Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus #1)
Independent 'Tough and authentic-sounding thriller... unlikely to be endorsed by the Scottish Tourist Board, but highly recommended to anyone weary of the tartan'
Literary Review Once John Rebus was a Para, served in the elite SAS. Now he'...more
Lately, though, I've felt Rankin's pull, especially since Henning Mankell's Wallander books reignited my interest in crime fiction. I have a thing for those damaged, brooding, middle aged, drink-too-much detectives, whose world view is so beaten and jaded by what they've se...more
As the debut of Ian Rankin's Rebus this is a fine book filled with promise.
Rebus is a drunk divorcee formerly of the SAS and now a DS in the Edinburgh police force. There's somebody abducting and killing children and there's no pattern that anyone can see. So far, so cliche. Where Rankin differs from all those other generic modern police procedurals that are oh so popular with the masses is that he doesn't seem...more
Having finally read the book, I have to say, it was a great read. I realized about a third of the way through that it has been a long time since I've read both an apt and original metaphor and this was chock full of them. Being his first n...more
Either I read this before or the suspense builds with our g...more
This is the first in the Inspector Rebus series and probably the best place to start with the John Rebus character. He's the textbook flawed character: demon-haunted, drinks too much, divorced, the works. A killer is lurking the streets of Edin...more
When an innocent man suddenly dies, God laughs.Knots and Crosses is about a serial killer who kills 12-year-old gir...more
God gave the world to the wicked.
He made all the judges blind.
And if God didn't do it, who did?
The story involves Rebus, along with most of the available staff, placed on special assignment to investigate the abduction and strangling of young girls in Edinburgh. Rebus is recently divorced, misses his own young daughter and is still recovering from a top-secret training exercise from...more
This is the first novel in the long and well known (to those into detective fiction that is) Rebus series. Actually touted on the cover as “Rankin and Rebus” so people like myself will know what to look for on the bookstore shelf. Go...more
This is the first Rebus mystery, published way back in 1987 and winner of the Golden Dagger Award. It's a very good first novel, w...more
However found it a little disappointing - straightforward plot [that sounds ridiculous perhaps - because it is requisitely twisty - but in a way that if you've read more than on...more
I read the first 36% and then the last two chapters. This was the author’s first book. He used the word “had” so often I was cringing. It kept taking me out of the story. It’s cluttered writing. The main character is police detective John Rebus. There are 16 or more books in the series. This book is about a serial killer who kidnaps and strangles young girls. The genre appears to be crime mystery.
As John walks home at...more
I had the good fortune to interview Rankin in person years ago for "Mystery Scene" magazine, and he is every bit as complicated as his protagonist. Both are hard-drinking, chain smoking guys with a tough, cynical eye of the world, although Rankin...more
In this installment of the series, Rebus is assigned to work on a case in which two young girls have been abducted and afterwards killed...more
Gill Templar makes an appearance here, it gives some background into the history between Rebus and her. She shows up in several books in the series, as one of Rebus' superiors who will grudgingly give him more rope to hang himself with. His b...more
This is first book of John Rebus series by Ian Rankin and to be honest I was not very impressed. The book seemed too rushed, mystery easy to solve and I did not find Rebus a very likeable character. But knowing that the series has garnered good reviews, I persisted and it has paid off well. I have finished 5 books and reading 6th now which is a record in itself. Normally by 3rd book of a series, I want ‘change of scene’ before going back to the series. But...more
John Rebus is a perfectly flawed character, with enough humility and likeability to endear his miserable, pessimistic outlook to the audience. Indeed, the limited omnipotence of the narration – framed within Rebus’s mind almost always – adds a layer of intensity and depth to the character who is well developed an...more
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a...more