Strip Jack : MP Gregor Jack is caught in an Edinburgh brothel with a prostitute only too keen to show off her considerable assets. Initially, Detective Inspector Rebus is sympathetic to the MP's dilemma - who hasn't occasionally succumbed to temptation? Then Jack's wife disappears. Someone wants to strip Jack naked and Rebus wants to know why.
The Black Book: When a close colleague is brutally attacked, Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body and a long-forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the cooled secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together a jigsaw that no one seems to want completed.
Moral Causes: It is August in Edinburgh and the festival is in full swing when a brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets. Rebus suspects the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of terrorism in a city heaving with tourists is unthinkable. And when the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem about to erupt.