Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 15th 1995
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Also by this author: Saints of the Shadow Bible, Even Dogs in the Wild, Rather Be the Devil
Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But 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...
Knots and Crosses introduces a gifted mystery novelist, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today.
The girl screamed once, only the once.
What I thought of this book
So there is like twenty books in this series and I seen a review a few months ago on one of the books and I am one of those that has to start at the beginning or it really drives me crazy, so here I am at book one.
Detective Sergeant Rebus is a strange sort of character and to me not extremely likable. I think this is so he will grow as a character into someone I will like more as the series goes along. He went through some traumatic stuff when he was in the SAS and it haunts him, especially because there are parts that he blocked out of him memory.
He starts getting these messages some with knots and some with crosses but he just thinks they are crank letters and doesn’t really give them much thought. He is put on the abduction cases turned murder cases and is not real liked by Chief Inspector Anderson. So he gets the grunt jobs, like going door to door asking questions or sifting through other cases to see if any match up to the current one.
He starts dating Gill Templer a press liaison for the police and she is also an inspector and above him so that is sort of not something that is suppose to happen. Others know about it but nobody is saying anything. She is the one who puts two and two together and the notes Rebus has been receiving along with the dates the girls have been taken. The killer is taunting him. He knows the killer but hasn’t a clue who it or does he but it’s locked away in his memory.
There is side story going on as well with Jim Steven a reporter who has been working on a drug deal that has him thinking Rebus is a bad cop. He also doesn’t like the fact that Rebus is dating Gill, as he kind of likes her.
So I thought this was a decent start to a series though I didn’t love it. I am curious to continue and see how things go with Rebus so I am already searching for the next one (found it on paperback swap. 🙂 ). I am guess that he gets a promotion at some turn because the series is called Inspector Rebus and he is not that yet. 🙂
If you like British Crime novels then you might give this one a go.