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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Rankin Narrator: Peter Forbes Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Malcolm Fox Series Release Date:
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The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes the Complaints must travel.

A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.

In his newest pulse-pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Always inspired when he’s writing about social outcasts and professional rejects, Rankin does well by these pariah cops—especially Fox, who’s looking good for the long haul.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Expertly crafted…Fox and friends are compelling enough to preserve Rankin’s rep as one of the great spinners of brainy crime fiction.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Rankin juggles all of these plots with consummate ease and brings the whole thing to a truly exciting conclusion. This is lean, addictive stuff.”

    Washington Post

  • “It is our interest in this supremely ordinary man and his family that keeps us reading The Impossible Dead—which is in itself something that Rankin can be proud of.”

    Financial Times

  • The Impossible Dead is taut, compulsive and hugely satisfying, with plenty to say about the limits of memory and the dangers of historical idealism.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Malcolm Fox proves a worthy successor to John Rebus…satisfyingly layered…Rankin elegantly weaves together the two story lines.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rankin has created a wonderfully rounded character who only stands to become more compelling in future installments.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alice | 2/20/2014

    " An enjoyable read, but lacks the punch of character development of Rankin's Rebus series. Well plotted and political but a little flat. Interesting that the author never gives much physical description of his characters. Some nice family interplay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Stevens | 2/17/2014

    " I like Malcolm Fox and the story of Scots nationalists from agitators in the 1970s to administrators in the 1990s is interesting. I didn't appreciate the 'thriller' aspects tho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dolores | 2/16/2014

    " Loved the Rebus books and was a bit nervous that this new series wouldn't live up to those high standards. Needn't have worried though another great book and character from Rankin! He never disappoints! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mandy | 2/11/2014

    " I truly love Ian Rankin's writing but I felt this particular story was a bit pedestrian and possibly a little contrived given the current political climate in Scotland. I felt his characters over reacted to situations for the sake for dramatic effect, which was really the only drama to be found in the tale. I'm a little disappointed in this one. "

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