Roy Frazer: Detective Inspector Rebus enters the room.
Ray Heggie: Join the party.
Roy Frazer: The locals organised a search party, you weren't part of it. How come?
Ray Heggie: I wasn't there.
Roy Frazer: Where were you?
Ray Heggie: Glasgow. I went out drinking with a mate, stayed the night at his place. Ask him, he'll tell you.
Roy Frazer: I'm sure he will. Mates are good that way, aren't they?
Ray Heggie: It's the truth.
Roy Frazer: You went out drinking, that means there'll be witnesses. So name me some.
Ray Heggie: Give me a break. Look, the pubs were all dead, so we got a carry-out and went back to his flat. Sat watching some videos.
Roy Frazer: Anything good?
Ray Heggie: Top-shelf stuff.
Roy Frazer: Porn?
Ray Heggie: That's what I said.
Roy Frazer: Straight?
Ray Heggie: I'm not a poof.
Roy Frazer: I meant, was there any lezzie action?
Ray Heggie: Might have been.
Roy Frazer: Bondage? Animals? Kids?
Ray Heggie: I'm not into any of that, I've told you.
Roy Frazer: Your ex says different.
Ray Heggie: That slut'd say anything. Wait till I see her...
Roy Frazer: Anything happens to her, Mr Heggie, if she so much as catches a cold, I'll have you back in here. Understood?
Ray Heggie: I didn't mean anything. It's just a saying, isn't it? But she's been slagging me off, telling people I've got AIDS, you name it. Vindictive, she is. Any chance of a cuppa?
Roy Frazer: We'll take a break in five minutes. You've got a record of violence, Mr Heggie. My thinking is: you lost patience with the kid, didn't mean to hurt him. But a valve blew, and next thing you knew he was dead.
Ray Heggie: No.
Roy Frazer: So you had to hide him somewhere.
Ray Heggie: No. I keep telling you-
Roy Frazer: Where is he then? How come he goes missing and you turn out to have a record of hurting kids?
Ray Heggie: All you've got is Belinda's word for it! I'm telling you, get a doctor to look at Fliss. And even if it turns out someone's been poking her, no way it was me. No fucking way. Ask her.
Roy Frazer: We're doing that, Mr Heggie.
Ray Heggie: And if she says I did anything, her mum's put her up to it. I don't believe this, really I don't. You lot told Joanna. Now what's she going to think?
Roy Frazer: Why do you always shack up with single mothers?
Ray Heggie: Tell me this is a bad dream.
John Rebus: Did you know Darren Rough, Mr Heggie?
Ray Heggie: He's the one that got topped? Never knew him.
John Rebus: Never spoke to him?
Ray Heggie: We weren't in the same block.
John Rebus: You knew where he lived then?
Ray Heggie: It's been all over the papers. Perverted little bastard, whoever did it deserves a medal.
John Rebus: Why do you say he was "little"? He was, by the way. Not tall, at any rate. But it wasn't in the papers.
Ray Heggie: It's just...something you say, isn't it?
John Rebus: It's certainly something you say. Makes me think you'd seen him.
Ray Heggie: Maybe I had. It's not that big a scheme.
John Rebus: No, it's not. Everyone knows everyone else.
Ray Heggie: Until the council move in bastards they can't put anywhere else.
John Rebus: So you might have seen Darren Rough around?
Ray Heggie: What difference does it make?
John Rebus: It's just that he liked young kids too. Paedophiles seem to be good at recognising one another.
Ray Heggie: I'm not a paedophile! I'd kill every last one of them.
John Rebus: Did you start with Darren?
Ray Heggie: What?
John Rebus: Get rid of him, you'd be a hero.
Ray Heggie: So now I didn't just do in Billy, I topped the pervert as well?
John Rebus: Is that what you're telling us?
Ray Heggie: I haven't killed anyone!
John Rebus: How did you get on with Billy, by the way? Must've been awkward, having him around, you wanting Joanna all to yourself.
Ray Heggie: He's a nice kid.
Roy Frazer: Sit down, Mr Heggie.
Ray Heggie: He's trying to set me up!
John Rebus: I'm just after the truth.
Roy Frazer: Inspector Rebus leaving the interrogation room.