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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316039772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316039772
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fox is an engaging character from the downtrodden-but-righteous-rozzer school, and Peter Forbes's attuned reading keeps the ever-complicating plot rattling along. -- Karen Robinson THE SUNDAY TIMES 20111212 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

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Very good and gripping!
gbargentina
Rankin does an excellent job with the complex plot (for which he's well known) and with his multi-dimensional characters.
Michael K. Smith
This is the first Ian Rankin book I've read and it will lead to more.
J. Hurd

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tenuto VINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
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While many mystery writers have tried, few succeed in creating a second series. James Lee Burke's Billy Bob Holland is merely a westernized version of Dave Robicheaux and Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone is Spenser in a different guise. Ian Rankin, the master of Scottish noir, delivers. With John Rebus retired in EXIT MUSIC, one of the best books in the entire Rebus series, what would he do for an encore?

Enter Malcolm Fox. Fox is exactly the type of policeman Rebus would loath. He is member of the Professional Standards Units, formerly Complaints and Conduct, police officers who investigate other police officers. He does not drink (though an argument can be said that single malt might be more salubrious to one's health than a steady diet of Irn-Bru.) He suffers from a crisis of confidence in his work, even being tormented by his ailing father of not being a real detective doing real police work.

In the second book to feature Malcolm Fox, THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD, Rankin once again weaves a plot with many threads. Called in by Fife Constabulary to investigate the colleagues of disgraced detective Paul Carter, Fox and two other members of the Lothian and Borders Professional Standards Unit, Sergeant Tony Kaye and Constable Joe Naysmith, meet with the predicted closing of the ranks. During the course of the investigation Fox interviews the original complainant, Paul's uncle and retired policeman, Alan Carter. Alan now owns a security company and has also been retained to investigate a 25-year old cold case.

When Alan is murdered with Paul fit-to-order, Fox picks up the quest. Why was the death of lawyers and Scottish separatist firebrand Francis Vernal ruled a suicide and not properly investigated? Rankin now weaves his plot.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2011
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I didn't think that Ian Rankin would ever be able to create another character who could compete with Rebus. I was wrong.

The first book in his new series, The Complaints, was good but this second one is even better. As members of the Professional Standards team, Inspector Malcolm Fox and his team are in Fife, looking into possible misconduct in the force there. When an ex-copper is found dead, Fox becomes aware that he had been looking into an old case - the death of a political activist which at the time had been classed as a suicide. Now Fox and his team have two cases on their hands.

One of the things I like most about Rankin is the way he sets his books firmly in the real world. With references to actual events and people, his plots become entirely convincing. He tells modern Scotland like it is - neither all good nor all bad. The short period in the eighties when Scottish nationalism turned briefly into terrorism is used for the main strand of the book. Rankin shows the contrast of those days, when fervent nationalists felt the democratic process held no hope for them, to the Scotland of today, with its devolved government, more confident and comfortable in its skin, with nationalism a question to be debated rather than won by force.

Malcolm Fox is turning into just as interesting a character as Rebus, if less of a maverick. Working in the Complaints, he has to face the obstruction and sometimes contempt of fellow officers, but he believes in what he's doing and wants to do it well. This time though a comment of his father makes him wonder if he has what it takes to investigate a real crime and that doubt acts as a spur to him to step outside his normal boundaries.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Library Gal on January 14, 2012
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I gave The Complaints only 3 stars because I felt there was too much going on and found it confusing and complicated, yet I did enjoy it. I'm giving The Impossible Dead 4 stars because not only did I enjoy it but I thought the story, characters, and resolution were all sharply drawn and well interconnected. It does start out a little slow but soon reaches page-turner pace. Although we miss Rebus, let's give Malcolm a chance. He proved himself quite able in this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on January 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the Rebus books. However, "The Complaints," left me really amazed at Rankin's willingness and ability to create something new. This astonishment has continued into this work, which is equally as good -- if not better -- than the first featuring Malcolm Fox. This work unfolds slowly, but picks up pace in a believable manner with characters are are all too real. (As an aside, I enjoy the fact that Fox isn't a heavy drinker; contrary to Rebus, who drank in many of the scenes from his books at an alarming rate).

The story here is well told and timely considering Scottish affairs. My favorite scene, without giving too much away, is when a once-committed Scottish nationalist comes all to close to a 16-year old teenager in the "new" Scotland. It is a perfect political statement that appears briefly in a really well-written mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Hopkins VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ian Rankin is a master of character-based crime fiction, and his skills are prodigious in his latest Malcolm Fox novel titled, The Impossible Dead. Fox is a police detective outsider, assigned to the professional standards unit or internal affairs, called by most, the Complaints. Sent to the Fife Constabulary on a case, he ends up investigating murder, while being drawn back home to visit his ill father and repair his relationship with his sister. Fox is a complex individual that Rankin creates in ways that make him familiar, fully human, and prompts readers to care for what happens to him. Rankin provides realistic dialogue, a captivating plot, and deep character development that will appeal to all readers who like those elements in well-written fiction.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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