The leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, and every cop in the country is needed for front-line duty...except one. John Rebus's reputation precedes him, and his bosses don't want him anywhere near Presidents Bush and Putin, which explains why he's manning an abandoned police station when a call comes in. During a preconference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, a delegate has fallen to his death. Accident, suicide, or something altogether more sinister? And is it linked to a grisly find close to the site of the gathering? Are the world's most powerful men at risk from a killer? While the government and secret services attempt to hush the whole thing up, Rebus knows he has only seventy-two hours to find the answers.
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by Ian Rankin
"James Gale's Scottish brogue and intensity of emotion combine for a strong portrayal of Detective Inspector John Rebus, who is trying to solve the serial murders of recently released sex offenders and resolve his brother's death, all against the backdrop of the G8 summit being held outside Edinburgh. As if that's not bad enough, the G8 has the powers-that-be pulling rank and declaring that the death of the Assistant Minister of International Development is a suicide. Rebus doesn't agree and adds one more murder to his already full plate. Gale easily swings into a number of accents, leads listeners through the mŽlange of politics and suspense, and keeps the many characters sorted out, but listeners new to the series may struggle to keep up. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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