today, well this morning, spent in the chemo suite having my latest dose of Pembrolizumab…..and reading The Conviction of Cora Burns..
Published by Orion Fiction
ISBN 9781407234984Knots and Crosses is the first of the Rebus novels and is set in 80’s Edinburgh.
Rebus is a troubled man, partly due to his time in the army and while a believer in god, he is not a religious man.
This book starts with the kidnapping and murder of young girls, as the police investigation begins, Rebus receives letters and a piece of string with a Knot tied in it, he later receives further letters with either string or Crosses made of matches. However, he doesn’t link these to the murders, at first.
What follows is a taut thriller, with Rebus smoking and drinking too much, with vivid dreams and worries he is having a breakdown. Then his daughter is taken and his ex-wife injured and her partner murdered. The pace picks up and it all comes to a nerve wracking, satisfying ending with all the pieces nicely in place.
Ian Rankin has created a superbly drawn, trouble character and catches the atmosphere of Edinburgh and the slightly misogynistic 80’s brilliantly. A thoroughly absorbing read