When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days. Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect. He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find....
Bei einem romantischen Dinner im Caledonian Hotel erinnert sich Rebus an einen Mord, der fast vierzig Jahre zuvor dort stattgefunden hat: Eine junge lebenslustige Bankiersgattin wollte in dem Luxushotel einen Liebhaber empfangen - am nächsten Morgen wurde sie tot aufgefunden. Die Verdächtigen kamen aus den besten Kreisen, der Täter wurde nie gefasst. Ein Skandal, der Rebus nicht loslässt.
'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.
Ein illegaler Einwanderer wird ermordet in einer Edinburgher Sozialsiedlung gefunden - ein Mord mit rassistischem Hintergrund oder etwas ganz anderes? Die Spuren führen Inspector Rebus von der berüchtigten Sozialsiedlung Knoxland in die Tiefen der Edinburgher Unterwelt.
A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.
Scotland Yard are anxious to find the killer and Inspector Rebus is drafted in to help. But his Scotland Yard opposite number, George Flight, isn't happy at yet more interference, and Rebus finds himself dealing with racial prejudice as well as the predations of a violent maniac. When Rebus is offered a serial killer profile of the Wolfman by an attractive female psychologist, it's too good an opportunity to miss.
Rebus is off the case - literally. A few days into the murder inquiry of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at a colleague. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' - in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is assigned to an old, unsolved case, but there are those in his team who have their own secrets - and they'll stop at nothing to protect them. Rebus is also asked to act as a go-between for gangster 'Big Ger' Cafferty.
An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack, or something else? Rebus is drawn into the case, but 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.
DI Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford goes back to Paisley and pronto.
John Rebus ist zurück im aktiven Polizeidienst. Einziger Wermutstropfen: Degradiert zum Detective Sergeant muss er nun seinem ehemaligen Schützling Siobhan Clarke zuarbeiten. Die beiden untersuchen gerade einen Autounfall, als bekannt wird, dass die staatsanwaltschaft einen 30 Jahre zurückliegenden Fall aus Rebus' Vergangenheit neu aufrollen will. Damals war Rebus' Team beschuldigt worden, Beweise in einem Mordfall manipuliert zu haben.
Ein neuer Fall für Malcolm Fox. Ian Rankins neue Serie geht weiter. Jahrelang hat der Polizist Paul Carter gegen die Dienstvorschriften verstoßen, jetzt ist er verurteilt worden. Malcolm Fox und sein Team von der Abteilung "Interne Ermittlung" sollen im kleinen Küstenstädtchen Kircaldy den guten Ruf der Polizei wiederherstellen. Doch da wird ein ehemaliger Polizist ermordet und Malcolm Fox ermittelt plötzlich in einem Fall, bei dem mehr auf dem Spiel steht als nur das Ansehen der Polizei.
Rebus ist zurück! John Rebus kann es nicht lassen! Nach fünf Jahren in Rente geht der Quertreiber und ehemalige Detective Inspector wieder auf Verbrecherjagd, diesmal im zivilen Einsatz. Der eigensinnige Schotte raucht nach wie vor kräftig und bestellt seinen Malt in der Oxford Bar - allen ärztlichen Bedenken zum Trotz. Vorgesetzte ignoriert John schlicht, und falls das nicht möglich ist, legt er sich mit ihnen an.
Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big. As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers. Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.
Some cases never leave you. For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and Maria's killer has never been found. Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs.
A shooting incident at a private school just north of Edinburgh. Two 17-year olds killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. As Detective Inspector John Rebus puts it, 'there's no mystery'... exceptthe why. This question takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, andfinds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare - ranging from civic leaders to the local Goths - leaving behind a legacy of secrets and lies.
After the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls, now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own daughter spirited away by his estranged wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. Then, the messages begin: knotted string and matchstick crosses taunt Rebus with a puzzle only he can solve.
A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists.
John Rebus kann es nicht lassen! Nach fünf Jahren in Rente geht der Quertreiber und ehemalige Detective Inspector wieder auf Verbrecherjagd, diesmal im zivilen Einsatz. Der eigensinnige Schotte raucht nach wie vor kräftig und bestellt seinen Malt in der Oxford Bar - allen ärztlichen Bedenken zum Trotz. Vorgesetzte ignoriert John schlicht, und falls das nicht möglich ist, legt er sich mit ihnen an. So kollidiert Rebus mit dem internen Ermittler Malcolm Fox. Der sieht es nämlich gar nicht gerne, dass John auf eigene Faust und mit gewohnt zweifelhaften Methoden agiert, um einen Frauenserienmörder zu stellen. Alle gegen einen - oder fast alle: Denn Johns Lieblingskollegin Siobhan Clarke ist bei der Jagd auf den Mädchenkiller stets an seiner Seite...
It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing... A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable. When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.
Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first time, and including brand-new material, this is the ultimate Rebus short-story collection and a must-have book for crime lovers and for Ian's millions of fans alike. No Rankin aficionado can go without it.