It’s twenty-five years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and five years since he retired. But he’s back, as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and in trouble with, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh’s internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back twelve years. The problem being, no one else wants to go there – and that includes Rebus’s fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.
It’s an exhilerating read, revisiting the character of John Rebus. Rankin has delivered a thrilling crime story, one filled with engaging characters and a twisting plot.