Rebus is back!!. This time there are a bunch of cases. There is the stakeout of a man who might be connected to crime boss Cafferty. There is a colleague who gets bashed in the back of the head. There is a butcher who is stabbed. In the middle of all this, Rebus's girlfriend kicks him out and his ex-con brother needs a place to stay. This means that Rebus is sleeping on the couch in the place he had rented to students and his brother gets a closet to sleep in.
I found that the number of things happening were just too many to keep straight. It was still a great mystery but just too cluttered.
First Line: "There were two of them in the van that early morning, lights on to combat the haar which blew in from the North Sea."