Synopses & Reviews
Weary, wary, hard-drinking Detective John Rebus returns in author Ian Rankin's internationally acclaimed, award-winning series. As complex and unpredictable as the brooding mists that envelop his Edinburgh beat, Rebus is ever resourceful and determined-but this time, vulnerable and challenged as never before, with complications in his personal life, and events that shake him to the depths of his being... A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts-and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing it's himself he's really trying to save. . .
"Hard-drinking, hard-living Rebus remains a compelling figure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Hard-drinking, hard-living Rebus remains a compelling figure." --Kirkus Reviews
"Rankin [creates] a drum-tight characterization of Rebus as a man deeply shaken by his convictions, but unwilling to fall apart. " --Publishers Weekly
Assigned to conduct surveillance over a convicted murderer just deported back to Edinburgh, Rebus finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse with a cruelly clever criminal who turns the tables and begins to watch Rebus himself. Martin's Press.
About the Author
is the author of nine previous novels, including Black and Blue
, which won England's prestigious Gold Dagger Award and was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.