I’ve been going back to some of my favourite book series and starting at the beginning book. Knots and Crosses is the first “Rebus” book for Rankin. It’s not Rankin’s first overall novel, just the first in the Rebus series. Like THE FLOOD and WATCHMAN, KNOTS AND CROSSES is very uneven and immature. A blessing that readers and publishers stuck with Rankin and let him develop his later mature writing voice.