I run a query from an apex class (with sharing), and I get no results I can be sure the user doesn't have permissions (if I know otherwise that the records do exist).
But can I get this information without running a query?
I was thinking of the <object_name>Share objects but I suppose they aren't created for manual and rule based sharing?
Edit: Why I want no query? Here's my real scenario. In a VF page displaying multiple records, I need to show an 'Edit' button against records for which the current user has edit permissions. My question should've been clearer; sincere apologies.