Retired Edinburgh Detective John Rebus (last seen in Exit Music, 2008) returns in Rankin's (The Impossible Dead, 2011) superb latest. While reviewing cold cases, Rebus stumbles upon a connection between the 1999 New Year's Eve disappearance of Sally Hazlitt and two current disappearances. All three girls vanished along the A9 route through the Highlands. His persistence in pursuing the tenuous connection allies him once again with his former Sergeant Siobhan Clarke and also brings him under the watchful eye of Internal Affairs Detective Malcolm Fox. A riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.