By Ian Rankin
While a former soldier and recluse murders 17-year-old scholars at a fancy Edinburgh boarding tuition, Inspector John Rebus instantly suspects there's extra to the case than meets the attention.
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I sat there considering how badly i needed to smack him. ” “But you didn’t? ” Rebus shook his head. “He used to be beautiful dopey by the point I left. ” “Not within the kitchen, even though? ” “In the lounge . . . ” “Did you notice the kitchen? ” Rebus shook his head back. “Have you informed Templer this? ” He made to rub his brow, then remembered that it'll harm like blazes. “Just pass domestic, Siobhan. ” “I needed to pull the 2 of you aside. subsequent factor you’re again at his apartment sharing a drink and a talk? you predict me to think that? ” “I’m now not asking you to think whatever. simply move domestic. ” She stood up. “I can —” “I be aware of, you could take care of your self. ” Rebus sounded drained abruptly. “I was once going to claim, i will wash the dishes, should you like. ” “That’s ok, I’ll do them the next day to come. Let’s simply get a few sleep, eh? ” He walked throughout to the room’s huge bay window, stared down on the quiet road. “What time do you need to be picked up? ” “Eight. ” “Eight it's. ” She paused. “Someone like Fairstone, he should have had enemies. ” “Almost definitely. ” “Maybe anyone observed you with him, waited until you’d left . . . ” “See you day after today, Siobhan. ” “He was once a bastard, John. I preserve awaiting to listen to you are saying that. ” She deepened her voice. “‘World’s at an advantage with out him. ’” “I don’t take into account asserting that. ” “You may have, notwithstanding, no longer goodbye in the past. ” She made in the direction of the door. “I’ll see you the next day to come. ” He waited, waiting for to listen to the lock click on close. as an alternative, he may perhaps pay attention a heritage gurgling of water. He drank from the bottle of lager, staring from the window. She didn't emerge onto the road. whilst the living-room door opened, he may possibly listen the bathtub filling. “You going to clean my again, too? ” “Beyond the decision of responsibility. ” She checked out him. “But a metamorphosis of garments wouldn’t be a nasty thought. i will assist you variety a few out. ” He shook his head. “Really, i will be able to deal with. ” “I’ll loaf around until eventually you’re performed within the tub . . . simply to ensure you can get out back. ” “I’ll be advantageous. ” “I’ll wait besides. ” She’d walked in the direction of him, plucked the lager from his free grab. Lifted it to her mouth. “Better continue the water tepid,” he warned her. She nodded, swallowed. “There’s only one factor I’m all for. ” “What? ” “What do you do should you want the bathroom? ” He narrowed his eyes. “I do what a man’s received to do. ” “Something tells me that’s up to i must be aware of. ” She passed again the bottle. “I’ll payment the water’s no longer too sizzling this time around . . . ” Afterwards, wrapped in a toweling gown, he watched as she emerged at highway point, taking a look up and down the sidewalk prior to making for her motor vehicle. taking a look up and down the sidewalk: checking her again, even if the bogeyman had long past. Rebus knew there have been extra of them in the market. lots of males like Martin Fairstone. Teased in school, changing into the “runt,” tagging besides gangs who may make jokes approximately him. yet transforming into more desirable for it, graduating to violence and petty robbery, the single lifestyles he might ever understand. He had advised his tale, and Rebus had listened. “Reckon i must see a head healthcare professional, get myself looked at, like?