Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Meera Menon

TThings aren’t go­ing well for the army re­turn, De­tec­tive Sergeant John Re­bus when we first meet him. He’s smok­ing and drink­ing too much, try­ing to soak in the facts of his bro­ken marriage with Ro­hana, who has taken their daugh­ter Sa­man­tha along. The story un­wraps with the scene of a small kid be­ing stran­gled. Yes, Ed­in­burgh has a serial killer on the loose, kid­nap­ping and killing young kids. And you guessed it right! Re­bus, along with Gill Tem­pler and many oth­ers, is posted to in­ves­ti­gate. Just like his name, an enig­matic puz­zle, Re­bus has been por­trayed as a trou­bled man, “a flawed hut hu­mane de­tec­tive”. Some­thing haunts Re­bus, re­cur­ring vi­sions and dreams. But no clue to this pe­cu­liar be­hav­iour is re­viled un­til the end. Apart from this, the in­spec­tor has also been re­ceiv­ing ran­dom notes, with knots or crosses along. Is this some kind of prank played by a weirdo? Or has it any­thing to do with the mur­derer? None­the­less, Re­bus chooses to ig­nore them. It takes a while un­til he re­al­izes that this series of mur­ders are in fact in­tensely per­sonal. What is the con­nec­tion be­tween the ab­ducted kids and Re­bus? Is Michael, his blood-brother in­volved? Who is “his” next tar­get? Hold on to knots and crosses till the end to get this ‘enig­matic puz­zle’ ex­plained!

About the Book: Pub­lished in 1987, the crime thriller Knots and Crosses was Ian Rankin’s key to In­spec­tor Re­bus series.

The story is spun around John Re­bus, a de­tec­tive sergeant who is in­tro­duced as be­ing messed up and lonely. A post­grad­u­ate stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Ed­in­burgh, Rankin most cer­tainly has high­lighted a dif­fer­ent side to the pic­turesque city - a quick ex­plo­sion of fla­vors of crime and ac­tion.

About the Au­thor: Ian Rankin (Jack Har­vey) is a cel­e­brated Scot­tish crime nov­el­ist who is best known for his works of John Re­bus. He is one of the writ­ers who con­trib­ute huge pro­por­tions of crime nov­els sold in the UK. He has won co­pi­ous prizes, in­clud­ing the hon­ored Crime Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Di­a­mond Dag­ger. His works have been trans­lated to over 30 lan­guages.

by Meera Menon

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