opening sentence in this book is "I'm not supposed to be
here". Detective Inspector John Rebus was now assigned to a
Knoxland housing-scheme on the western edge of Edinburgh. This
was a place full of interracial tensions. He was there because
they were short-handed. In addition, his own bosses didn't
know what to do with him!
Detective Rebus joins an
investigation into a murder. The victim was an unidentified
dark-skinned immigrant. During the investigation, Rebus
discovers there is a connection between the Knoxland murder and
Whitemire Detention Center.
Detective Sgt. Siobhan
Clarke, who was also in A Question of Blood, is involved in a search
to find a missing woman. The parents have asked Sgt. Clarke to
help in the search. Clarke was involved in the case of the
missing woman's sister year's ago. She has committed
As always, Ian Rankin provides a novel that involves
many subplots. He does an excellent job of bringing them
together in a fashion that is his trademark. His stories are
excellent police procedurals that give us a clear idea as to what
happens behind the scenes. This is an excellent read and one
that is highly recommended.
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