Edinburgh, 'a mad god's dream / Fitful and dark', is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in nigh on three hundred years. It's a momentous time and political passions run high ...Detective Inspector John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident at Queensberry House bang in the middle of his St ...
Edinburgh, 'a mad god's dream / Fitful and dark', is about to become the home of the first Scottish parliament in nigh on three hundred years. It's a momentous time and political passions run high ...Detective Inspector John Rebus is charged with liaison, thanks to the new parliament being resident at Queensberry House bang in the middle of his St. Leonard's patch. Queensberry House is home not just to the new Scotland's rulers to be, but to the legend of a young man roasted on a spit by a madman. A fate befitting its new inhabitants, some would say. When the fireplace where the youth died is uncovered, another more recent murder victim is brought out into the daylight. Days later, in the gardens outside, Queensberry House's third body is found. This time the victim is no mummified mystery man, but Roddy Grieve, a prospective MSP, and the powers that be are on Rebus's back demanding instant answers. Roddy Grieve's notoriety brings a whole host of problems, including his seductive sister Lorna, one of Rebus's youthful fantasies made flesh. What's worse, as the case progresses, the Inspector finds himself face to face with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals - a man he thought safely out of harm's way for years to come. Someone's going to make a lot of money out of Scotland's independence and where there's big money at stake, darkness gathers...
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-10-02 In the 12th novel in the increasingly engaging Inspector Rebus series (Knots and Crosses; Dead Souls; etc.), Gold Dagger award-winner Rankin has woven a plot grittier and tighter than ever. When a body, long dead, is found on the site of the new Scottish Parliament and is soon followed by another, fresher kill, this time that of a leading candidate for the new governing body, Rebus is convinced of a connection between the two. Det. Siobhan Clarke witnesses a third death, the suicide of a surprisingly wealthy homeless man; the question of where his wealth came from seems related to the other deaths. Clarke, a determined young woman trying to make her way in the male world of police work, is a refreshing, complex addition to this series. Meanwhile, Big Ger Cafferty, arch foe of our hero, has been released from jail; he's terminally ill (or is he?) and apparently wants some quality time with Rebus in his final hours. By incorporating other strong characters, Rankin has saved the series from burrowing too far into the maudlin introspection associated with Rebus's drinking problem. Topical Scottish nationalism and the new Parliament, along with Rankin's consistently fascinating view of Edinburgh's seedy side, give the novel interest beyond its plot. And the plot is worthy of the series: raging and racing and teetering on the edge of falling apart, before Rankin slams the reader with a final masterful twist. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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