The Complaints

The Complaints

Book - 2009
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'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 - something which Malcolm cannot seem to do anything about.
But, in the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There's a cop called Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when a vicious murder intervenes far too close to home for Fox's liking.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2009.
ISBN: 9780752889511
Branch Call Number: FIC Ranki
Characteristics: 381 pages ; 25 cm.


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rb3221 May 01, 2016

A somewhat convoluted and unpredictable plot with lots of twists and turns. At times a slightly slow pace with numerous sub-plots and some peripheral characters that perhaps were not needed.
Malcolm Fox, works for the "Complaints" department that investigates 'dirty cops'. He begins investigating Jamie Breck and as the plot unfolds both are suspended but their relationship slowly turns to respect and finally friendship as they solve this complex case while off-duty.
Overall a good read and worth the effort but certainly not my favorite Rankin novel.

Apr 19, 2016

A boring police procedural that just dragged on and on... and on. Too many characters that I found hard to follow. I wanted to root for Malcolm Fox but found myself disliking him more and more as the story trudged on.

Apr 15, 2015

The book's too damn long, for what it has to say. From the middle on, my interest was lost. The action is to a minimum and there's too much ado about nothing.

Nov 17, 2014

A good page-turner. Unlike an earlier reviewer, I liked the place-setting details about Edinburgh and the character-setting of Fox's family details. Rankin's writing is a big step above most in the genre.

martins_mom Aug 22, 2014

I have read some of Rankin's 'Rebus' books, and was delighted to meet this other central character. Malcolm Fox is witty, self- deprecating and up hesitant to examine his life both person and professional. Write on!

Dec 17, 2013

After hearing about Rankin for a long while, i finally read this excellent book. It has been a long time since i have stayed up until two in the morning reading for two nights in a row.

AuntJane Apr 23, 2013

I went to an author talk given by Ian Rankin (an author I was not familiar with) and have been working my way through reading his books ever since. I started with Rebus in Black and Blue (called Rankins break through novel) and was sad to get to the end of his series. I like how Rankin captures the atmosphere of Edinburgh/Scotland and The Complaints with its host of different characters and locations doesn't disappoint.

Feb 22, 2013

Malcom Fox , book 1

Feb 19, 2013

I read some discouraging comments about this book and almost gave up on Rankin because of them. I'm glad I didn't. This was an extremely entertaining read and a worthy beginning for a successor to the Rebus series. Very enjoyable book

Jun 18, 2012

The core of the plot is contained in the last 100 pages. The previous pages are used to set up this part of the story. Too much digression in the way of visiting his sister, Jude, with her personal problems and his dad, Mitch, in the senior's home. I just got tired of Fox's concern for his family. Rankin also, IMO, allows much space to describing the present day problems in Edinburgh ...government, economy, and my goodness, the transportation tieups due to the trams. Too much filler for me. I liked the partnership he develops with Breck, however. His own people in Complaints take a back seat.

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