Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus)

By Ian Rankin

Rebus and Malcolm Fox cross head-to-head whilst a 30-year-old homicide research resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past

Rebus is again at the strength, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. he's investigating a motor vehicle coincidence while information arrives case from 30 years in the past is being reopened. Rebus's crew from these days is suspected of assisting a assassin get away justice to extra their very own ends.

Malcolm Fox, in what is going to be his final case as an inner affairs cop, is tasked with checking out the reality. earlier and current are approximately to collide in surprising and murderous style. What does Rebus need to cover? And whose part is he particularly on? His colleagues again then known as themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on anything referred to as the Shadow Bible. yet occasions have replaced and the crimes of the earlier would possibly not remain hidden for much longer -- and will additionally play a task within the current, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.

Allegiances are being shaped, enemies made, and enormous questions requested. who're the saints and who the sinners? and will the single ever develop into the opposite?

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And it’s automobiles racing one another? Any concept the way it will get prepared? ” “No,” the guy said. “Well, thank you for sharing. ” Rebus walked again in the direction of the golfing. Clarke used to be peering throughout the open door, analyzing the inner. “Take a look,” she stated, handing Rebus a photo. It confirmed a brown suede boot in what appeared a woman’s measurement, framed opposed to the ground of the automobile. “I don’t see any pedals. ” “That’s since it used to be within the passenger-side foot good. ” “Okay. ” Rebus passed the photo again. “So you’re asserting there has been a passenger? ” Clarke shook her head. “It’s considered one of a couple of Ugg boots belonging to Jessica Traynor. the opposite used to be on her left foot. ” “Ugg? ” “That’s what they’re referred to as. ” “So it flew off on effect? Or got here off while the medics pulled her out? ” “First patrol motor vehicle at the scene, the officer took a number of pictures on his phone—including the boot. Jessica used to be nonetheless within the automobile on the time. Ambulance arrived a couple of minutes later. ” Rebus contemplated this. “Who stumbled on her? ” “A girl on her manner domestic from Livingston. She works shifts at a grocery store there. ” Clarke was once learning a typed sheet of paper from the folder. “Driver’s-side door used to be open. influence may have performed that. ” “Or the driving force attempted to get out. ” “Unconscious. Head resting opposed to the airbag. No seat belt. ” Rebus took the images from Clarke and studied them whereas Clarke spoke. “The grocery store employee known as 999 simply after 8 within the night, no gentle left within the sky. No streetlamps both, simply the far-off glow from Edinburgh itself. ” “Boot’s closed,” Rebus stated, handing the photographs again. “Yes, it is,” Clarke agreed. “Not anymore, notwithstanding. ” Rebus walked round to the again of the auto. “Did you open this? ” he requested the fellow from the scrap backyard, receiving a shake of the top in resolution. The boot was once empty, aside from a rudimentary instrument package. “Scavengers, probably? ” Clarke instructed. “Car was once right here all evening. ” “Why no longer take the software package? ” “Don’t think it’s worthy a lot. a person can have opened it, John—ambulance driving force, our guy…” “I consider so. ” He attempted final the boot. It was once undamaged, and stayed locked as soon as close. the major was once within the ignition, and he pressed the button to unencumber the boot back. A clunk instructed him he were profitable. “Electrics nonetheless appear to work,” he stated. “Sign of a well-made automobile. ” Clarke used to be sifting throughout the forms. “So what will we imagine? ” “We imagine a automobile used to be touring too speedy and got here off the line. No signal of a previous collision. was once she perhaps on her cellphone on the time? It’s been recognized to take place. ” “Worth checking,” Clarke agreed. “And the Ugg? ” “Sometimes,” Rebus stated, “footwear is simply sneakers. ” Clarke was once checking a message on her mobile. “Seems its proprietor is again within the land of the dwelling. ” “Do we wish to communicate to her? ” Rebus requested. The glance Clarke gave him used to be all of the resolution he wanted. Jessica Traynor had a room to herself on the Royal Infirmary. The nurse defined that she were lucky—a suspected fracture of 1 ankle, a few bruised ribs, and different minor accidents in line with whiplash.

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