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By Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus: His urban is being terrorized through a baffling sequence of murders...and he is tied to a maniac by way of an invisible knot of blood. as soon as John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he is an Edinburgh cop who hides from his stories, misses promotions and ignores a chain of crank letters. yet because the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus can't cease the feverish shrieks from inside of his personal brain. simply because he's not only one cop attempting to trap a killer, he is the guy who is obtained every thing to the puzzle....

Knots and Crosses introduces talented secret novelist Ian Rankin, a desirable locale and the main compellingly complicated detective hero at paintings today.

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That’s been confirmed. I examine it in undefined. ’ ‘Aye, yet we know the magazines you learn, Jack. ’ Morton chuckled, gave one other super cough, and hunted for his handkerchief. ‘What a bloody job,’ acknowledged Rebus, selecting up the 1st of the documents. the 2 males sat in silence for twenty mins, flicking throughout the evidence and fantasies of rapists, exhibitionists, pederasts, paedophiles, and procurers. Rebus felt his mouth filling with silt. It used to be as though he observed himself there, time after time after time, the self that lurked at the back of his daily realization. His Mister Hyde by means of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh-born. He felt ashamed of his occasional erection: no doubt Jack Morton had one too. It got here with the territory, as did the revulsion, the loathing and the fascination. round them, the station whirled within the enterprise of the evening. males in shirtsleeves walked purposefully previous their open door, the door in their assigned workplace, bring to a halt from all people else in order that nobody will be infected through their suggestions. Rebus paused for a second to mirror that his personal workplace again in nice London street used to be wanting a lot of this apparatus: the trendy table (unwobbly, with drawers that may be opened easily), the filing-cabinets (ditto), the drinks-dispenser simply outdoor. there have been carpets even, instead of his personal liver-red linoleum with its curled, risky edges. It was once a really palatable surroundings this within which to trace down the peculiar pervert or killer. ‘What precisely are we searching for, Jack? ’ Morton snorted, threw down a narrow brown dossier, checked out Rebus, shrugged his shoulders, and lit a cigarette. ‘Garbage,’ he acknowledged, deciding on up one other folder, and even if it used to be intended as a solution Rebus used to be by no means to grasp. ‘Detective Sergeant Rebus? ’ a tender constable, zits on his throat, cleanly-shaven, stood on the open door. ‘Yes. ’ ‘Message from the executive, sir. ’ He passed Rebus a folded piece of blue notepaper. ‘Good information? ’ requested Morton. ‘Oh, the easiest information, Jack, the superior information. Our boss sends us the subsequent fraternal message: “Any leads from the records? ” finish of message. ’ ‘Will there be any answer, sir? ’ requested the constable. Rebus crumpled the observe and tossed it right into a new aluminium bin. ‘Yes, son, there'll be,’ he acknowledged, ‘but I a great deal doubt even if you’d are looking to bring it. ’ Jack Morton, wiping ash from his tie, laughed. It used to be a type of nights. Jim Stevens, strolling domestic in the end, had now not discovered whatever fascinating because his dialog with Mac Campbell all of 4 hours in the past. He had informed Mac then that he was once no longer approximately to drop his personal research into Edinburgh’s burgeoning medications racket, and that have been the complete fact. It was once turning into a personal obsession, and notwithstanding his boss may well flow him directly to a homicide case, nonetheless he may keep on with up his outdated research in his unfastened, spare and personal time, time stumbled on past due at evening whilst the presses have been rolling, time spent in reduce and decrease dives more and more out of city. For he used to be shut, he knew, to a massive fish, and but no longer shut adequate on the way to enlist the aid of the forces of legislation and order.

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