The Complaints

  • by Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by Peter Forbes
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Martha

Not Rebus, but better than the last book

I can't imagine why Ian Rankin stopped writing about Rebus, his long running series character, as it was as though he had found his voice - so why toss it away? The first non-Rebus book was simply dreadful. But The Complaints is heading in the right direction. Not surprisingly, the main character has some Rebus-like characteristics, and perhaps that's what makes it a decent book. Good mystery, the reader is on target, and it had some characters I could see developing into people I would want to follow in future books. He (Rankin) will hopefully get his feet under him again, and we will have more years of Rankin audio books to enjoy. I have every one of the books available in audio, and find them fun to return to when I know I want a book I can rely on.
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- Terry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio