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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 through indicators of Satanic worship. John Rebus may well name the loss of life 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 vivid, conflicted younger detective, Rebus is following the lady via a brutal global of undesirable bargains, undesirable dope and undesirable corporation. From a stunning city's darkest part to the personal 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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The fellow together with his hand up round the neck of the a lot more youthful occupant of the passenger seat. Stroking, and for all time conversing in a low voice. Stroking, speaking. All very blameless. A ask yourself then that James Carew of Bowyer Carew property brokers should still glance so startled while, being stared at, he lower back the stare and located himself eye to eye with Dectective Inspector John Rebus. Rebus was once taking all this in as Carew fumbled together with his ignition key, revved up the recent V12 engine and reversed out of the automobile park as if Cutty Sark herself have been after him. ‘He’s in a hurry,’ stated James. ‘Have you visible him earlier than? ’ ‘Didn’t quite trap his face. Haven’t noticeable the auto ahead of notwithstanding. ’ ‘No, good, it’s a brand new motor vehicle, isn’t it? ’ acknowledged Rebus, lazily beginning his personal. The flat used to be nonetheless redolent of Tracy. She lingered within the front room and the lavatory. He observed her with a towel falling down round her head, legs tucked underneath her. … Bringing him breakfast: the soiled dishes have been nonetheless mendacity beside his unmade mattress. She had laughed to discover that he slept on a bed at the ground. ‘Just like in a squat,’ she had acknowledged. The flat appeared emptier now, emptier than it had felt for it slow. And Rebus may possibly do with a bathtub. He again to the rest room and became the recent faucet on. He might nonetheless consider James’s hand on his leg. … within the front room, he checked out a bottle of whisky for an entire minute, yet grew to become his again on it and fetched a low-alcohol lager from the refrigerator as an alternative. the tub used to be filling slowly. An Archimedean screw might were extra effective. nonetheless, it gave him time to make one other phone name to the station, to envision on how they have been treating Tracy. the inside track was once now not sturdy. She was once changing into irritable, refusing to consume, complaining of pains in her facet. Appendicitis? much more likely chilly turkey. He felt a good volume of guilt at no longer having long past to determine her prior to now. one other layer of guilt wouldn’t do any damage, so he made up our minds to place off the stopover at till morning. only for a number of hours he desired to be clear of all of it, the entire sordid tinkering with different people’s lives. His flat didn’t suppose so safe any longer, didn’t suppose just like the citadel it were just a day or in the past. And there has been inner harm in addition to the structural type: he was once feeling dirty within the pit of his intestine, as if town had scraped away a layer of its floor dust and force-fed him the lot. To hell with it. He was once stuck o.k.. He was once residing within the most lovely, so much civilised urban in northern Europe, but on a daily basis needed to care for its flipside, with the minor subject of its animus. Animus? Now there has been a be aware he hadn’t utilized in your time. He wasn’t even certain now what it intended precisely; however it sounded correct. He sucked from the beer bottle, retaining the froth in his mouth like a baby fiddling with toothpaste. these items was once all foam. No substance. All foam. Now there has been one other notion. He might placed a few foaming bathtub oil within the water. Bubblebath. Who the hell had given him these items? Oh. convinced. Gill Templer. He remembered now. Remembered the get together, too.

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