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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 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 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 his personal brain. simply because he is not only one cop attempting to capture a killer, he is the fellow who is received all the things to the puzzle....

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

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The day got here for us to be badged. We got new berets and cap-badges. We have been within the SAS. yet there has been extra. Gordon Reeve and myself have been known as into the Boss’s place of work and instructed that we have been judged the 2 top trainees of the batch. there has been a two-year education interval in entrance people sooner than lets develop into regulars, yet good things have been anticipated for us. Later, Reeve spoke to me as we left the development. ‘Listen,’ he acknowledged, ‘I’ve heard many of the rumours. I’ve heard the officials conversing. They’ve received plans for us, Johnny. Plans. Mark my phrases. ’ Weeks later, we have been wear a survival path, hunted via different regiments, who in the event that they captured us might cease at not anything to prise from us information regarding our undertaking. We needed to catch and hunt our nutrition, mendacity low and vacationing throughout bleak moorland via evening. We appeared destined to move via those exams jointly, although in this get together we have been operating with others. ‘They’ve received anything distinctive coated up for us,’ Reeve saved asserting. ‘I can think it in my bones. ’ mendacity in our bivouac, we had simply slipped into our sleeping-bags for a two-hour nap while our shield placed his nostril into the protect. ‘I don’t know the way to inform you this,’ he stated, after which there have been lighting and weapons in every single place, and we have been half-beaten into unconsciousness because the guard used to be ripped open. overseas tongues clacked at us, their faces masked in the back of the torches. A rifle-butt to the kidneys instructed me that this was once for genuine. For actual. The cellphone into which i used to be thrown used to be genuine adequate, too. The cellphone into which i used to be thrown used to be smeared with blood, faeces, and different issues. It contained a stinking bed and a cockroach. That used to be all. I lay down at the damp bed and attempted to sleep, for I knew that sleep could be the very first thing to be stripped from us all. the brilliant lighting of the mobile got here on by surprise and stayed on, burning into my cranium. Then the noises begun, noises of a beating and a wondering happening within the cellphone subsequent to me. ‘Leave him on my own, you bastards! I’ll tear your fucking heads off! ’ I slammed on the wall with fists and boots, and the noises stopped. A phone door slammed close, a physique was once dragged previous my steel door, there has been silence. I knew my time could come. I waited there, waited for hours and days, hungry, thirsty, and each time I closed my eyes a valid like that of a blaring radio stuck among stations might sound from the partitions and the ceiling. I lay with my arms over my ears. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you. i used to be purported to crack now, and if I cracked i'd have failed every little thing, the entire months of educating. So I sang tunes loudly to myself. I scraped my nails around the partitions of the mobilephone, partitions rainy with fungus, and scratched my identify there as an anagram: BRUSE. I performed video games in my head, concept up crossword-puzzle clues and little linguistic tips. I became survival right into a video game. A online game, a online game, a online game. I needed to maintain reminding myself that, regardless of how undesirable issues appeared to be getting, this was once all a online game. and that i considered Reeve, who had warned me of this.

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