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Knots and Crosses

by RANKIN IAN

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London: Bodley Head, 1987. First Edition. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket. Signed by Author. First UK Edition. Publisher's original red cloth, lettered gilt at the spine. Crime fiction featuring Detective Inspector John Rebus - his first appearance. No inscriptions, not price-clipped. ISBN: 0370310578. A fine copy (usual very slight toning to edges of paper, almost inevitable - due to the cheap paper) in a D/W that is in near fine condition with the red spine lettering very slightly faded to a mid-pink. SIGNED & DOODLED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE.

Knots and Crosses is a 1987 crime novel by Ian Rankin. It is the first of the Inspector Rebus novels. It was written while Rankin was a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. In the introduction to this novel, Rankin states that Rebus lives directly opposite the window in Marchmont that he looked out of while writing the book.




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