By Ian Rankin
At evening the summer time sky remains mild over Edinburgh. yet in a shadowy, crumbling housing improvement, a junkie lies lifeless of an overdose, his bruised physique surrounded by way of indicators of Satanic worship. John Rebus might name the dying and accident--but will not. as a substitute, he tracks down a violent-tempered younger lady who knew the lifeless boy and heard him cry out his terrifying final phrases: "Hide! Hide!" Now, with assistance from a shiny, conflicted younger detective, Rebus is following the lady via a brutal international of undesirable bargains, undesirable dope and undesirable corporation. From a stunning city's darkest facet to the non-public sanctums of the higher crust, Rebus is looking for definitely the right hiding position for a killer, in Hide and Seek, the second one novel within the sequence from Ian Rankin.
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I assume you put the digicam up in there too, did you? ’ ‘Photographed and framed. Framed being relatively apt less than the conditions, don’t you're thinking that? ’ ‘Blackmail. ’ It was once an statement, not anything extra. ‘Favours simply. frequently given with out query. yet a photo could be a useful gizmo whilst favours are being withheld. ’ ‘That’s why James Carew dedicated suicide? ’ ‘Oh no. That used to be your doing relatively, Inspector. James advised me you’d known him. He concept you're capable of stick to your nostril from him again to Hyde’s. ’ ‘You killed him? ’ ‘We killed him, John. that is a pity. I cherished James. He was once an outstanding pal. ’ ‘Well, you have got plenty of acquaintances, don’t you? ’ there has been laughter now, however the voice was once point, elegiac nearly. ‘Yes, i guess they’d have a role discovering a pass judgement on to aim me, an suggest to prosecute me, fifteen reliable males and precise to face as jury. They’ve all been to Hyde’s. them all. searching for a video game with slightly extra aspect than these performed upstairs. I received the belief from a pal in London. He runs an analogous institution, although possibly with a much less sharp area than Hyde’s. There’s loads of new cash in Edinburgh, John. funds for all. do you want funds? do you want a sharper facet on your existence? Don’t inform me you’re chuffed on your little flat, along with your tune and your books and your bottles of wine. ’ Rebus’s face confirmed shock. ‘Yes, i do know rather a lot approximately you, John. details is my side. ’ Andrews’ voice fell. ‘There’s a club to be had right here if you would like it, John. i feel might be you do wish it. in any case, club has its privileges. ’ Rebus leaned his head opposed to the reflect. His voice used to be a close to whisper. ‘Your charges are too excessive. ’ ‘What’s that? ’ Andrews’ voice appeared nearer than ever, his respiring virtually audible. Rebus’s voice was once nonetheless a whisper. ‘I acknowledged your charges are too excessive. ’ without warning, he pulled again an arm, made a fist, and driven immediately throughout the replicate, shattering it. one other trick from his SAS education. Don’t punch at whatever; regularly punch via, whether it’s a brick wall you’re attacking. Glass splintered round him, digging into the sleeve of his jacket, looking flesh. His fist uncurled, turned a claw. simply in the course of the reflect, he chanced on Andrews’ throat, clamped it, and hauled the fellow ahead. Andrews was once shrieking. Glass was once in his face, flakes of it in his hair, his mouth, prickling his eyes. Rebus held him shut, enamel gritted. ‘I said,’ he hissed, ‘your charges are too excessive. ’ Then he introduced his different hand right into a clean new fist and put a blow on Andrews’ chin, liberating him in order that the subconscious determine fell again into the room. Rebus pulled off the dead shoe and tapped away the shards of glass which nonetheless clung round the edges of the body. Then, rigorously, he hauled himself via into the room, went to the door, and opened it. He observed Tracy instantly. She used to be status hesitantly in the course of the boxing ring, hands putting via her facets. ‘Tracy? ’ he stated. ‘She won't listen you, Inspector Rebus. Heroin can do this, you recognize. ’ Rebus watched as Malcolm Lanyon stepped out from the shadows.