I haven't read any of Ian Rankin's Rebus books for a few years so i've decided to start from the beginning and read all in order.
The book starts with Rebus visiting his fathers grave on the anniversary of his death followed by a visit to brother Michael, a successful hypnotist, hugely different lifestyle from Rebus, ex army and now police officer.
Several young girls have been kidnapped and murdered in Edinburgh and the murderer seems intent on getting Rebus to pursue him by sending Rebus cryptic notes. All the notes contain either a knotted piece of twine or two crossed matches. To solve the case, Rebus must confront aspects of his past that he would much rather forget.
I love the way Rankin uses Edinburgh as a character in the book, its a city i know and love and makes the locations in the book stand out a little bit more.
Its a quick read but highly enjoyable.