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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Complaints Synopsis

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.

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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ISBN: 9781409103479
Publication date: 05/08/2010
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780752889511
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409103479
Publication date: 5th August 2010
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About 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 ...

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