|24 February 2016|
I call myself a regular reader of detective fiction. It’s what I read most often. Somehow though, I hadn’t yet read Ian Rankin before early this year. I did know, of course, that Ian Rankin is Scottish, and he is one of the most well-known detective writers of the day and age, he writes the most noir-ish, yet gripping detective novels that you can find on the bookshelf.
A couple of weeks back, I was laid low by a bug – and since I had a few books of Rankin with me, I finished Knots and Crosses, his first with the famous Inspector Rebus.
The book starts with the abductions and murders of two adolescent girls. Detective Sergeant of the Edinburgh police department, John Rebus (the famous Inspector started as Sergeant Rebus), is assigned to this case. And the events of the case quickly get more morbid, with two more girls disappearing. In the meanwhile, Rebus is going through a form of personal hell, trying and failing to adjust to his divorce and the strained relationship with his teenage daughter, and struggling to hold on to his sanity while the memory of his past with the SAS continue to eat at him from within.