Gregor Jack has it all: young, wealthy, and charming, hes a highly respected member of Parliament, with a beautiful wifeand a closet bursting with skeletons. When hes caught in a police raid on an Edinburgh brothel, his house of cards begins to topple. Enter Detective John Rebus: he smells a setup. When Jacks flamboyant wife Elizabeth disappears, Rebus uncovers a fullhouse of orgies, drunken parties, an incestuous "Pack" of deceitful chums...and ultimately Elizabeths badly beaten body. Now Rebus is on a new questto find a killer who holds all the cards.