""...an unbeatable read.""
Rebus has retired and he is not finding life as a civilian easy. So when Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke asks him to assist in the investigation of the murder of a prominent retired judge; he is only too ready to help. When his old enemy Big Ger Cafferty also receives similar death threats, Rebus' relationship with the gangster and other of Edinburgh's finest in crime become even more important.
Malcolm Fox has come in from the cold in Complaints and is working with a team investigating the activities of notorious Glasgow criminals who appear to have an unhealthy interest in affairs in Edinburgh. He and Siobhan are close friends and compare notes. As the investigations proceed there seems to be more than a little crossover between them. Slowly a pattern emerges and some unpleasant truths emerge that affect the workings of Police Scotland overall. Rebus proves his worth in a consultative capacity, but as always with little respect for the powers that be, although he does appear to be trying to improve his life style… if only slightly.