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    Description'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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    Title
    Knots and Crosses
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Rankin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 112 mm
    Height: 174 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780752809427
    ISBN 10: 0752809423
    Classifications

    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000, FIC022000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FF
    BIC E4L: CRM
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Black and White 30
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion mass market paperback
    Publication date
    12 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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.
    Review text
    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. (Kirkus Reviews)