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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.
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.
©2010 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Hachette
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By L. O. Pardue on 03-11-14

No Complaints!!

I was wary about starting this book because I didn’t think I could enjoy a story about Internal Affair type police procedurals. I should have known that Ian Rankin would do it right as I was delighted to find out that the story was an excellent listen from the very beginning. Just like Rankin’s best known series about John Rebus, Edinburgh’s Inspector Malcolm Fox of “The Complaints” is someone you will care about deeply before the book ends. Fox, like Rebus, will do the right thing and diligently follow every lead – no matter who will get hurt. The story starts with a “complaint” that Fox is requested to take by a special group concerning Det. Sgt. Jamie Breck. That complaint is soon followed by an investigation into the death of Fox’s sister’s partner – by Breck. Soon both events appear to be related.

I could not wait to hear each segment of the story and enjoyed the narration by Peter Forbes, including the Scottish brogue. I especially loved the scenes with his elderly father, abused sister and the accused Det. Sgt. Jamie Breck. Fox is the type of guy you wish were part of your family.

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By Martha on 12-05-11

Excellent Use of a Credit

This was my introduction to Ian Rankin. I love British detective fiction and have listened to every Stuart MacBride book available on Audible. So I thought I'd give Ian Rankin a try. And I'm really glad I did. He is a terrific author who really knows how to weave a great mystery. The character he introduces in this book, Malcolm Fox, is nothing like John Rebus. I have since listened to a few audiobooks in his Rebus series and love them as well. There is another Malcolm Fox book, "The Impossible Dead" that is also really good. I hope this is a continuing series as I would really like to know what happens to Malcolm next.
The narrator, Peter Forbes, does a very good job as well. I think he should read all of the Malcolm Fox books so as to provide continuity. I would buy more books read by him.

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