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Knots and Crosses (1987)

por Ian Rankin

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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, Inspector 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.

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This built up the tension really well. After a bit slow start, I was hooked & couldn't put it down. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
(1987) Very good. Scottish detective John Rebus is introduced as he is trying to solve a string of young girls being murdered. Turns out that an old friend from his days in SAS training is trying to get revenge for Rebus abandoning him in an intense training exercise that destroyed the man's life. Rebus will pay by losing his daughter as the final victim, but Rebus finds him in a library and kills him. His daughter was saved in the man's apartment. Will continue this series.KIRKUS REVIEWA compelling first novel sent in Edinburgh, where a series of killings of young girls has the city in a panic. Ex-army police detective John Rebus is in the thick of the investigation. Scarred by his elite-corps army training, a nervous breakdown and a divorce, father of teen-age Samantha, Rebus is a dogged but not too sharp investigator. The anonymous letters he starts to receive after the first murder are shrugged off as the work of a crank; he never questions the affluence of his rarely seen hypnotist brother Michael; and he never figures out the one factor common to all the victims. In the meantime, his girlfriend Gill Templet, a press liason policewoman, and hard-bitten, hard-drinking reporter Jim Stevens are smarter. It slowly becomes clear that the killer's focus is Rebus himself, who must finally confront an implacable enemy and hie own long-repressed traumatic memories. Solidly drawn characters, keen psychological insights and an intriguing, well-knit plot--along with a rather florid but individual writing style--make Rankin a newcomer to watch.Pub Date:Sept. 1st, 1987ISBN:0312536925Page count:276ppPublisher:DoubledayReview Posted Online:April 9th, 2012Kirkus Reviews Issue:Aug. 15th, 1987
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Extremt bra bok. Miljöer och karaktärer i världsklass. Storyn är kanske lite svag och det enda som hindrar högsta betyg. ( )
  Mikael.Linder | Aug 13, 2023 |
I think maybe starting at the beginning was not a great move with this series. Rankin very much feels like he's finding his feet. The story rolls along at a good clip, but it's a bit disjointed and hard to see what it's all actually about. ( )
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
I have been told by several people that book 1 isn't great and that they get a lot better. Well, book 1 is awful. It is badly written and full of stereotypes. Rebus himself is one dimensional and utterly unlikeable. He is a sexist, heavy smoking and heavy drinking police man like so many crime characters before him. I just cant see how Rankin can recover in my eyes after this mess of a book. I will read a few more and see. ( )
  pigeonjim | Jul 26, 2023 |
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Note from Kirkus' Vintage Review Editor:
In 1987 author Ian Rankin introduced Edinburgh, Scotland police detective John Rebus in his first novel, Knots and Crosses. Kirkus awarded the novel a starred review and encouraged our readers to carefully watch this newcomer. For the following 20 years, Rankin treated his loyal readers to a Rebus mystery every year or two until he retired him in 2006 in the excellent novel, Exit Music. As Rankin is bringing Rebus back in his new novel Standing in Another Man’s Grave, we remind you what we thought about Rankin’s first go-round with Rebus. — January 21, 2013

A compelling first novel sent in Edinburgh, where a series of killings of young girls has the city in a panic. Ex-army police detective John Rebus is in the thick of the investigation. Scarred by his elite-corps army training, a nervous breakdown and a divorce, father of teen-age Samantha, Rebus is a dogged but not too sharp investigator. The anonymous letters he starts to receive after the first murder are shrugged off as the work of a crank; he never questions the affluence of his rarely seen hypnotist brother Michael; and he never figures out the one factor common to all the victims. In the meantime, his girlfriend Gill Templet, a press liason policewoman, and hard-bitten, hard-drinking reporter Jim Stevens are smarter. It slowly becomes clear that the killer's focus is Rebus himself, who must finally confront an implacable enemy and hie own long-repressed traumatic memories. Solidly drawn characters, keen psychological insights and an intriguing, well-knit plot--along with a rather florid but individual writing style--make Rankin a newcomer to watch.
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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, Inspector 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.

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