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Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1 | [Ian Rankin]

Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1

Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…
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Publisher's Summary

Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

©2013 Ian Rankin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc

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    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-18-14
    Julia Austin, TX, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Admit that I didn't finish it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend listening to this book as narrated. The story might be Ok, it not a little slow.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Faster pace, more likable main character, better narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices of several characters sound like pirate voices. And when he tried to do the daughter's voice, it made me laugh it was so bad. The narration was too distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If I didn't have to drive anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I might try another by this author if a different person narrated it.

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    majkia Niceville, FL USA 11-26-13
    majkia Niceville, FL USA 11-26-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Not the greatest detective"

    I've got to say I was definitely not impressed. Firstly, I disliked Rebus intensely. He's a self-righteous judgmental ass. And definitely not all that bright. Does he improve later on?

    I also found the reason for the killings and kidnappings a stretch. And again judgmental.

    The constant reference to Rebus's religion annoyed me no end, since he'd immediately turn around and do something he'd then term sinful.

    I did love the descriptions of the city and the atmosphere was nicely noir.

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