Two boys hug and jump. One man blows his brains out and does his lady a last favour. Alone in his cell another sets a ball rolling that may demolish a glittering career. Everyone keeps secrets and sometimes not just their own. In an Edinburgh winter the wind blows chill and penetrating. For Rebus it slams one door shut only to open another. Investigating the disappearance of the Provost's daughter leads him from the Old Town to Silicon Glen, from drug addicts to government ministers. And plants the seed that grows into a nagging belief that there may be some criminals beyond the grasp of modern justice.
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Detective Inspector John Rebus is not a man easily intimidated, so when political heavyweights start to lean on the dour, moralistic Edinburgh detective to stop an investigation, Rebus doggedly digs in and follows the case as it moves from embezzlement to murder and finally to conspiracy at the highest level of government.From the Publisher:
Praise for Ian Rankin:
"Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. His stuff is always taut, gritty, and stirring. At the heart of it stands Rebus, a character for the ages because he's a cop with style, wit, and an inalienable sense of the gray area between right and wrong." --Michael Connelly
"The progenitor--and king--of tartan noir." --James Ellroy
"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...Brilliant." --Jonathan Kellerman
"In Rankin you cannot go wrong." --THE BOSTON GLOBE
"Ian Rankin's brilliant series featuring John Rebus is the kind of blistering police procedural that gives the genre a good name." --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"A brilliant series...the work of a master." --THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER & CHRONICLE
"Crime fiction at its best." --THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
"Rankin's dexterity in juggling plots and threats and motives lights up the darkness with a poet's grace. Reading him is like watching somebody juggle a dozen bottles of single malt without spilling a drop." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A brutal but beautifully written series...Rankin pushes the procedural form well past conventional genre limits." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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