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The Complaints by Ian Rankin
  

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August 2010 Book of the Month.

The complaints of the title is the ‘Complaints and Conduct Department’, a section of the police force which investigates the behaviour of other police officers. Rankin’s new character, Malcolm Fox, works for them. He’s very different from Rebus, being a moral and clean-living man but he is equally fascinating.

Rankin’s gritty Edinburgh is still central, and there is an evil, corrupt undercurrent to yet another brilliant police procedure thriller from a master of the genre. If you haven’t tried Rankin, this is an excellent place to start.

Comparison: Colin Dexter, Peter James, Mark Billingham.

If you like Ian Rankin you might also like to read books by Colin Dexter, Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Ian Rankin’s Doors Open, his first post-Rebus book, was much acclaimed, and demonstrated to Rankin fans that there would be much more choice material to follow from a favourite writer. And here is The Complaints, the first Rankin novel featuring a new central character, Edinburgh policeman, Malcolm Fox. Fox is a very different character from DI Rebus: he’s not a drinker (though he has been) and is more subtle in dealing with conflict than his predecessor. Fox works for the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the Edinburgh force (known as ‘The Complaints’) – a department not popular with coppers, as this is the section that deals with police corruption. Fox is after policeman Glenn Heaton of the CID, a man who has massaged the rules in the past; now he appears to have decisively crossed the line. Simultaneously, another detective, Jamie Breck, is under suspicion of being involved with a paedophile ring.
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Synopsis

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as 'the Dark Side', or simply 'The Complaints'. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he's middle-aged, sour and unwell. He also has a father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship. In the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There's a cop called Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. Problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when murder intervenes.

Reviews

'If you haven't tried Rankin, this is an excellent place to start.'
Sarah Broadhurst SUNDAY TIMES

'Ian Rankin efficiently exorcises the ghost of Rebus in this post-Rebus stand-alone novel, set in the police complaints department in a recession-riven Edinburgh'
METRO

'Another slick crime caper from a master at the top of his game'
(4 stars) NEWS OF THE WORLD

'a familiar Rankin blend of whodunnit, workplace soap opera and a spiky guide to Edinburgh, handled with flair and finesse. With The Complaints, the author conclusively shows that he can put together a satisfyingly complex detetective story without a Rolling Stones-loving, former SAS sleuth at its centre'
John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES

'The first Rankin novel featuring Edinburgh policeman, Malcolm Fox, a very different character from DI Rebus, who works for the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the Edinburgh force'
GOOD BOOK GUIDE

'Ian Rankin showed their was life after Rebus by creating a new set of Scottish police characters in the very satisfying THE COMPLAINTS'
DEADLY PLEASURES

About the Author

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

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Publication date

5th August 2010

Author

Ian Rankin

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781409103479

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