Rebus is juggling four cases trying to nail one killer - who might just lead back to the infamous Bible John. And he's doing it under the scrutiny of an internal inquiry led by a man he has just accused of taking backhanders from Glasgow's Mr Big.
As if this wasn't enough, there are TV cameras at his back investigating a miscarriage of justice, making Rebus a criminal in the eyes of a million or more viewers.
Just one mistake is likely to mean an unpleasant and not particularly speedy death or, worse still, losing his job.
Read by James Macpherson
(p) 2000 Orion Publishing Group