By Ian Rankin
For readers unusual with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin's longer works, this designated variation novella is the appropriate chance to get to grasp Rankin and his unforgettable construction, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus fanatics, it's a chance to stick with him as he explores a subplot from his most up-to-date day out, useless Souls. while his high-school sweetheart calls him instantly, Rebus consents to trace down her lacking son, who was once final noticeable at a bar owned by means of a few shady mob-linked gangsters. His pursuit takes him via an Edinburgh past the tartan tearooms and cobbled streets of the vacationer brochures, a latest urban boasting various criminals and their sufferers. As Rebus contemplates the lurking immortality of his personal urban, Rankin deals readers page-turning suspense and extraordinary literary grace.
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He thought about his parents and the rest of his family and remembered stories about Bowhill, stories which seemed inextricable from family history: mining tragedies; a girl found drowned in the River Ore; a holiday car crash which had erased an entire family. Then there was Johnny Thomson, Celtic goalkeeper, injured during an 'Old Firm' match. He was in his early twenties when he died, and was buried behind those gates, not far from Rebus's parents. Not Dead, But at Rest in the Arms of the Lord.
He won't do it,' Matty said. ' Mandelson laughed. A hand landed on Matty's thigh. 'You fucked up in London, son. They knew you'd end up taking a croupier's job somewhere else, it's the only thing you know how to do. So they phoned around, and eventually they phoned me. I told them I'd never heard of you. That can change, Matty. ' Mandelson shrugged. 'I can live with that. But what do you think they'll do to you, Matty? They were pretty angry about whatever scheme it was you pulled. ' Matty felt like he was going to heave.
Looks like you just lost a packet. I'm sorry to hear it. ' Mandelson made fists of his hands. ' Rebus was shaking his head. 'Matty did his best, only there was something he didn't know. Seems you didn't know either. ' Farmer Watson, still standing, provided the answer. ' Mandelson nodded. ' 'Used to be the biggest gangster on the east coast. Probably still is. And he's a fan of Stevie's, gets videotapes of all his games. ' Mandelson frowned. ' 'So Stevie's covered,' Rebus said. 'Try fucking with him, you're asking Big Ger to bend over.