Can’t complain

28 12 2010

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Another not a Rebus novel from Rankin, this time featuring a bit of a different kind of copper, Malcolm Fox:

Fox is part of the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the police force (better known as ‘The Complaints’) — and the reason for that unpopularity is clear to see: this is the department designed to root out corruption in the force and investigate suspect officers. The current target for Fox is policeman Glenn Heaton of the CID, who has often sailed close to the edge; now there appears to be material for a case against him. But at the same time, another cop, Jamie Breck, is suspected of being part of a ring indulging in child abuse.

It’s not bad and shows that Rankin can leave Rebus behind and still deliver a distinctive policeman as a very good lead character, in Edinburgh, and provide an entertaining plot with a number of very good twists. Worth a go.

[Read on ipad]

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