Bleeding Hearts: A Novel by Ian Rankin

By Ian Rankin

Michael Weston is paid prosperous his paintings and ask no questions. whilst you're a qualified murderer, overall secrecy is a part of the activity. yet after a winning venture in London, the police are instantly on his tail. How did they know the way to discover him? And who's his nameless business enterprise? Why did she or he wish his goal, a television reporter, killed? used to be he arrange from the beginning? The questions lead Weston to his nemesis Hoffer, a personal detective who has been searching him for years. Ever given that Weston unintentionally killed an blameless American woman, her grieving father has hired Hoffer on a continuing project to carry Weston to justice. may well Hoffer ultimately have set a snare that labored? Weston units out to discover his mysterious service provider, touring from London to Glasgow to Seattle-even if it ability encountering Hoffer face-to-face finally. With the intense eye for personality and taut pacing that experience made him an the world over popular bestseller, Ian Rankin grants a gripping tale that examines what occurs whilst the murderer turns into the objective, and proves once more that "in Rankin, you can't cross wrong" (Boston Globe).

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Obvious and inevitable. First lesson learned: Don’t go where it’s comfortable. Something bad will be waiting. I don’t remember any swear words yet, so under my breath I just repeat formless murmurs. Like grunting, only they would be words if I could remember. There was no swearing in the Dreamtime. How wrong was that? What could they possibly… “I want it to stop,” I croak. ” I begin to rant. I’m special, I have needs, I have a job to do—once I get my act together. I’m going to be important. I get so angry I start to feel weak.

We stand. We walk. One by one, beginning with Pushingar, we run forward—I think, I hope. I have no idea where we’re going and suspect neither does the little girl. Maybe Pushingar or the other two know something, but they’re not talking—just running. The floor is getting very cold. It’s starting all over again, variations on a nasty theme. Chasing heat, staying alive, seeking food—seeking answers really low on the list of my frustrated basic drives. Minutes of running. Maybe only seconds. But something visible ahead—a wall.

Last chance. I stretch my legs, connect solidly with the edge of the sheet, kick as hard as I can, and arrow toward the fistula. The sheet spins and moves off in the general direction of a new heaviness. … I glide toward it, arguably toward the safer option, hungry, scared out of my wits. I see it behind me again, the toothy snout and beak so close! I can smell its acid, sour-sweet breath— I’m through! I slam into the far surface of the tube, then scramble for purchase with my raw knees and feet and hands to get out of the way of what I know is coming— The rasp and head thrusts through the fistula, beak snapping, teeth gnashing, meshing, gnashing in reverse, then withdrawing behind thick lips, the whole apparatus sphinctering shut.

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