Knots and Crosses

Knots and Crosses


By (author) Ian Rankin

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  • Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 24mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 12 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752809423
  • ISBN 13: 9780752809427
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Black and White 30
  • Sales rank: 224,333

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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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Author information

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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for 'Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh. A contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review', he also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Editorial reviews

As murders go on happening right under his nose, Rebus can no longer ignore the presence of a serial killer stalking the Edinburgh streets. He isn't the only detective working the case, but he is the only man with all pieces to the puzzle. (Kirkus UK)