By Ian Rankin
Reagan Arthur Books, Hardcover, 9780316039741, 448pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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.
PRAISE FOR THE COMPLAINTS:
"Rankin is a master at what, for me, is one of the important aspects of a crime novel: the integration of setting, plot, characters and a theme which, for Rankin, is the moral dimension never far from his writing. . . . Fox is so fully realised and interesting a character, his job in "the complaints" so fraught with fascinating possibilities, that we can surely hope to meet him again."
"With its Edinburgh setting, suave crime lords and renegade officers, The Complaints will be familiar territory to Rebus fans -- even if its hero isn't. Getting to know this man, an intriguing mix of apathy and action, is almost like a courtship--each new situation reveals something that makes the reader want to know yet more."
"Rankin delivers . . . an excellent cop novel full of action, good dialogue, well-crafted characters and an authentic backdrop."