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The Complaints

By Ian Rankin

The Complaints
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011,
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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.

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"Starred Review. Rankin's plotting and prose are as compelling as ever." - Kirkus

"Starred Review... Few authors equal his character-driven crime fiction that pulls the reader into such vividly drawn place and plot. Highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. A new series from the internationally best-selling Rankin is very big news in the mystery world..." - Booklist

"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 (UK)

"Rankin delivers... an excellent cop novel full of action, good dialogue, well-crafted characters and an authentic backdrop." - The Times (UK)

"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." -The Independent (UK)

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Ian Rankin Author Biography

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French ...

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