#36 – The Complaints – Ian Rankin

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. – Publishers Website

I liked this book.  It wasn’t all death and excitement.  It was the story of a man who has many stakes in different places trying to eek out an existence.  His father bugs him about visiting more, he tells his sister to leave the man she is with because of the abuse she suffers from him, until he’s found dead.  Then all of a sudden, he is being investigated by the same unit he works for and becomes friends with the guy he is investigating.  It may sound a bit confusing, but really it isn’t.  Masterfully plotted, you will be able to follow all of the goings on in the book.  Ian takes you on a ride you won’t soon forget.

Fun fact – Did you know that Ian only took 5 months to write this book but yet, this was this was the hardest one in regards to research…

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