DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar to those found in a local museum, with the smiling effigy of a child inside. Devlin had dined the previous evening with Sir James Hogarth, his closest friend. Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke get on the trail of David Costello when Phillipa Balfour, a university student working at a local museum, tells them she has once again started to receive threatening e-mails from Costello, who has stalked her in the past. When Sir James' ex-wife is found murdered in exactly the same way as Devlin, it becomes apparent that Costello is seeking some type of revenge. Rebus suspects Sir James has had an incestuous relationship with his daughter but is having difficulty finding the evidence.
Did You Know?
When Miranda is attacked, the man coming to her rescue is in fact the writer of the Rebus novels, Ian Rankin. See more
[Miranda is lying in bed, covered by a sheet but clearly naked beneath it. Rebus is sitting beside the bed, sketching her
Did I say I was going to America soon?
DI John Rebus
America? I do not recall you saying that, no. Not for ever, I hope.
Six month exchange. I just thought you should know that, so that instead of sitting there colouring, we might use our time more... fruitfully.
[she grins seductively at him and he grins back
DI John Rebus
Fruitfully? I like the sound of that.
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