The Complaints

The Complaints 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

  • Title: The Complaints
  • Author: Ian Rankin
  • ISBN: 9780752889511
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 newNobody 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 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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    About “Ian Rankin

    • Ian Rankin

      AKA Jack Harvey.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 Hawthornden Fellow He is also a past winner of the Chandler Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year s best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.A contributor to BBC2 s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin s Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sonscmillan author ianrankin



    200 thoughts on “The Complaints

    • With this book, Ian Rankin, the author of the very popular series featuring Scottish detective John Rebus, introduces a new protagonist, Malcolm Fox. Fox is also a Scottish police detective, but he belongs to the Complaints and Conduct division, usually known as the Complaints, which is the Scottish equivalent of Internal Affairs. Fox and his colleagues investigate other cops who have been accused of improper conduct.As the book opens, Fox is assigned to investigate another detective, Jamie Brec [...]


    • Πάντοτε ξέρω πως κάθε φορά που νιώθω μια λογοτεχνική "κούραση" και χρειάζομαι κάτι ευκολοδιάβαστο, γρήγορο και με πλοκή που θα κρατήσει αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον μου, μπορώ να καταφύγω στα αγαπημένα μου αστυνομικά. Το συγκεκριμένο, λοιπόν, το είχα αγοράσει πέρυσι θέλοντας να δι [...]


    • I read this book in reverse order. I read the second book in the series first but had no difficulty appreciating both truly extraordinary mysteries from, in my view, the master of UK crime fiction, Ian Rankin. This first book in Rankin's new series sets up the characters operating in one of Edinburgh's Internal Affairs units known in the UK as the "Complaints". This is a brilliantly crafted novel that challenged my deductive reasoning process with it's mind numbing plot complexity and surprising [...]


    • Finalmente acabei. Não foi uma boa escolha para terminar uma temporada sem ler. Acho que será bom para alguém que goste deste género e este estilo de escrita simples.Pontos positivos:. É fácil de ler (embora consuma tempo) A história é bem pensada pelo autor Mostra bem a Escócia É tudo claramente resolvido no fim.Pontos negativos:. Não há uma visão clara da personalidade de cada personagem e não é fácil o leitor sentir alguma espécie de conexão com alguma delas Embora seja narr [...]


    • I listened to the Audiobook version of this book narrated by Peter Forbes. He did an excellent job. I’ve generally been impressed by the readers of the audiobooks I have listened to – the free librivox ones aren’t in the same league as the paid for versions (or in my case borrowed from the library versions)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 [...]


    • ~3.5**Note: This is a reaction--a few ill-considered opinions not backed up by textual evidence-- rather than a review.**It's always interesting to read a book from the perspective of the IAD/Complaints/Watchers of the Watchmen. As always, the watchers turn out to be just as corrupt as the watchmen. The Complaints introduces a new protagonist, Malcom Fox, who turns out to be just as rough-edged and difficult as John Rebus. I'm not sure what I think about him or his morals, but I found him a bit [...]


    • Crime fiction. I've always been of the impression that it is highly schematic, tightly plotted and more interested in the workings of that plot than the workings of its characters. It is that, and this is such an example. The best crime fiction blends plot with character, and usually ends up saying something about the world we live in today.Ian Rankin, one of the UK's brightest stars in the crime writing world, made his name with the Rebus novels. I read one of those many years ago, Fleshmarket [...]


    • The Complaints by Ian RankinBook 1 in the Malcolm Fox series4 ★’s From The Book: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, a [...]


    • Insp. John Rebus has retired, so from Rankin we now get a different type of cop: Malcolm Fox, who works for The Complaints and Conduct, the cops who investigate other cops. He and his team have just finished a case involving veteran officer Glen Heaton, meaning The Complaints has stirred up some more anger. Fox is also dealing with his sister, who is being physically abused by her live-in boyfriend, when he's asked to start investigating another cop who worked with Heaton, this time as part of a [...]


    • I liked the twists and turns of this one. As others have mentioned, I found the pace a little slow and the book could have been shorter.


    • Η Σκοτεινή Πλευρά είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο του Rankin που διαβάζω, και με έκανε να ενδιαφερθώ πραγματικά για την αστυνομική λογοτεχνία. Η ροή των γεγονότων έχει τη σωστή ταχύτητα, η ιστορία έχει ενδιαφέρον και με κράτησε μέχρι το τέλος και οι χαρακτήρες είναι καλογραμμένοι. Σίγ [...]



    • I know Scottish writer Ian Rankin is best known for his award-winning series featuring a detective named John Rebus, but somehow I missed reading all of those. Instead, I stumbled on this book and was intrigued by the title and set-up. I'm really glad I picked it up.The book focuses on Malcolm Fox, a detective inspector from Edinburgh who works in "The Complaints," a department we in America would refer to as Internal Affairs. Fox has scored a major triumph in a case -- but in short order he is [...]


    • It is time I got caught up on my reviews. I've been just listening to audio books while traveling. Why do audio book readers insist on reading with accents? In the case of this book it's a Scottish brogue. I know the protagonist, Malcolm Fox is Scottish, and is on the Edinburgh police department. It doesn't add anything for me when the voices are done in accent, but maybe that's just me. This stand-alone mystery is very good, however. I like the characters and police procedures.


    • 4.5 stars really. An excellent plot line in this book but, following after the amazing Exit Music, this one didn't quite measure up to that fabulous Rebus swan song. The Complaints introduces Malcolm Fox; smart, calculating and a bit of a rule breaker himself. Inside sources told me Fox's and Rebus' paths do intersect in the next Rebus book after Exit Music, so wanted to get to know Fox in his two solo pieces first. I was not one bit disappointed with The Complaints. Although Fox is no Rebus, he [...]


    • This got off to a great start and I felt it was an improvement on Doors Open.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 ea [...]


    • I found myself instantly liking the protagonist Malcolm Fox. He struggles with a history of alcoholism, has a father in a care home, and a sister who is in an abusive relationship and has her own rocky time with drinking. Along with the many things he has to juggle in his personal life, his work in the "Complaints" earns him the contempt and hostility of fellow police officers. Those in the Complaints are asked (none too kindly) how they could "turn on one of their own", and if they are "without [...]


    • If you love great mysteries set in different locales, you'll enjoy the Complaints set in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Complaints is the Scottish version of our Internal Affairs. And we're introduced to Scottish police, politics and great locales. Malcolm is part of the Complaints team, when he's embroiled into a real tough case of dirty politics and corrupt policemen. Plenty of twists and turns with tons of drama and curvy surprises to keep you at the edge of the seat. We follow Malcolm's every move [...]


    • I really like Rankin's writing style but I'm unlikely to pick up another Malcolm Fox novel. There's clearly a reason the Rebus series is more popular & well known.



    • I enjoyed listening to this book on c.d. in my car because it was read by a Scottish person and I love that accent. Malcolm Fox is a likeable if dour hero and I admire his sobriety.



    • I liked this book. I didn't love it but it was acceptable. I don't know if maybe Ian Rankin needs a little time to fully engross himself into the character of Malcolm Fox (as this is the debut novel in the series) or if he intends to flesh out the personality a bit more, but in this book I just felt like something was lacking.Malcolm Fox is a respected member of the Complaints and Conduct department in the police force. He and his team are responsible for investigating other police officers who [...]


    • Ian Rankin’s Detective Inspector John Rebus, of the Edinburgh homicide department, is upon initial encounter, and long after, one of the freshest flawed heroes in crime fiction. Rebus is a juicer, a failure with relationships in general and a bane to specific women, a pain in the ass to his bosses, peers and underlings, a moody Celt given to bestirring the atmospheric misgivings of his brooding soul with the bulky melancholy of Scots troubadour of disquietude Jon Martyn’s most daunted album, [...]


    • Read some great reviews of this mystery series, so started with book one and quite enjoyed it, thought I'm not yet quite convinced that I must continue on. Malcolm Fox is a member of the police division popularly known as "The Complaints" (think Internal Affairs, so you can imagine how well liked they are). If police/crime is your genre, you're going to adore this book - the story is clever, with plenty of double-crosses (what crime is Fox REALLY investigating here? And whom? And why?) and a gre [...]


    • An excellent book with a brilliant plot. I like Rankin's new detective - it's always interesting when the police investigates the police. Inspector Fox is very Rankin'ish, grumpy and quiet and doggedly pursuing his hunches, which he claims he don't believe in. Intelligent and self-searching - he deserves the good woman that he did not find in this first volume. Would've been wrong too.An added pleasure was the excellent narrator Peter Forbes. Wonderfully Scottish, but much more than that. Am loo [...]


    • Isn Rankin's Malcolm Fox and the Complaints series is terrific. this is the first book in the series which i read when it came out, this reading was by audio book. highly recommended to mystery buffs.



    • This is a new detective for Ian Rankin, so maybe it will take several books to make him a more interesting person, but so far, I found both the character and the plot rather ho-hum.


    • A very good suspense. Fox grows on you, by the end of the book I wanted to read more. Start of a good series from a master storyteller


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