Knots And Crosses: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

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Knots And Crosses: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

Knots And Crosses: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

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The series gets even better in later books, with Rebus becoming more fully realized as a character and the mysteries themselves becoming more sophisticated and complex. He had intentionally pushed away the horror of what happened in the cells of the SAS, but he must bring back to the surface what he has tried to bury through religion, drink and the job. However, I felt it more a matter of staring at myself in the mirror reading through this debut of a rather complex character. Surprise, surprise, I really liked it, and I was impressed with the way Ian Rankin used the obligatory detective's-family-in-peril cliche.

This first offering is much darker and at times the prose is lyrical to the extent it feels like reading poetry. I was incredibly impressed with Ian Rankin's writings, particularly given that he was only 25 years old when he wrote Knots and Crosses. I loved Rebus's characterization almost in its entirety, but for once a well-rounded main character wasn't exactly strong enough to hold up the whole novel, for me.In the introduction to this novel, Rankin states that Rebus lives directly opposite the window in Marchmont that he looked out of while writing the book. The accompanying notes suggests that the Rebus character was slow to take off and struggling author Rankin thought of killing him off. It was very frustrating to learn the identity of the serial killer when you realize Rebus should have figured it out much sooner and been able to save more victims - if not for his pesky PTSD. Michael often appears on stage and TV as a famous hypnotist, but he also seems to have a sideline of selling drugs. Surprisingly, there is no evidence that the girls were sexually molested or assaulted; they are simply (if somewhat gruesomely) killed.

Much of the story follows the familiar path the reader expects, though this early in the series everything is a touch ragged. So are you thinking to dive into Knots and Crosses and find just the umpteenth copy-and-paste thriller novel? It also starts off overly slowly but starts zipping along once Rebus gets into the thick of the investigation. Though not as polished as the later books in the series, it is still immensely readable, and gives us a great background to Rebus, and an insight into his personality. There's a backstory that's worked in to the investigation in a clever way but it wasn't interesting or new in itself and the denouement was weak.A captivating and at times consuming tale; there's a serial killer of young girls; and Rebus' brother appears to be involved in drugs, and Rebus himself without a clue about either matter. Obviously, the two must have cooked up a system of underground mutual support and coverup of their drug trade. Detective John Rebus was trying to catch the killer of young girls – he would abduct them and not long after, the body of the girl would be found, brutally murdered, but never sexually assaulted. Fifteen years, and all he had to show were an amount of self-pity and a busted marriage with an innocent daughter hanging between them.



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