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By Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus has tousled badly this time, so badly that he is been despatched to a type of reform institution for broken law enforcement officials. whereas there one of the last-chancers referred to as "resurrection men," he joins a covert venture to realize facts of a drug heist orchestrated by way of 3 of his classmates. however the workforce has been assigned an unsolved homicide which may have resulted from Rebus's personal mistake. Now Rebus cannot make sure if he is been organize for a fall or if his disgraced classmates are as ruthless as he suspects. while Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke discovers that her research of an artwork dealer's homicide is tied to Rebus's inquiry, the two-protÈgÈ and mentor-join forces. quickly they locate themselves in the course of a bigger scandal than that they had imagined-a plot with conspirators in each nook of Scotland and lethal implications approximately their colleagues. With the intense eye for personality and position that earned him the identify "the Dickens of Edinburgh," Ian Rankin can provide a page-turning novel of complicated suspense.

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She paused. “I’m nonetheless unsure why he did it. ” “Maybe he simply fell for you, Laura,” Siobhan acknowledged, additional softening her voice, ready to play “nice” to Linford’s “nasty. ” “I imagine there has been a little the romantic in him . . . ” “Yeah, perhaps. ” Stafford’s eyes have been glinting with emotion, and Siobhan knew she’d stated the suitable factor. “Maybe that’s what it was once. ” “Did you ever visit his condominium? ” Siobhan requested. Stafford shook her head. “You knew what he did for a dwelling? ” “He offered work, correct? ” Siobhan nodded. “Some of the work he owned, they have been taken down from the partitions — any suggestion why he’d do this? ” “Maybe to ship to his position in Tuscany. ” “You find out about it? ” “He informed me approximately it. It’s real then . . . ? ” Stafford had evidently heard loads of tales and boasts in her time. “He has a spot in Italy, yes,” Siobhan proven. “Laura, considered one of his work looks lacking. He didn’t supply it to you, did he? ” She held up the picture of the portray. Stafford checked out it, yet wasn’t fairly concentrating. “He observed Italy,” she stated wistfully, “how he’d take me there sooner or later . . . i assumed it was once simply . . . ” She decreased her eyes. “Eddie spread out to then you definately, Laura? ” Siobhan requested quietly. “He pointed out himself? ” “Nothing too own . . . a section approximately his heritage, stuff like that. ” “Problems he was once having? ” Stafford shook her head. “Nothing troubling him lately? ” “No, he appeared satisfied sufficient. Had a few funds coming to him, i believe. ” “What makes you are saying that? ” Linford requested brusquely. “I imagine might be he stated anything approximately it. once we have been speaking approximately this position, how he might come up with the money for it. ” “And he acknowledged he had cash coming? ” “Yes. ” “Could he have intended the exhibition, Laura? ” Siobhan requested. “I believe so . . . ” “You don’t relatively imagine so? ” “I don’t be aware of. ” She seemed out in the course of the conservatory. “It’s getting chilly available in the market. Alexander must are available in . . . ” “Just a pair extra questions, Laura. i must ask in regards to the Paradiso. ” Stafford checked out her. “What approximately it? ” “Who owns it? ” “Ricky Marshall. ” “You don’t think that,” Siobhan teased her. “He may well run the table, yet that’s all, isn’t it? ” “I’ve constantly handled Ricky. ” “Always? ” Stafford nodded. Siobhan enable the silence lie among them for a minute. “Have you ever come upon a guy known as Cafferty? large Ger Cafferty? ” Stafford shook her head. back, Siobhan enable the silence lie. Stafford shifted at the couch, as though approximately to assert whatever. “And the entire time,” Linford broke in, “that Marber used to be deciding to buy this position, he by no means requested you for any extras? ” Stafford’s face grew to become a masks, and Siobhan knew that they’d misplaced her. “No,” she was once asserting, in respond to the query. “You’ll savor that we discover that onerous to believe,” Linford stated. “I don’t,” Siobhan interrupted, her eyes on Stafford whereas Linford mounted her with a frown. “I think it,” Siobhan acknowledged. Then she obtained up and passed her card to Laura Stafford. “Anytime you need to speak . . . ” Stafford studied the cardboard, nodded slowly. “Well, thank you back on your time,” Linford acknowledged grudgingly.

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