The seventh in the series of the award winning, best-selling Inspector Rebus crime novels, grips us with first-rate plotting and fierce realism. It's a bitter winter in Edinburgh, and Rebus has found himself wrapped in a case that provides more questions than answers. Was Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped, or is she a runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been destroyed years ago? And more importantly, why has Rebus been invited to a pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent secretary? Rebus must contend with the fact that in modern Scotland, some of his enemies may be beyond justice ...
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by Ian Rankin
by Charles Todd
"The John Rebus mysteries are the perfect antidote for those who refuse to see Scotland as anything more than rolling brogues, luxuriously green hills, and men in quaint tartan skirts. The world of Edinburgh is altogether different, as menacing and unforgiving as the toughest streets of any American city. Inspector Rebus himself is a singular figure in the mystery genre, a man with little more than hard edges and obsessions, who is very hard to like. About the cases he pursues, he is single-minded to a fault, damn the consequences for anyone. Here the deaths of three men at the lowest echelons of Scottish life lead him to financial misdoings at the very highest. Samuel Gillies does a marvelous job of delivering an American audience to this exotic location without ever sentimentalizing it. M.O. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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