Ina Rankin's protagonist crime solver, John Rebus, behaves in typical fashion of being self-centered, a loner, not a team player, ignores policy, procedures, and department rules, rebellion against leadership, excessive smoking and drinking, etc., all in pursuit of a serial killer. The Rebus character's mantra is perseverance in pursuit of a principle, no matter the cost, is understandable, justifiable. and acceptable. While there are elements of intellect, and expert crime solving techniques and abilities shown by Rebus for most of this story, Rankin lets the story and reader persevere into boredom. Through Rebus's egocentric, obsession filled, delusional, unbelievable , and unrealistic assumptions and pursuit of the antagonist, he brings resolution and much welcomed closure to this tale.