By Ian Rankin
For readers unexpected with the blistering plots and language of Ian Rankin's longer works, this specified version novella is the suitable chance to get to understand Rankin and his unforgettable production, Inspector John Rebus. For longtime Rebus enthusiasts, it's a chance to stick with him as he explores a subplot from his most modern trip, useless Souls. whilst his high-school sweetheart calls him instantly, Rebus concurs to trace down her lacking son, who was once final noticeable at a bar owned through a few shady mob-linked gangsters. His pursuit takes him via an Edinburgh past the tartan tearooms and cobbled streets of the vacationer brochures, a latest urban boasting a number of criminals and their sufferers. As Rebus contemplates the lurking immortality of his personal urban, Rankin bargains readers page-turning suspense and stunning literary grace.
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In ten minutes. Come in anyway. ' Rebus shook his head and saw the tension in Brian's face turn to relief. Yes, a visit in person wouldn't be good news, would it? Good news had to be given immediately by telephone, not by a knock at the door. Rebus should have realized; he'd been the bearer of bad news often enough in his time. 'Sorry, Brian,' he repeated. They were in the hallway. Janis's voice came from above, asking who it was. 'It's Johnny,' her husband called back. ' 'Of course. ' He could have added: again, after all this time.
Because it's part of the dance - shifting partners, people you shared the floor with, it all changed. And it only ended when you disappeared from the hall. And sometimes ... sometimes, it didn't even end there. ' 'Let's start with Topper Hamilton,' the Farmer said, sounding like a kid unwrapping his birthday present. It was Wednesday morning when Rebus got the phone call from a Mr Bain. It took him a moment to place the name: Damon's bank manager. ' 'Damon Mee, Inspector. ' Rebus leant forward in his chair.
My dad worked thirty years in a shop, six days a week and he still couldn't have made the down-payment. Faith, Matty, that's the key. You have to believe in yourself, and sometimes you have to trust other people - strangers some of them, or people you don't like, people it's hard to trust. That's the gamble life's making with you, and if you place your bet, sometimes you get lucky. Except it's not luck - not entirely. See, there are odds, like in every game, and that's where judgment comes in. ' Only now did Mandelson turn to look at him.