A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind.
Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960. In 1997 he was awarded the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for BLACK AND BLUE. His subsequent Rebus novels have all been international bestsellers. He lives with his wife and two sons in Edinburgh. In 2003, Ian received an OBE for his services to literature. Bill Paterson is one of the media's best-known voices. He is an award-winning actor, who has worked in many TV, film and theatre roles and productions including Marriage Play and Death and the Maiden. Television work includes Wives and Daughters, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Singing Detective and Licking Hitler and films include The Killing Fields and Truly, Madly, Deeply.