The Impossible Dead

The Impossible Dead

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Reagan Arthur Book/Little, Brown and Company, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316039772
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 24, 2019

Since I've never read any of the Rebus novels, I went into this book without any preconceived notions. I never read the first book of this series either, and I still found this one could easily stand on it's own. I found it engaging and very realistic. I will definitely read more in this series.

An excellent tale wound in political intrigue if the Scottish nationalist movement. I enjoyed the characters' Idiosyncrasies.

rb3221 Jul 04, 2016

Since I am a John Rebus fan, I had some difficulty warming up to Malcolm Fox and his somewhat uninspiring side kicks. Fox, working for the Complaints or Internal Affairs, is trying to solve a complicated case.
The plot starts very slowly, is occasionally difficult to follow and eventually leads to a tense and dramatic ending. Overall a reasonably good novel but for me not one of Rankin's best.

Feb 22, 2014

A "Inspector Morse in Scotland" type of easygoing and slow paced narrative, not a gripping or suspenseful mystery. The premise of a detective from the Complaints dept (Brit equivalent of Internal Affairs in US) sets up additional barriers to the investigations. The interactions between the three characters of the team is well developed, not so much with the rest of the world. Worth adding to the bottom of the reading list than the top.

Feb 15, 2014

Enjoyed an innocuous comment in here that alludes to Rebus. A Nice a hah moment for DI Rebus fans to catch.

Jan 26, 2014

Ian Rankin's Malcolm Fox is good; it will take another couple of books to further develop his character.

AuntJane Jun 28, 2013

Like others I look for Rebus in the corners, but this is a good series and I look forward to reading the next installment!

Mar 12, 2013

I didn't like this one nearly as much as "The Complaints." The ending was forced, it was the proverbial rabbit pulled out of a hat at the last minute to make the book work and to supposedly make the reader gasp

Mar 08, 2013

I enjoyed this - Fox is being a bit of a rebel by being "a true detective" - not what people expect from someone in "Complaints".

Feb 22, 2013

Malcom Fox book 2

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