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Knots and Crosses | [Ian Rankin]

Knots and Crosses

'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.
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Publisher's Summary

'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.

©2008 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Limited

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-02-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-02-11

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "not as dark as his reputation"

    I've stayed away form Rankin previously because of his reputation for dark tales. While this was certainly not cozy, neither was it gruesome. Interesting character, narrative and atmosphere - almost in a league with PD James. If the other Rebus audiobooks are this engrossing, I'll soon use up my remaining annual credits - and between Rankin and McCall Smith, I'm developing an obsession to visit Edinburgh.

    The narration was excellent, and looking ahead, I'm disappointed that Macpherson is not narrating the rest of the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terje Grimstad, Norway 08-26-12
    Terje Grimstad, Norway 08-26-12
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    "Good story well narrated"

    This is my first Ian Rankin book, and I enjoyed it enough to immediately buy his next one after I finished it. The story is original and interesting, and the narrator is excellent! He manages to tell the story with a fine Scottish accent that fits the setting of the story very well, and at the same time be clear enough to be easily understandable to me as a non-native English speaker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Don
    Curtin, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "An enjoyable read"

    This is my first Ian Rankin and Rebus novel and I really enjoyed it. It is a good punchy novel that moves along at a good pace while still doing a good job of developing and introducing characters.

    The reading was excellent and it was a joy to listen to the Scottish accent. I have read a lot of US and Australian crime novels and this was a pleasant change, I look forward to following on with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    6/24/14
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    "Alright, but guess they improve"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Knots and Crosses to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print


    Would you recommend Knots and Crosses to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe, depends what they are after. I was recommended the Rebus books, so am giving them a good go, but so far they fall flat.


    Which character – as performed by James Macpherson – was your favourite?

    Rebus of course.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AGoodFellow
    Sunny Ballymena
    3/11/14
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    "Simple storyline, low on surprises. Easy listening"
    Would you try another book written by Ian Rankin or narrated by James Macpherson?

    Yes. I've already bought 4 of these; hopefully the series will become more intriguing and Rebus less a bumbling drunkard. Hopeful...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Background details.


    What three words best describe James Macpherson’s performance?

    Not too convincing.


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    Pire sur SeicheFrance
    2/8/14
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    "not very convincing but an easy listen nonetheless"

    Many short cuts taken without too much concern for small inconsistencies. Quite a few clichés: the tough-as-nails journalist, the dour Scottish police detective, the beautiful female colleague who falls for him. Much of the emphasis is on the main character's demons, to the extent that the story line almost becomes incidental to the character's psychological portrait. A real feeling of being in Edinburgh. A perfect narrator with a very pleasant Scottish accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence Fossey
    4/13/13
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    "The first 4 covered !!!"

    Having seen an interview with Ian Rankin I decided I'd start from scratch and listen to the whole series. I really enjoyed this book and James Macpherson narrates this and the second book really well. The character is introduced really well and Edinburgh invocatively described. Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/13/13
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    "Good introduction to Rebus"

    With a character driven piece, the key to the Audio book is the narrator, and this one left me really looking forward to more. Very invocative of Edinburgh, and generally an involving and interesting read. Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "New to Rebus"

    I've heard a lot about this Rebus character but never read any of Rankins' books. This is a good introduction and really fleshes out the character and plot. Good interpretation by Macpherson and quality recording. Shall now download book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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