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

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As the story unfolds we learn that Rebus's brutal SAS training left him profoundly troubled, so that he drinks too much, has a failed marriage behind him, and has a somewhat distant relationship with his young teenage daughter Samantha. Michael Rebus - John's younger brother, rich from following his father's career in stage hypnotism, but with a few secrets to hide.

Legendarni škotski autor krimića čije su knjige doživele sjajne ekranizacije a njegov Rebus proslavio ga je širom sveta. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters.It was the life-force and the blood and balls of life: to cheat, to edge, to take that body-swerve at authority, to kill. I was incredibly impressed with Ian Rankin's writings, particularly given that he was only 25 years old when he wrote Knots and Crosses. The fact that Rebus solves brutal murders from the grittiest sides of Edinburgh, the dark heart of contemporary Britain which lurks behind the elegant and historic facade was said of Raymond multiple times.

Taking hints from seemingly cryptic anonymous letters, John connects the murders to his own military past. Being his first novel ever, there are some clunky bits and needless side stories but you can forgive those moments since it is so fun to read cop talk in a Scottish accent! It's all a bit much -- and presented much too fast, as in a one-hour television show -- but there's some talent at work here. I will admit to wanting to read this book in part because I heard the author on NPR about a year ago and he is Scottish and I have a big weakness for Scottish accents.Te da una idea general del personaje, de su traumática experiencia militar, y de su desordenada vida social. After sharing a quote from the novel, a friend from the UK responded it seemed I was identifying with John Rebus. An outstanding creation' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing.

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. 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. The story is a sensational (and too elaborate one): a serial killer is kidnapping and then killing young girls in Edinburgh. Surprise, surprise, I really liked it, and I was impressed with the way Ian Rankin used the obligatory detective's-family-in-peril cliche.The higher up you climbed into crime, the more subtly you began to move back towards legitimacy, until a handful of lawyers could crack open your system, and they were always affordable, always on hand to be bribed. 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.

Considering some of the reviewers' opinions of John Rebus, he's either loved, hated, or merely shrugged off. It lingered for days, splashing up from puddles by the roadside, breaking up marriages, chilling, killing, omnipresent. Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee Child A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. The character of Rebus is grim, ex-SAS with blocked memories which are eventually unlocked by his hypnotist brother Michael.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002. Best know for his Rebus series, they deliver hard-boiled crime with a distinct Scottish flavour - sometimes cheesily referred to as "Tartan Noir". The case is already under his skin, constantly on his mind, when he gets sudden word from the police - Rhona was attacked, and Samantha taken.

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