The Complaints (Malcolm Fox #1)
Then the reluctant Fox is given a new...more
And, of course, like so many police procedural protagonists, he breaks the rules. Breaks them a lot. I got somewhat tired of the fact that time after time Fox is told not to do...more
Fox is asked to assist in a child pornography case, one where another local cop has been implicated. The thinking is that Complaints has more far reaching investigative authority. Unfortunate...more
Set in Edinburgh, the background of the city adds to the dark tone of The Compla...more
After reading Rankin's Watchman, I had huge hopes for this. Don't get me wrong. The book wasn't a waste of time. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't anything special.
What had me excited to read it is that it's from the point of view of a detective in the Complaints (or Internal Affairs). How great was it going to be to see things from the other side so to speak? Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
When other poli...more
This book has lots of threads which are slowly lain before us as the chapters evolve and then tied up nicely at the end. The story focuses on a member of the police complaints who finds himsel...more
Ian Rankin retired his series detective, John Rebus, in Exit Music. This book brings us Detective Inspector Malcolm Fox of "the Complaints," the department that investigates crooked police. It's a fascinating look from the other side, as I've read several police novels where the hero gets investigated on a false charge (including John Rebus).
Edinburgh and surrounding areas are once more brought in all their gritty glory, with the criminal underside to match. Once more, unkn...more
The main characters in this story are Malcolm Fox, who leads the Complaints & Conduct department of the Edinburgh police force, widely known as The Complaints, and Jamie Breck, a cop who is suspected of being a member of a pedophile ring. Having just brought...more
I think the major disappointment was the lack of more gruesome details and of dramatic events. The book is quite mellow-paced and the plot development is very laid back...more
The Complaints opens with Malcolm Fox closing a case against a dirty cop, Glen Heaton, followed by a visit to Child Protection (CEOP) where DS Inglis enlists his aid in investigating a cop, Jamie Breck, accused of pedophilia.
Then the unexpected hits—Vince, Jude's boyfriend, is found murdered and DS Breck is in charge giving Fox the opportunity to get to know his target. And Breck to learn more about his suspect.
This is the point where it feels a bit manufactured. Fox is such a law-abidi...more
The Edinborough police do not like The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops, the internal complaints unit. 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 won’t admit she’s in an abusive relationship even when her brother finds her with an unex...more
After he closes a case against one particularly egregious offender, he’s asked to work with another division on a child pornography case. The suspect...more
There were a few slow spots in the story, and I never felt much suspense since the main character didn't seem upset or scared. The mystery was fairly complex and kept my inte...more
03/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 448 pages
Where do the good guys finish in the race of life?
Malcolm Fox was one of the good guys. He was a clean cop that monitors the ones that were not always making sure that his principles were upheld. Foxy worked in Edinburgh for the division called The Complaints and Conduct Department and had the character of a slow and steady man making careful decisions and well thought out plans. He took care of his agi...more
Foxy works for the complaints, which is to say he investigates other police officers. Like Rebus before him, he is a flawed character. This makes him seem very life-like and I think he will grow to be as well loved as the character of Rebus.
The plot is as good as any that's gone before, with clever twists and great secondary chara...more
The Complaints are the internal affairs of the Edinburgh police force. Having put away a dodgy policeman.... Malcolm Fox is given the task of bringing Jamie Breck to justice. There is a paedophile ring run from Australia and Jamie has joined through his credit card but not yet submitted the 25 pictures for full membership.
This is a great start, not least because Jamie Breck is quite charming and diligent at his job. The...more
'Mustn't complain' - but people always do... Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as 'The Dark Side', or simply 'The Complaints'. It's where Malcolm Fox works. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he's a man with problems of his own. He has an increasingly frail father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship -...more
Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as 'the Dark Side', or simply 'The Complaints'. Malcolm Fox works for The Complaints. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he's middle-aged, sour and unwell. He also has a father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship.
In the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh wi...more
But it rapidly descended into tartan noir by numbers. Malcolm Fox...more
How much do I love Ian Rankin’s work? Like most Rankin fans I enjoyed his first non Rebus novel, Doors Open, but found it woefully below the standard that he had set. So as he introduced his latest character Malcolm Fox, another Scottish Police officer trying to do right by the law, I found myself nervously excited that it be good. While it was not Rebus at his best, Fox delivered exactly what I was looking for, especially for a first outing.
Too often the guys who police the Police are often por...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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has be...more