Rebus is back!!
And back running with a full scale murder enquiry involving missing girls which he is determined to solve, regardless of the number of senior officers he upsets. John Rebus retired several years ago from Lothian & Borders Police as he reached the age when detectives are sent to the pub and not expected back in the office. However, a recently formed group looking at ‘Cold Cases’ is tasked to dig out the files from dormant cases and try to bring them to a solution. Rebus has been invited onto this group and is enjoying being, almost, back in the fold. He is enjoying it so much he is thinking of applying to rejoin Lothian & Borders Police, but has the small task of passing a medical first. As ever, the person in charge of the Cold Case Unit is not the type of person to get along with Rebus and vice versa. The boss is a young, ambitious detective who feels that his talents should be utilised elsewhere. Just the sort of material Rebus loves to rub up the wrong way, as a pastime.
One day a call comes from the front desk saying that a woman is asking for a former head of the Cold Cases Unit; that person has retired so Rebus goes down to meet her. She tells him of the tale of her daughter going missing while travelling in the north of Scotland. Apart from being tidy and someone Rebus takes a fancy to, he is intrigued and digs out the files. It soon becomes apparent to Rebus that this girl’s disappearance was not the first and that a serial murderer may be on the loose. Then another young girl goes missing and Rebus gets himself on to the investigating team from another station in Edinburgh – just another senior officer to piss off! This brings him back into contact with his former sidekick Siobhan Clarke who is now a Detective Inspector. So the investigation begins – the victims all apparently disappearing whilst travelling on the A90 road to north of Scotland. Rebus fits himself into the team now situated in Gayfield Square police station in Edinburgh, close to many pubs where he does his best thinking!