The Complaints by Ian Rankin

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Nobody likes The Complaints--they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's a department known within the force as "The Dark Side," and it's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything.

Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There's a cop named Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks--dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.

In THE COMPLAINTS, Rankin proves again why he is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling crime writers, mixing unstoppable pacing with the deeper question of who decides right from wrong.
 

About Ian Rankin

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Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published March 7, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Having just wound up his enquiry into the possible malfeasance of Glen Heaton, a longtime pal of Fox’s boss, Chief Inspector McEwan, he’s asked to look into another Heaton associate, DS Jamie Breck, who might be a pedophile.

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Fox is a bear of a man in his early 40s whose drink problem is that he doesn't allow himself to drink, although he spends a lot of time with his team of two in a bar in New Town.

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The Guardian

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The Complaints is the second Ian Rankin novel since John Rebus retired in Exit Music, and readers who are still suffering from Rebus deprivation are likely to be heartened by the arrival of a cop who shows every sign of being as eminently suitable as his successor.

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Suspense rules fiction this week, with a new cop protagonist from Ian Rankin, a tale by Lars Kepler that rivals the Dragon Tattoo series, and a debut novel inspired by Sherlock Holmes. In nonfiction, there's a history of ballet and Patti LuPone's memoir of the Great White Way.

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Book Reporter

Ian Rankin is best known for his Detective John Rebus police procedurals.

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The Washington Times

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The Complaints is an intriguing place, and it will be surprising if Malcolm Fox doesn’t outfox John Rebus in the years ahead.

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The Telegraph

When, in 2007, Ian Rankin retired his much-loved sleuth DI John Rebus after 17 novels, even Gordon Brown was moved to place himself among the “vast and loyal following of readers who still can’t believe that Rebus has gone”.

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The Bookbag

By half way through – if I even stopped to think – my only quibble would be whether this is as good as Rebus at his best (The Falls, Fleshmarket Close and The Naming of the Dead are my choices) or whether it's the best he's ever written.

Jan 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Complaints

Bookmarks Magazine

As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks--dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.

In THE COMPLAINTS, Rankin proves again why he is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling crime writers, mixing ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

James Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4 of 5 Stars "The events that follow are complex and compelling, a plot masterfully spun by the prolific Ian Rankin, who matches the elements that have marked the novels of his successful Inspector Rebus series.

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Kings River Life

When her sister’s partner suddenly gets killed, he himself becomes a suspect in an investigation, and to complicate things further the cop he has just been called upon to investigate next, a man called Jamie Breck, turns out to be the very same policeman who is investigating Fox as a possible mur...

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The Christian Manifesto

alcolm Fox had a thankless job working in the Complaints Department for the Scotland’s Edinburg police.

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Though it is unclear whether THE COMPLAINTS is intended as the first in a new series, the ending leaves that possibility open and I would be very happy to see Malcolm Fox return very soon.

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