By Ian Rankin
For readers unusual with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin's longer works, this specified version novella is the right chance to get to grasp Rankin and his unforgettable production, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus enthusiasts, it really is a chance to stick with him as he explores a subplot from his most modern day out, useless Souls. whilst his high-school sweetheart calls him instantly, Rebus has the same opinion to trace down her lacking son, who used to be final obvious at a bar owned via 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 contemporary urban boasting various criminals and their sufferers. As Rebus contemplates the lurking immortality of his personal urban, Rankin bargains readers page-turning suspense and brilliant literary grace.
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He looked at Brian, remembering the way they'd sometimes mistreated him at school: not that 'Barney' had seemed to mind, but who could tell for sure? And then that night of the last school dance ... Brian had been there for Mitch. Brian had been there, Rebus had not. He'd been too busy losing Janis, and losing consciousness. She was coming downstairs now. 'I'll be back in a sec,' Brian said, heading up past her. 'You look terrific,' Rebus told her. The blue dress was well-chosen, her make-up highlighting all the right features of her busy face.
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. ' Mandelson swallowed and felt suddenly dry-mouthed. 'There was no way Stevie was going to throw that game,' Rebus said quietly. ' Mandelson choked the sentence off. 'Told you it was fixed? He was scared turdless, what else was he going to say? But Matty's mine. ' 'Not that you'd get the chance,' the Farmer added.
But why did he do it, John? ' New questions and fears had replaced the old ones. Rebus didn't know what to tell her. He wasn't family and couldn't begin to answer her question. Didn't want to begin to answer it. 'He's doing OK,' he repeated. ' She was crying now, softly. He imagined her with head bowed, hair falling over the telephone receiver. 'We did everything, John. You can't know how much we've given him. ' he began. She took a deep breath. ' Rebus looked around the office, eyes resting eventually on his own desk and the paperwork stacked there.