KNOTS AND CROSSES by Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin has a huge following of fans for his Rebus series but so far I’m not one of them. I read a couple of his novels some years back but just couldn’t get into them so decided to give it another try with this, his first in the Rebus series.
John Rebus is haunted by a past that he has very little recollection of. What recollection he does have has invaded his sleep with nightmares and his waking hours with flashbacks of horror and pain.
At the Great London Road police station in Edinburgh where he is a DS the team is investigating the abduction and deaths of young girls. Meanwhile, Rebus is the recipient of a series of anonymous letters containing pieces of knotted string – letters which he quickly dismisses as practical jokes.
As the investigation shifts into high gear due to more abductions and deaths, a member of the public alerts the team to the possible motivation of the murderer. Suddenly everything falls into place and Rebus knows exactly who is responsible.