A Boston Globe Best Mystery of the YearRebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis.Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. Shes investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled if Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home The answer may lie not in what was taken, but in what was left behind at the scene-an ominous note. Malcolm Fox is feeling useless. Shunned by his colleagues because of his past in the Complaints bureau, hes been reassigned to a grunt detail, helping a surveillance team-one that trusts him even less than his own boss does-track a notorious Glasgow crime family. Helping Clarke with the Minton case is the only thing that makes Fox feel like a real cop. Newly minted civilian John Rebus is feeling restless. Being a cop is in his blood and hes failing miserably at retirement. So when Clarke and Fox ask for his help, Rebus doesnt need long to consider his options. But before he can get his bearings, a call comes from Rebuss old nemesis-Big Ger Cafferty. Someone just fired a bullet through his front window-and sent him a note identical to Mintons. The normally unflappable old gangster is on edge, but for the life of him Cafferty cant figure out who hes wronged. And the only man he trusts with his life is Rebus. As the cases collide, its up to Clarke, Fox, and Rebus to connect the dots and save their unlikely ally Cafferty, whose past harbors a shocking secret that implicates Mintons friends in an unspeakable crime. Even Dogs in the Wild reunites crime fiction legend Ian Rankins greatest characters in an explosive story exploring the darkest corners of our desires.