2/2. As Rebus investigates an unsolved murder someone kidnaps and suspends his brother over the Forth Bridge. Ian Rankin's novel is dramatised by Chris Dolan.
When DS Brian Holmes is left in a coma after being severely beaten, Rebus discovers his colleague's black notebook contains coded clues on a case involving arson and murder. Five years before, a mysterious fire burned down Edinburgh's seedy Central Hotel. All the staff and customers were accounted for but an unidentified body was found in the rubble. The post mortem revealed the victim had died from a bullet through the heart before the fire broke out.
The attack on his brother can only mean that Rebus is close to deciphering the secrets of the black book - but can he track down those responsible for the Central Hotel murder before they decide that it will take more than a warning to stop his investigation?
Other parts played by the cast.
Producer/director: Bruce Young