The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

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The Complaints: that's the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel.

A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.

In his newest pulse-pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.
 

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 November 21, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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If his own uncle, retired police officer Alan Carter, is to be believed, Detective Constable Paul Carter is certainly guilty of criminal misconduct for threatening Teresa Collins and two other women with harassment unless they met with him one-on-one in the back seat of his cruiser.

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How did you come to write The Impossible Dead?I was reading a newspaper and saw mention of a lawyer called William McRae.

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What the creator of Rebus also gives us in Fox – initially in the inspector's first outing, The Complaints, and again here – is another complex, driven policeman: difficult, largely miserable and lonely, but utterly real.

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But when the older man is found dead and surrounded by papers relating to a cold case from the mid-80s – the death in a car crash of a lawyer called Francis Vernal – Fox wonders if Carter might be guilty of something worse than lechery.

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Book Reporter

In similar fashion, Rankin left behind the Inspector John Rebus series to begin a new one featuring a group of Scottish officers known as “the Complaints.” "THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD is impossible to put down, and Rankin has created another complicated and endearing character."

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Entertainment Weekly

The Impossible Dead is Rankin's second book about Fox and his Complaints cohorts (the Scottish author ended his long-running and much-loved Inspector Rebus series in 2007), and it's riveting stuff.

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The Bookbag

I read a lot of crime – even quite a lot of good crime – and sometimes I wonder if Ian Rankin really can be as good as we think.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Malcolm Fox, who first appeared in THE COMPLAINTS, is still working for that unpopular department that investigates the misdeeds of other coppers.

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Express

What Rankin cleverly did was create a new character and place him in scenarios that are similar enough in style and content to invite comparisons while luring readers into pastures new.

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Look At OKC

A police inquiry in a remote Scottish village leads investigators to an earlier and more dangerous generation in Ian Rankin's “The Impossible Dead” (Little Brown, $25.99).

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We Love This Book

That feeling continues with The Impossible Dead, a second Malcolm Fox novel which confirms Fox as an intriguing character full of depth – and consolidates Rankin’s place at the forefront of the crime writing pack.

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Independent.ie

Although his superiors warn him off, Fox keeps digging into the violent events of 1985 and soon begins to suspect that some of those involved may have succeeded in hiding their violent past and could now be hiding in plain sight in positions of political and social influence.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jane Smiley Critical Summary Even from the early days of the Rebus series (Hide and Seek, Tooth and Nail, The Black Book), Ian Rankin has always been one of those crime writers who just gets it, penning novel after novel that deftly balances plot, atmosphere, and character.

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DNA

Nor does the standard device of portraying a more human detective — conflict with an imperfect family, a sobby sister and ailing father here — add to Fox’s personality.

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