In this nineteenth Inspector Rebus mystery Rebus is working on two cases, a car accident where the details don’t jive with the victim’s account, and also a 30 year old murder cold case that DI Malcolm Fox is investigating for police internal affairs. Rebus is torn between loyalty to his aging colleagues and his concern that a murderer will go unpunished. Lots of Edinburgh atmosphere, lots of characters for the reader to keep straight. Rankin also works in a subplot on the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence from Great Britain and where local politicians stand on that question. Rebus listens to music while he drinks and smokes his way through another well written case.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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