By Ian Rankin

At evening the summer season sky remains gentle over Edinburgh. yet in a shadowy, crumbling housing improvement, a junkie lies lifeless of an overdose, his bruised physique surrounded via indicators of Satanic worship. John Rebus may possibly name the loss of life and accident--but will not. as a substitute, he tracks down a violent-tempered younger lady who knew the useless boy and heard him cry out his terrifying final phrases: "Hide! Hide!" Now, with the aid of a brilliant, conflicted younger detective, Rebus is following the lady via a brutal global of undesirable offers, undesirable dope and undesirable corporation. From a stunning city's darkest aspect to the non-public sanctums of the higher crust, Rebus is looking for the best hiding position for a killer, in Hide and Seek, the second one novel within the sequence from Ian Rankin.

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Then he shook the contents of a big grocery store provider bag onto the ground, in order that pens, toy vehicles, cigarette papers, a wood egg, a spool of cotton, a private cassette participant, a Swiss military knife, and a digital camera fell out. McCall stooped to select up the digital camera among thumb and center finger. great version, thirty-five-millimetre SLR. sturdy make. He gestured with it in the direction of Rebus, who took it from him, having first produced a handkerchief from his pocket, with which he held it. Rebus became in the direction of Tracy who was once status opposed to the door along with her hands folded. She nodded again at him. ‘Yes,’ she stated. ‘That’s Ronnie’s digital camera. ’ The constables have been on the best of the steps now. Rebus accredited McCall’s provide of the grocery store provider and dropped the digicam into it, cautious to not reduce to rubble any prints. ‘Todd,’ he acknowledged to the constable he knew, ‘take this younger woman all the way down to nice London street station. ’ Tracy’s mouth opened. ‘It’s to your personal protection,’ Rebus acknowledged. ‘Go on with them. I’ll so long, quickly as i will be able to. ’ She nonetheless appeared able to voice a criticism, yet concept best of it, nodded and became, leaving the room. Rebus listened as she went downstairs, followed by means of the officials. McCall was once nonetheless looking out, although with out genuine drawback. reveals have been rather adequate to be occurring with. ‘No smoke with out fire,’ he acknowledged. ‘I had lunch with Tommy today,’ acknowledged Rebus. ‘My brother Tommy? ’ McCall seemed up. Rebus nodded. ‘Then that’s one as much as you. He’s by no means taken me to lunch those prior fifteen years. ’ ‘We have been on the Eyrie. ’ Now McCall whistled. ‘To do with Watson’s anti-drugs crusade. ’ ‘Yes, Tommy’s meting out for it, isn’t he? Ach, I shouldn’t be challenging on him. He’s performed me a couple of favours in his time. ’ ‘He had a number of too many. ’ McCall laughed lightly. ‘He hasn’t replaced then. nonetheless, he can have enough money it. That shipping corporation of his, it runs itself. He was there twenty-four hours an afternoon, fifty-two weeks of the 12 months. these days, he can take off so long as he likes. His accountant as soon as informed him to take a 12 months off. are you able to think that? For tax reasons. If in simple terms we had these sorts of challenge, eh, John? ’ ‘You’re correct there, Tony. ’ Rebus was once nonetheless conserving the grocery store bag. McCall nodded in the direction of it. ‘Does this tie it up? ’ ‘It makes issues a section clearer,’ acknowledged Rebus. ‘I may well get it checked for prints. ’ ‘I can inform you what you’ll find,’ acknowledged McCall. ‘The deceased’s and this man Charlie’s. ’ ‘You’re forgetting anyone. ’ ‘Who? ’ ‘You, Tony. You picked the digital camera up along with your arms, consider? ’ ‘Ah, sorry. I didn’t imagine. ’ ‘Never brain. ’ ‘Anyway, it’s whatever, isn’t it? whatever to rejoice, I suggest. I don’t learn about you, yet I’m starved. ’ As they left the room, one pillar of books eventually gave manner, slewing down around the ground like dominoes ready to be shuffled. Rebus opened the door back to appear in. ‘Ghosts,’ stated McCall. ‘That’s all. simply ghosts. ’ It wasn’t a lot to examine. now not what he’d been watching for. ok, so there has been a potted plant in a single nook, and black curler blinds over the home windows, or even a notice processor amassing dirt on a newish plastic table.

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