The tenth Inspector Rebus novel from 'Britain's best crime novelist' DAILY EXPRESS. Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children.
When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew?
As the locals begin a hate campaign Rebus gets a call from the past: the son of a friend has gone missing and no one else will make time to ask the right questions. And then a fragment of Scotland's criminal history is repatriated at the end of a life sentence for murder.
Once more Rebus's cup of trouble runneth over and the ghosts of past misdeeds return to haunt Edinburgh's streets.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 07/08/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780752883625
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Review by SteveAldous
Rebus' weaknesses are also shown as his strengths, making him one of the more interesting of the proliferation of brooding detectives. The plots here, though twisting, are stretched over a high page count and the pacing of the story suffers as a result. The winding up of the three main plots of this psychological thriller is neat, but their downbeat nature leaves the reader somewhat unsatisfied. This is likely a deliberate comment on the fact that sometimes life has no answers, no happy endings, but it gives the reader little reward for the journey he's been on.