Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Complaints - (not complaining)

I've been sitting on this review for quite awhile because I personally get frustrated when I read a review, want the book NOW, and then can't get it. Previously released in the UK popular crime writer Ian Rankin's newest offering since retiring his popular hero Det. Insp. John Rebus should start appearing on US shelves this week!

The Complaints

Title: The Complaints
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Little Brown & Company (Hachette Books)
Genre: Fiction/Crime/Suspense
Pages: 448 (Hardcover)
On Sale: March 7, 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.

My Take:

Twist and turns and kept me guessing until the final chapter, even though I announced more than once I had "figured it out". Set in Scotland there was a bit of learning curve figuring out the police hierarchy & system but I loved hearing the voices of the characters in my head speaking with an accent.
Certainly a step out of the box for me genre wise (not an ounce of steam involved) this is a great story, well written and worthy of a mention to those who enjoy the crime/mystery genre.


Chris said...

Glad it was a good read for you!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I'm not into detective/crime literature but based on your review, I think I'll go ahead and check out the sample on my Kindle. If it hooks me, I'm in. ;)