London: The Bodley Head, 1987
8vo, first edition, original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, slight browning
The first of Ian Rankin’s books to feature Inspector John Rebus, the hard-drinking policeman who is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after his sadistic training exercises as a member of the SAS elite corps. Nevertheless, he is still able to solve many of Edinburgh’s most dreadful murders. Here he opposes a serial killer of young girls, a figure from his suppressed past.
Annotated on 48 pages. Approximately 800 words.