The Complaints. Finished audio 1-14-20, 4/5 stars, mystery, pub. 2009
Unabridged audio read by Peter Forbes.
Book 1 in the Malcom Fox series
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. from Goodreads
Fox is a good cop who investigates bad cops, so imagine his surprise when someone turns the table and suddenly he’s on the wrong side. He finds himself sympathetic to the suspected and at the same time goes too far in helping his sister, enough so that he is the one under suspicion. Fox brings a sense of good even when you aren’t sure he’s doing the right thing, you trust him but you’re not sure why. Maybe some of the trust you feel is because of his relationships with his father and sister. Both relationships strain for different reasons and yet Fox never wavers in his attitude toward them. A good solid read for lovers of Scottish mysteries or police procedurals.
I picked up this book at our library sale because it was Ian Rankin (my most read author last year) and the book was in brand new condition. I started it thinking it was a standalone. Turns out it’s the first of a new character who will eventually share books with Rankin’s other series with John Rebus. I’ll probably read more with Rebus first because he has more books before the two characters meet, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it connected to a series I already love.
I recommend anything that Rankin writes 🙂
6 thoughts on “The Complaints by Ian Rankin”
I’ve only read a few of his books but agree he’s a strong writer. I can’t keep up with all these terrific authors!
It’s impossible to keep up. I was charmed we he came to one our local libraries last year so that helps 🙂
Somehow I have never read Rankin. I’m sure that’s a major oversight!
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I guess that depends on what you’re in the mood to read 🙂
Glad this is a good start to a series!