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Rebus is aging and has moved from his Marchmont flat, but only to the garden flat two flights below. His ex colleague and friend, Siobhan, keeps an eye on him and lets him in on her latest investigations. Just after his move he receives a panicked phone call from his daughter whose partner has disappeared. Immediately Rebus jumps into his aging Saab and heads up the A9 to his daughter, where he liaises with the local police whilst pursuing his own determined way.
In Edinburgh, Siobhan Clarke returns to work to the investigation of the murder of Salman Bin Makmoud. Old colleague Malcolm Fox has also been sent to cover the investigation from his post with Major Crime Division. Special Branch are also taking an overview as the victim came from a Saudi family of special interest.
As always there is a flourishing criminal scene in Edinburgh, not always in what are normally called the criminal classes. Clarke and Fox ( with a little bit of help from Rebus) uncover a plan to make millions out of property development and Big Ger McCafferty is never far away from the action either.