Let it Bleed, the 7th Rebus novel, concerns Inspector Rebus witnessing two instances of suicide and investigating the motives and causes. During his investigations he becomes embroiled in corrupt politicians, suspicious companies and a brutal murder.
Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary? Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice.