Winner of the British Book Awards, Crime Thriller of the Year, 2005. An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Is it a racist attack, or something else? Rebus is drawn into the case, but he has other problems: his old police station has closed, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. As Rebus investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers' detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love....
Siobhan has problems of her own. A teenager has disappeared from home, and Siobhan is drawn into helping the family, which means travelling too close towards the web of a convicted rapist. Then there are two skeletons, a woman and an infant, found buried beneath a concrete cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. The scene begins to look like an elaborate stunt, but whose, and for what purpose? And how can it tie to the murder on the unforgiving housing-scheme known as Knoxland?
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©2004 John Rebus Ltd (P)2004 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
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Critic reviews

"Rankin's best novel yet, and that's saying something." ( The Observer)
"A compelling, thought-provoking narrative of modern urban life." ( Sunday Times)
"Rankin's 15th Edinburgh-based Rebus mystery shows he's as sharp and chilling as ever." ( Daily Mirror)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 15-08-07

Rankin magic

Personally this was my least favourite Rankin book so far. This is solely because of the storyline which I found a bit dark and perhaps too political(?).
Another good listen though which should please the Rebus fans.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 10-12-15

Why abridged ????

Love this series and want to hear each book in full. You just don't get the depth with abridged versions. Rebus deserves full attention not a short story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia McHale on 16-01-13

Terrific story, wonderfully narrated

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Who was your favorite character and why?

John Rebus. Well crafted character

What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

His voice is never dull, his voice is lilting.

Any additional comments?

This was a very good book to read and see as a Tv series.
James MacPhersons is not only a very good actor, but excellent at narrating these novels.

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