Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Fans of Rankin's Det. Insp. John Rebus will be disappointed by this so-so police procedural, his second stand-alone since Rebus 'retired' (after Doors Open). Malcolm Fox call him Rebus 'Lite' (he doesn't drink, he broods less, and he has none of Rebus's wit) works for the Scottish equivalent of Internal Affairs, 'Complaints and Conduct' (aka 'the Complaints'), which investigates corrupt cops. Fox looks into the case of Det. Sgt. Jamie Breck, who may be trading in child pornography over the Internet. Meanwhile, when Vince Faulkner, Fox's sister's lover and abuser, turns up dead, Fox becomes a murder suspect. A torturously complicated plot follows involving the suspicious suicide of a failing property developer, large-scale money laundering, and crookedness at every level of Scottish society, but nothing's really at stake. As always with Rankin, Scotland itself is a main character 'the whole of Scotland's in meltdown,' says Fox and that may be this tepid novel's main attraction. 10-city author tour. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"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." The Guardian
"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."
--Rebecca Armstrong, The Independent
"Rankin delivers . . . an excellent cop novel full of action, good dialogue, well-crafted characters and an authentic backdrop."
--Marcel Berlins, The Times
About the Author
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.