Knots and Crosses

Knots and Crosses

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By (author) Ian Rankin

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 218mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752886223
  • ISBN 13: 9780752886220
  • Edition statement: Collectors ed
  • Sales rank: 477,225

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'It was 28th April. Wet, naturally, the grass percolating water as John Rebus walked to the grave of his father, dead five years to the day.' This is our first glimpse of the Scottish policeman with the puzzling name...before Ian Rankin hit the bestseller lists, before Rebus became a national institution...A story of the brutal abduction and murder of young girls, at first it seems that Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is just one of many policemen hunting the killer. Then messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve. So begins the case that introduced the crime world to one of its most compelling characters. Whether you're turning the pages for the first time, or reliving the mystery, KNOTS AND CROSSES is unmissable reading.

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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.

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THE SCOTSMAN interviewed Ian in Orkney about the special Highland Park Rebus20 Whisky. This ran as a double page interview with Susan Mansfield on 23 November. In the same issue they ran a news story about the future of Rebus The announcement of the special Rebus20 whisky was coveraged in DAILY EXPRESS (23 Nov). THE SCOTSMAN ran a double page interview feature on Saturday 27 January to cover the announcement of the special Rebus20 ale from the Caledonian Brewery. WHISKY MAGAZINE ran a competition to win a bottle of Rebus20 and a signed copy of limited Collectors Edition of Knots and Crosses THE PUBLICAN ran a feature on the beer and whisky in the 27 March issue THE INDEPENDENT ran a news piece about the 20th anniversary mentioning the collector's edition and the beer and whisky Ian wrote a piece 'Why I Love Pubs' for THE PUBLICAN magazine 18 Jan MYSTERY SCENE (spring 07) ran cover story and 3-page feature on 20th anniversary. INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY ran a feature on 20th anniversary and Edinburgh for travel pages. This will be cover story on 25 March. SCOTTISH FIELD (1 May) ran feature on Ian choosing Highland Park for Rebus20 THE SCOTSMAN have run a week long charity auction from Saturday 17 March to raise money for Ian's favourite charity, Edinburgh-based SNIPS. This offers an array of prizes which readers can bid for on-line on Friday 23 March. The week was launched with an interview with Ian in the paper plus a feature on the Top 10 books that inspired his writing. There was also a free Highland Park miniature given away to all readers and full page adverts for the charity auction. The special Rebus 20 week culminates with a special free Ian Rankin short story book (also trailed with full page ad in Sat 17 March edition) given away with the Saturday 24 March edition. The week-long campaign has been supported by TV advertising by THE SCOTSMAN and has been heavily trailed in previous editions. TIMES ONLINE have recorded a podcast with Ian in Edinburgh about 20th anniversary and Edinburgh. R5 SIMON MAYO interview 19 March BBC RADIO SCOTLAND Fred Macaulay interview 19 March R2 'STEVE WRIGHT' did plug and giveaway EDINBURGH EVE NEWS ran piece on 29 May about Writers Museum Exhibition