Some boys discover a car in a deep gully in some woodland. Inside is a handcuffed corpse; the ex-lover of the dead man was the son of a serving detective inspector in what was the old Lothian & Borders Police Force of Rebus’ day before it became Police Scotland. As ever, Rebus and also ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty, are connected to the case and end up featuring prominently in the investigation, in which Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is also a major player.
“How has Rankin kept the series fresh for 22 novels? Deft characterisation.
Readers must keep up with a lengthy dramatis personae, but there’s nothing wrong with making us work a little.”