The Impossible Dead (Malcolm Fox #2)
Malcolm Fox returns in the stunning second novel in Ian Rankin's series...
Malcolm Fox and his team are back, investigating whether fellow cops covered up for Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct, but what should be a simple job is soon complicated by a brutal murder and a weapon that should not even exist.
A trail of revelations leads Fox back...more
Thing is he doesn't even break the rules in ...more
Anyway… Rankin is a master of the craft of crime fiction writing. He understands how to create detectives and criminals. He knows how to make settings come alive and become characters in his novels.
Fox, Rankin's new protagonist, is divorced, in his 40s, and he's quieter than Rebus. He doesn't drink alcohol; he enjoys Appletiser. He's objective, and he’s a gentleman. He works for 'The Complaints' aka The Internal Affai ...more
And you care about the very sticky situation Matthew Fox finds himself in— ...more
I listened to the audiobook narrated by the estimable Peter Forbes, who makes the Scottish accent understandable but ...more
Fox and his team are sent to investigate laxity in a police department after one of the ...more
'He's not here,' the desk sergeant said.
'So where is he?'
'Out on a call.'
Fox stared hard at the man, knowing it wouldn't do any good. The sergeant was one of those old-timers who reckoned they'd seen it all anf faced most of it down. Fox glanced at the next name on his list.
I need to get this under my belt before embarking on Standing In Another Man's Grave where Rebus and Fox meet up *swoon*
Cracking storyline, ...more
Καταφθάνει στο Φάιφ με την ομάδα του, τον Τόνι Κέι και τον Τζόι Νέι ...more
This is the second novel in Rankin’s new series featuring the policemen who represented the “Complaints” group within Scotland’s legal system. They roughly correspond to our American Internal Affairs Department with their mandate to investigate infractions within the police department itself. The usual crew is here: Malcolm Fox, the leader, Tony Kaye, and Joe Navsmith. The group works well together, and the interplay is often the pivotal part of the ...more
I liked 'The Complaints' and I liked the fact that Inspector Malcolm Fox is the antithesis of John Rebus, he doesn't drink and he is one of the policemen th ...more
Malcolm Fox and his team set out to tackle a mundane case of police corruption and cover up and stumble on to a long ago murder that everyone has forgotten. Stung by his father thinking he is not a 'real' cop, Fox sets out to ...more
Ian Rankin is one of those “lucky” authors and so we are not surprised to receive yet another great novel from him. In this his main protagonist is inspector Malcolm Fox whom we’ve first met in his previous novel, The Complaints, who’s now called to ...more
Mesmo (ainda) não tendo lido o primeiro volume desta sér ...more
Fox is still dealing with his troubled sister and his aging father. Meanwhile at work he and his coll ...more
What begins as a seemingly simple affair - Malcom Fox and his Internal Affairs colleagues, dubbed the Complaints, investigate allegations made about Detective Paul Carter - quickly descends into the past and, oninously for Fox, a terrorist group that was part of the Scottish Nationalist movement back in the 80s. Rankin ties the various threads together perfectly; he's a veteran of the contemporary crime ...more
This one starts *very* ...more
the story didnt go anywhere for me, no great surprises, no twists , no turns, and a tad too much time talking about Fox's dad.
Therefore Fox's character can't really compete with Rebus in terms of charisma, which tends to slightly harm the Fox novels and is perhaps why Rankin has placed the rather weaker Fox character along with Rebus in "The Saints of the Shadow Bible" and why I can see Rankin pairing the (now) DI Clarke with Fox in future novels when Rebus ...more
As with many good mysteries, The Impossible Dead starts out in one direction, a fairly easy role for the Complaints team to investigate a nearby department's improper handling of a citizen accusation against one of their own, and branches off into something considerably more ...more
What I especially enjoyed abou ...more
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; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more