A man from Kosovo is killed in a seedy Edinburgh slum. Considered by some to be a hate crime, due largely to the racist slur painted on the victim's head -- Rebus is unconvinced. Clues lead to the dirty underworld of gangland bosses, and their control over the local underprivileged. Fingerprints, blood stains, odd looks, dramatic music cues -- even unused tickets to a soccer match -- all lead Rebus to another corpse. Rebus sees the killer's motivation not as racist, but rather of sibling rivalry, hidden passion, or something much more devious... Or maybe not. Written by
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[Rebus's father emigrated from Poland to Scotland during World War II. Rebus is discussing the modern-day immigrants that Jim Considine looks after in the immigration centre
DI John Rebus
It must be a different type of immigrant you're getting these days, Mr Considine. Because when the Rebus clan got off the boat from Gdansk, they were just happy to be here. Some of them were so glad they went straight back out there and fought for the place - and some of them never came back.
Follows Rebus: Mortal Causes