by Ian Rankin
Book #23 in the Inspector Rebus series, published 2020
When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.
Rebus fears the worst – and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.
He wasn’t the best father – the job always came first – but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?
As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast – and a small town with big secrets – he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn’t want to find…
Rebus is retired from the police, and is moving into a new apartment with Siobhan’s help. He gets a call from his semi-estranged daughter Samantha saying her partner, Keith, is missing. He drives up to the north of Scotland, where he learns that Keith was a history buff who who been researching some Scottish WWII prisoner detention camps. Could this hobby have had fatal consequences for Keith? What is Samantha’s role in his disappearance?