• Knots and Crosses

  • Inspector Rebus, Book 1
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Bill Paterson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Knots and Crosses

By: Ian Rankin
Narrated by: Bill Paterson
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Publisher's Summary

"And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you?"

That sort of thing is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own daughter spirited away by his estranged wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. Then, the messages begin: knotted string and matchstick crosses taunt Rebus with a puzzle only he can solve.

©1987 Ian Rankin (P)1999 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Suspenseful riddling, with exemplary eye to the plod of police through civic jungle." (Sunday Times)

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If you like British Murder Mysteries...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a great listen. The reader was so good at putting different characteristics to the different people in the story that I often thought I was listening to a performance of many actors.

I like the story. It was a gruesome topic but it was not gory. The plot was challenging and interesting. The author did a great job describing the location of the story and the characters that populated it.

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  • Tracey
  • 08-15-07

Fab!!

I took this story on holiday with me and was so engrossed I didn't want to stop listening. This is expertly written and the narration by Bill Paterson is superb. As this is the first Rebus book you get to know the main characters and their backgrounds. If you like this book you're sure to love the others. I was sorry when it finished but also felt satisfied. It was the best book i'd listened to in ages. I have heard 2 others read by James McPherson which were equally as good but now I feel personally that I should have started at the beginning. Ian Rankin is certainly consistant and I think everyone should have at least one Rankin book in their collection.

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  • Neil
  • 10-11-08

first book

this was my first buy on audible, brilliant book will now go on collecting rebus books. love the character moody yet somehow appealing a must buy!

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  • Patj
  • 05-13-18

Obviously new to this.

Glad of the intro by the author because it was not the standard expected of Ian Rankin. However I enjoyed it.

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  • S. Higgins
  • 05-10-18

Brilliant

Loved this one narration was great can't wait to listen to next one in series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

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I did not enjoy this book but as much as previous novels by Ian Rankin

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  • Gillibrand65
  • 05-06-22

Short but really good

Much shorter than most books but an excellent read nevertheless. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Ms. Karen Mcbarrons
  • 03-29-22

gripping

brilliant ! I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't wait ro get in my car to listen more.

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  • Tim Osborne
  • 08-22-21

A quick story, I’m sure it must be abridged. But we’ll done

I read the paper back a couple of years ago, and this version captures that very enjoyable experience from the young Ian Rankin. Bill Patterson sparkles as usual.

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  • Damian Allen
  • 06-30-21

Excellent!

A great book! Excellently read! The narrator gave a great performance, I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Erin Daly
  • 09-22-20

Good enough listen

it passed a few hours but I'm hoping the next in the series is better

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  • scotty
  • 02-04-20

A bit too short

I love the narrator, i love the books and was looking to 're-read' the rebus back catalogue using audio books. This Abridge version was just a bit too short for me - so from now on the Unabridged will be my go to. Still a great story and makes me very homesick for Edinburgh.