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. In this 23rd outing (after In a House of Lies), Rebus fears the worst, and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect. Reflecting on his own deficiencies as a parent, Rebus knows that 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 that small coastal town with big secrets, the veteran cop wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find.
"This fresh entry boasts the kind of storytelling that made Rankin famous."—Publishers Weekly