In the second Rebus novel by Rankin, Rebus finds himself in yet another drug-laced, death-inducing situation. When the body of a young man shows up in what looks like it was an overdose, Rebus has to question the way the body was positioned and the writing on the walls. Slowly piecing together the mystery, Rebus makes friends with a nude model and gains a new partner who ironically enough is named Holmes. The streets lead Rebus to upper class as he searches his way through the clues to find out what exactly happened to this look alike suicide.
At the beginning of the novel, Rankin writes a note about his thought process for this book and how after this book you can notice that Rebus changes a bit. In fact, I noticed quite a bit of change between the Rebus of this novel and of the first one (Knots and Crosses). Rebus seems a bit less withdrawn in this novel. Although I was a bit upset that him and Gill broke up without much of an explanation. It was almost like Rankin didn't feel like writing about Gill anymore so he just cut her out.
I felt this book was really about Rebus and his interactions with the other characters. I'm happy he's got a partner now, albeit somewhat unofficial. Hopefully we see him in a couple more books! Out of the first two books, this one is probably the better!