Knots and Crosses: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novels)

By Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus: His urban is being terrorized by means of a baffling sequence of murders...and he is tied to a maniac by means 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 thoughts, 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 is not only one cop attempting to seize a killer, he is the guy who is obtained every part to the puzzle....

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

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They laughed at me, and that i couldn’t run, couldn’t flow. in order that they left me there and went away. ’ i presumed of the laughter as I were dragged clear of the helicopter. ‘Did something like that ever take place to you if you have been a child, Johnny? ’ ‘I don’t imagine so. ’ ‘Then why the hell did you meet up? ’ ‘To break out from domestic. I didn’t get in addition to my father, you spot. He hottest my child brother. I felt out within the chilly. ’ ‘I by no means had a brother. ’ ‘Neither did I, now not within the right feel. I had an adversary. ’ I’m going to carry him out don’t you dare This isn’t telling us whatever maintain going ‘What did your father do, Johnny? ’ ‘He was once a hypnotist. He used to make humans come on degree and do silly issues. ’ ‘You’re joking! ’ ‘It’s precise. My brother was once going to persist with in his footsteps, yet I wasn’t. So I received out. They weren’t precisely unhappy to determine me move. ’ Reeve chuckled. ‘If you set us right into a sale, you’d need to say “slightly dirty” at the price ticket, eh, Johnny? ’ I laughed at that, laughed longer and louder than useful, and we placed an arm around each other and stayed that approach, protecting hot. We slept part by means of aspect, pissed and defecated within the presence of the opposite, attempted to workout jointly, performed little brain video games jointly, and persisted jointly. Reeve had a bit of string with him, and could wind it and unwind it, making up the knots we have been taught in education. This led me to give an explanation for the which means of a Gordian knot to him. He waved a miniature reef knot at me. ‘Gordian knot, reef knot. Gordian reef. It sounds similar to my identify, doesn’t it? ’ back, there has been whatever to chuckle approximately. We additionally performed noughts and crosses, scratching the video games onto the powdery partitions of the cellphone with our fingernails. Reeve confirmed me a ploy which intended that the least you may in achieving was once a draw. We should have performed approximately three-hundred video games prior to then, with Reeve profitable two-thirds of them. The trick was once easy adequate. ‘Your first O is going within the best left nook, and your moment diagonally throughout from it. It’s an unbeatable place. ’ ‘What in case your opponent places his X diagonally contrary that first O? ’ ‘You can nonetheless win through going for the corners. ’ Reeve appeared cheered via this. He danced around the mobilephone, then stared at me, a leer on his face. ‘You’re like the brother I by no means had, John. ’ There after which he took my palm and nicked the flesh open with considered one of his fingernails, doing an identical to his personal hand. We touched hands, smearing a place of blood forwards and backwards. ‘Blood brothers,’ stated Gordon, smiling. I smiled again at him, understanding that he had develop into too depending on me already, and that if we have been separated he wouldn't be capable of cope. after which he knelt down in entrance of me and gave me one other hug. Gordon grew extra stressed. He did fifty press-ups in anyone day which, contemplating our nutrition, used to be extraordinary. And he hummed little tunes to himself. the consequences of my corporation looked to be donning off. He was once drifting back. So i started to inform him tales. I noted my formative years first, and approximately my father’s tips, yet then i began to inform him right tales, giving him the plots of my favorite books.

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