DI John Rebus investigates the murder of an illegal immigrant, who had ties to asylum seekers in Edinburgh. DS Siobhan Clarke looks into the disappearance of a teenaged girl; soon, the rapist of the girl’s sister is murdered.
Rebus and Siobhan struggle with the uglier side of life in Edinburgh, notably, racism, latter-day slavery, and the increasing numbers of asylum seekers. As usual, their personal lives are in a mess: Rebus drinks too much; Siobhan falls asleep with a tub of ice cream.
As in other Rebus books, the two investigations end up being linked somewhat too neatly for my liking.