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Knots and Crosses (Charnwood Library)
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Ian Rankin is a worldwide #1 bestselling writer and has won an Edgar Award, a Gold Dagger for fiction, a Diamond Dagger for career excellence, and the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First, there is DS Rebus himself. Rankin has spent a lot of effort into creating a very realistic and credible character. Rebus began in the army, as a paratrooper, if memory serves me correct. He opted for the SAS, an especially engaging challenge that almost did him in. He opted out of the military after this stint in the SAS and had some mental issues to address. He married around this time and the marriage produced one child, Samantha. Rebus really wasn’t a family man, he really wasn’t even a people person and like so many police marriages divorce ended it. Rebus just wasn’t into socializing and climbing the ladder. He was a loner of sorts, liked his drink, smoked too much and really wanted to be a lady’s man, and was the happiest when he was in the thrones of a female conquest. He wanted to be the best cop that he could be, yet even his boss thought him only average. He is a very dark and strange individual. And, either the reader likes Rebus, or feels sorry for him, or both. Rankin has done an excellent job of accomplishing this feat in my opinion.
The plot is highly developed at first without the reader even knowing it. Young girls are going missing and turning up dead. Clues are being delivered to Rebus, but he dismisses it as just another crank out there. Big mistake. Unfortunately, he does not realize this until it is too late. And then it is only with the help of a female friend. Then things really start to happen and the reader is wondering what is actually the root of these crimes. Rebus and the police force realizes that they must work quickly before more girls go missing.
This is where the reader encounters the only weak part of the novel, however Rankin’s story is strong enough to survive and keep on going. Until this point, plot and character are very highly developed. However, at this point, the perp more or less just falls from the sky so they know whom to pursue. Moreover, his character is not developed much at all. Nevertheless, this does not distract from the book that much. The chase is still quite interesting.
Knots and Crosses is almost a five-star book. I will definitely be reading more of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus series. I would have no problem recommending this book to anyone who reads thrillers. Rankin has written a very good first book.
After an eventful and stressful experience with the SAS Rebus is adjusting to life as a Detective Sergeant in the Edinburgh homicide squad. He is still suffering from post traumatic stress but he can't remember what was the real trigger. He drinks too much, smokes too much and still suffers nightmares. His marriage has collapsed, he only sees his teenage daughter occasionally and his love life is occasional.
Rebus is thrown into a major investigation of a serial killer of young girls where there are no real clues except that the killer will strike again. The only thing that can be done is to try and find a clue through diligent police work. Rebus is part of the team but doesn't realise that the case has a personal element - until almost too late.
There is a bit of a strange sub-plot featuring Rebus's brother John who has taken over his father's profession as a stage hypnotist, and a local crime journalist who thinks he knows more than he really does.
Ian Rankin has written 19 bestselling crime novels in the John Rebus series with another one (Even Dogs in the Wild) due to be published in November 2015. This series has come a long way since this book was first published nearly 30 years ago. At the time Rankin contemplated making it a standalone book - thank goodness he allowed the series to develop. It now has a such a cult following that the real settings used in later books in the series are now part of tourist "John Rebus" tours.
There is still some time before #20 in the series is published and I will try to find the time to read more of this great series before then. Unfortunately there are other talented writers of "Tartan Crime Noir", especially Stuart MacBride, who will compete for my attention.
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