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Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs are back. They've been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up - and a brutal murder....

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The Impossible Dead Reviews

  • Alex
    2019-04-25 06:41

    It's a thoroughly predictable line, but a wholly accurate one: Malcolm Fox is not John Rebus. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the fact is that Fox remains, after two books, a not overly compelling character. In this book his status as an investigator of internal police corruption is repeatedly called into question by any attentive reader due to the simple fact that he frequently ignores orders and acts well outside the bounds of his pay scale.Thing is he doesn't even break the rules in the same inscrutable way as Rebus, and it's never entirely clear where Rankin is trying to take us. In The Impossible Dead's favour, Rankin does not try too hard to inject romance into the life of his protagonist, and nor does he make his teammates irresponsible failures of policemen. Still, the scope of The Complaints proves itself too limiting for the man and he desperately tries to claim a bigger piece of policing for these men; it's unclear if the foot on which Rankin established Fox was a prudent one.Not Rankin's best work, The Impossible Dead is still a fine book, but one with an ending both all too familiar and convenient.

  • Athena
    2019-05-22 06:40

    Έχω διαβάσει άλλα δύο μυθιστορήματα του Ian Rankin, αλλά δεν με έχουν ενθουσιάσει. Το ένα από τα μυθιστορήματα μάλιστα ήταν η πρώτη ιστορία με πρωταγωνιστή τον Μάλκομ Φοξ. Σε αντίθεση με τα βιβλία αυτά ''Η δικαίωση του αίματος'' μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ. Το θέμα ήταν αρκετά πρωτότυπο και ενδιαφέρον. Επίσης, η αναδρομή στο παρελθόν είναι ένα στοιχείο που βοηθούσε πολύ στη δημιουργία σασπένς. Θεωρώ ότι ο συγγραφέας απέδειξε το ταλέντο του, παρουσιάζοντας τα τεκταινόμενα με τέτοιος τρόπο έτσι ώστε να μην μπορεί να προβλέψει το τι θα συμβεί παρακάτω. Βέβαια, θα προτιμούσα ο Ian Rankin να σκιαγραφήσει τους χαρακτήρες με καλύτερο τρόπο. Οι ήρωες μου φάνηκαν κάπως θαμποί. Αλλά γενικά το μυθιστόρημα το απόλαυσα.

  • Amanda Patterson
    2019-04-26 02:39

    I am a dedicated Ian Rankin fan. In the past some may have called me a groupie.Anyway… Rankin is a master of the craft of crime fiction writing. He understands how to create detectives and criminals. He knows how to make settings come alive and become characters in his novels.Fox, Rankin's new protagonist, is divorced, in his 40s, and he's quieter than Rebus. He doesn't drink alcohol; he enjoys Appletiser. He's objective, and he’s a gentleman. He works for 'The Complaints' aka The Internal Affairs department that looks for 'dirty and compromised cops'.Malcolm Fox and his colleagues, Kaye and Naysmith, arrive in Fife to investigate a station-house where everyone seems to have been compromised. But Fox finds too many links to the suicide of a politician, and he's determined to find out the truth.Forget about Rebus and enjoy this new series. I did. This second book in the series is even better than the first, The Complaints.

  • Judy
    2019-05-20 01:51

    Two things for audiobook creators: 1. Don't put loud music as a lead-in to the book. It isn't necessary, adds nothing, and hurts my ears! 2. It isn't necessary to have readers speak with an accent that the people in the book supposedly use. Though I didn't like this book as well as the first book with Malcolm Fox, I don't think the above complaints (No pun intended.) have any bearing on my assessment. I see that I made one of the above complaints on the other Fox book. At least I am consistent! I did finish the book, because the characters are interesting and I like police procedural stories, but it wasn't as good as the first. Maybe that's why Rankin hasn't written any more books in this series—he ran out of ideas. Rankin is a talented writer, and I will continue reading his other books

  • Mark Stevens
    2019-05-01 05:57

    “The Impossible Dead” is a solid, beefy mystery with Scottish atmosphere and slow-burn tension in ample supply. Ian Rankin makes writing these stories together look so easy. He's such a genuine, non-flashy storyteller. The effect is like some kind of trick. You are up and running alongside Matthew Fox and have as much desire as he does to figure out what the hell is going on. Rankin trusts his readers, holds nothing back. And you care about the very sticky situation Matthew Fox finds himself in—a cop investigating other cops—and how others view him. Matthew Fox works with a group of officers known as “The Complaints,” Internal Affairs. “Part of the appeal of the Complaints had been its focus on rule broken rather than bones, on cops who crossed the line but were not violent men. Did that make him a coward? He didn’t think so. Less of a copper? Again, no.”The Impossible Dead starts small and then the layers start peeling back. The ticklish-dicey-sticky relationship between an Internal Affairs a cop and other cops lives on almost every page, even as Fox’s pals in The Complaints caution Fox as he expands the initial investigation and starts to follow all the questions that come his way, not just the ones he’s been assigned to answer.And Fox knows he might not be in The Complaints forever—and must respect that fact. Fox’s task is make sure regular cops aren’t cutting corners because “in a year or two he would be back in CID himself, rubbing shoulders with those he had scrutinised; trying to put drug dealers behind bars without bending the rules, fearful of The Complaints and coming to despise them."It’s complicated. Fox’s life is complicated. The case is—a touch—complicated (I’d say it’s just about right, but you have to pay attention). The investigation does not lead in a straight line. It’s messy. There’s a murder that has its roots in 1985 and a very different era in Scottish history, when ardent separatists used terrorism as a tactic. Of course, it’s been a long time since then and people have changed. Really changed. The ending of The Impossible Dead stays within itself and packs the proverbial wallop because of that very fact. The plot still has its feet very much on the ground and the final face-off is suspenseful and satisfying.

  • Trev Twinem
    2019-05-22 06:36

    Ian Rankin to me will always be synonymous with John Rebus but Rebus, although still fighting crime, is in retirement and so its good to meet a new hero in town DI Malcolm Fox. He's working in the complaints dept(internal affairs to you and me) and together with two comrades has been sent to the kingdom of Fife to investigate the strange case of Detective Paul Carter. Carter who has been found guilty of misconduct and it is feared that fellow officers have been complicit in a cover-up. The Complaints Dept look into corruption within the police force, their own ranks, and are thus never popular. What starts as a simple case becomes ever more complicated and takes Fox and his team on a dangerous journey stretching back some 30years which will result in uncovering wrong doing at the highest echelons of Scottish Society...This is an excellent story, taut, well told, intelligent with a very satisfying outcome. There are few authors who can command such respect as Ian Rankin and once again he proves to be a master of the crime genre with a character driven tale immersed deep in the local Scottish culture. Superb!

  • Larraine
    2019-05-19 04:49

    When Ian Rankin retired his Inspector Rebus character, and published his first, Malcolm Fox of "The Complaints" novel, I wasn't sure that Fox would be a worthy successor. The first novel, The Complaints, introduces us to Malcolm Fox a detective whose unenviable job is to investigate wrongdoing by his fellow police officers. (Think of all of those police shows you've seen on television and "internal affairs.") Fox and his team are sent to investigate laxity in a police department after one of their officers is convicted of attempting to get sexual favors from local prostitutes and strong-arming them if they don't agree. It seems like a nice simple case until Fox starts looking into things and bodies start turning up. The officer's uncle is a retired police officer, and Fox visits him to talk to him about his nephew. He learns that he owns a security firm and is also investigating a murder of a Scottish nationalist that took place in the 1980's. In typical Rankin style, this soon leads to a whole new inquiry that Fox has no business pursuing, but, of course, he does so anyway. In between we learn more about Fox's personal life - his ailing father, his difficult relationship with his sister, Jude. I confess to an absolute addiction to Rankin. I enjoyed The Complaints, but this one is just so much more nuanced and interesting. I'm looking forward to the next book already!

  • Trish
    2019-05-10 06:49

    This second in a series about the “Complaints” department of Scottish law enforcement is big. In the process of investigating a relatively straightforward sexual harassment claim against a sergeant and his colleagues, the person who brought the suit in the first place ends up dead. Investigating this new mystery uncovers the scent of corruption and death that extends back decades. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the estimable Peter Forbes, who makes the Scottish accent understandable but also gives the reading unforgettable flair and flavor. Rankin treats us to his rare talent for incorporating recent national or international events in his telling, not so that they stand out, but so that they place us in time. We also get a view of the events effects on locales far from our own.Rankin had a lot to work with in this plot and scenario, but he managed to hold it all together, and ratcheted up the tension by having one of the three-man team of investigators always pressing to do less and close the case down without the bigger story. But Malcolm Fox, the lead investigator, has blood in the game and will not stop searching. Meaty.

  • Menia
    2019-05-20 08:04

    αγαπημένος Ίαν Ράνκιν σε γνώριμο στυλ και ύφος με νέο επιθεωρητή, alter ego του Ρέμπους; αστυνομική λογοτεχνία και ξενάγηση στο Εδιμβούργο, συναρπαστικός συνδυασμός!

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-19 23:37

    Handwritten on inside: Rebecca Strong Xmas 2011Dedication: I MDavid ThompsonOpening: 'He's not here,' the desk sergeant said.'So where is he?''Out on a call.'Fox stared hard at the man, knowing it wouldn't do any good. The sergeant was one of those old-timers who reckoned they'd seen it all anf faced most of it down. Fox glanced at the next name on his list.I need to get this under my belt before embarking on Standing In Another Man's Grave where Rebus and Fox meet up *swoon*Cracking storyline, solid writing - highly recommended4* The Complaints4* The Impossible DeadTR Standing In Another Man's Grave

  • Olinda Bento
    2019-05-04 07:00

    this book in the beginning it's a little "boring". it's like there's no action and everything it's a mess! but, as we continue reading, the books becomes more and more and more interesting and everythings starts to make sense. i recommend you this book, if you are into thriller books, i think you will enjoy this one. keep in mind that the beginning is a little messy, but believe me that in the end it will surprise you.

  • Bandit
    2019-04-30 07:36

    Ok, so this is partially on me. I was so desperate for an audiobook I manage to grab a second in the series, something that I'd normally avoid. And it sort of read (or was heard as such) for the longest time it was like entering the play on a second act. But then it evened out and became a more of less stand alone story about an investigator with Scottish equivalent of internal affairs department. It starts off as a fairly mundane questioning of the colleagues of a fellow police officer who is being accused of sexual assault and then turns into a murder investigation going decades back and deftly entangled with Scottish national politics. Actually that makes it sound more exciting than it was. The book was notably subdued in tine and, although well written and well read, just didn't particularly engage. The most compelling aspect was the main character's relationships with his family, which would normally be grand, but in a mystery thriller isn't exactly what should take the front of the stage. Decent enough of a listen, but doesn't really entice into the series. It just isn't that thrilling of exciting of a book.

  • Vichy
    2019-05-08 07:38

    Ο Μάλκολμ Φοξ είναι το πρότυπο του επιθεωρητή ντετέκτιβ. Δεν έχει ατέλειες, (είναι προσηλωμένος, ευφυής και στοργικός καθώς φροντίζει τον άρρωστο πατέρα του, Μιτς και αποκαθιστά τις σχέσεις του με την αδελφή του, Τζούντι) αλλά κανείς δεν τον αντιμετωπίζει ως αστυνομικό γιατί δουλεύει στο Τμήμα Παραπόνων (Εσωτερικές Υποθέσεις) και δουλειά του είναι να ερευνά καταγγελίες ή υποψίες για την παραβατική συμπεριφορά των συναδέλφων του. Καταφθάνει στο Φάιφ με την ομάδα του, τον Τόνι Κέι και τον Τζόι Νέισμιθ, για να ερευνήσουν τους Σκόουλς, Χαλντέιν και Μάικλσον, οι οποίοι επέδειξαν ευνοϊκή συμπεριφορά προς τον Πολ Κάρτερ όταν κατηγορήθηκε για σεξουαλική παρενόχληση από 3 γυναίκες και μάλιστα υποκινώντας τη διαδικασία ο συνταξιούχος αστυνομικός θείος του, Άλαν Πάρκερ. Παρά τις δυσκολίες και την έλλειψη φιλοξενίας, η ομάδα ερευνά αλλά τα αποτελέσματα είναι περιφερειακά με το θέμα και προσανατολίζονται περισσότερο με το θέμα που ερευνά ο Άλαν: Τη δεκαετία του '80 ένας εξτρεμιστής δικηγόρος, ο Φράνσις Βέρναλ φέρεται ότι αυτοκτόνησε ενώ γυρνούσε από την ερωμένη του Άλις Γουάτς. Τώρα ο Μάνγκολντ, χρόνια ερωτευμένος με την πια ετοιμοθάνατη σύζυγο του Φράνσις, Ίμοτζεν, θέλει να της προσφέρει την αλήθεια πριν τους τίτλους του τέλους και προσέλαβε τον Άλαν για την έρευνα.Όταν ο Άλαν δολοφονείται (παρά αυτοκτόνησε), τα βλέμματα στρέφονται στον ανιψιό. Κι όταν ο Πολ βρίσκεται πνιγμένος, ποιος είναι υπαίτιος για το θάνατό του; και ποιος σκότωσε το Βέρναλ; πού βρίσκονται οι σύντροφοί του της δεκαετίας του '80 και πού είναι η Άλις;(view spoiler)[Η Άλις δεν είναι παρά η σημερινή αρχηγός της αστυνομίας και ο άνδρας της, ο διαπρεπής οικονομολόγος Στίβεν Πιρς, ήταν ο Χοκ Άι, της τρομοκρατικής οργάνωσης στην οποία ανήκε ο ταμίας Φράνσις. Η Άλις δούλευε ως μυστική αστυνομικός και μπήκε στα άδυτα. Ο Στίβεν σκότωσε το Φράνσις, τον έκλεψε και έφτιαξε καριέρα. Ο Άλαν εκβίαζε το Στίβεν γι' αυτό ο τελευταίος τόν έβγαλε από τη μέση. Ο Πολ σκοτώθηκε από το κυνηγητό που του έκανε ο υπάλληλος του Άλαν, πρώην φυλακισμένος, Τος Γκίρι, που ένιωθε υποχρεωμένος προς το αφεντικό του και τη στήσανε στον ανιψιό καθώς ο θείος δε τόν χώνευε. Ο Μάλκολμ, έχοντας βγει από την έρευνα του Φάιφ και ολοκληρώνοντας την οι 2 συνεργάτες του χωρίς παρελκόμενα για τους 3 αστυνομικούς, αφοσιώθηκε με ζήλο και αποκάλυψε τις βρωμιές του παρελθόντος και τα αξιότιμα μέλη της κοινωνίας του σήμερα. (hide spoiler)]Η ιστορία, με το σκωτζέζικό της άρωμα, κυλούσε γρήγορα και συναρπαστικά.

  • Tony
    2019-04-25 04:36

    THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD. (2011). Ian Rankin. ****. This is the second novel in Rankin’s new series featuring the policemen who represented the “Complaints” group within Scotland’s legal system. They roughly correspond to our American Internal Affairs Department with their mandate to investigate infractions within the police department itself. The usual crew is here: Malcolm Fox, the leader, Tony Kaye, and Joe Navsmith. The group works well together, and the interplay is often the pivotal part of the story. They are called out of Edinburgh to a distant precinct to investigate the allegations against Paul Carter, a cop who has been charged with infractions against the police code involving favors from women under the threat of arrest. One of the damning charges seems to have come from Paul’s uncle, a long-time police officer, now retired. It’s not a simple cut-and-dried investigation, as it might seem at first. Fox soon gets involved in a killing that occurred years ago of a member of a dissident group that was active in the 1980s. The story is complicated, at first, but soon devolves into a series of cover-ups by those members of various groups that were active at the time. It sems that the theme in mystery novels these past few years is cold cases, and this one is no different – except that this case has already been stamped as solved and buried within the archives of the Scotland police force. Fox and his crew get diverted from their original mission as details of what was called a suicide from years earlier are exhumed from earlier data. What happens when former activists suddenly discover that they are getting older, and that they are suddenly faced with coming to terms with life in the mainstream? This mystery probes the challenges faced by former rebels when they must blend in with mainstream politics and get on with their lives. There are lots of surprises here, and all of them are artfully explored by the author in a thightly knit plot that forces Internal Affairs to cross over into current criminal investigations. Recommended.

  • L.K. Jay
    2019-05-01 01:41

    I came to the Rankin novels somewhat late, my mother has read everything that Ian Rankin has written; if her favourite author wrote a new version of the telephone directory she would buy the hardback version and want it signed. But when I was off work for a while, she gave me the first Rebus novels and after the first few pages I was hooked. I liked 'The Complaints' and I liked the fact that Inspector Malcolm Fox is the antithesis of John Rebus, he doesn't drink and he is one of the policemen that polices the police. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he hadn't had dealings with Rebus at some point. 'The Impossible Dead' is the second in this series and I thought it was even better than the first. We see the same characters reoccurring, Kaye, Naysmith and his family, Mitch and Jude. A routine investigation turns complicated when one of the interviewees that Fox talks to winds up dead and we follow a storyline that involves the Scottish nationalist movement. I liked how the main characters in the complaints division bounce off of each other and the naturalism of the dialogue, it never appears strained. As a stand alone crime novel, it works and I found myself turning the pages, or clicking as I read it on my Kindle, until I had finished. I like the fact that Rankin always seems to pick up on a currents affairs thread and that you get a real taste of what Scotland and the Scottish are like. Apparently they've made a TV version of 'The Complaints', I'd be very interested to hear what they have done with it. A recommended read, especially if you are a Rankin fan.

  • GS Nathan
    2019-04-23 03:02

    I think this is probably the finest Ian Rankin story I have read. Inspector Rebus was a set of memorable detective stories and well liked, but in this Malcolm Fox series, I think Rankin is at the height of his powers. I really hope he writes more books with Fox as the hero.Malcolm Fox and his team set out to tackle a mundane case of police corruption and cover up and stumble on to a long ago murder that everyone has forgotten. Stung by his father thinking he is not a 'real' cop, Fox sets out to unravel the mystery and criminals who still are at large and have secrets to protect. It is a story of how time changes us all, it is also a story of how time does not change essential natures. It is simple in terms of how the good guys prevail in the end that is perhaps too good to be true, but also complex in terms of how relationships can change, reconciliations effected, and truth emerges.Rankin's stories perhaps mirror a darker Scottish sensibility and to my mind, sometimes difficult to read. There is an economy of writing that hints of lurking emotional demons o be discovered by the reader. But, quite an excellent book.

  • Patrick O'Neil
    2019-04-28 04:57

    In America we call them Internal Affairs, in Ian Rankin's The Impossible Dead they're called "The Complaints" – cops that bust cops – there's three of them, they joke a lot; one's on the wagon, one's a bachelor, and one's married. That's how you tell them apart. Then there were a bunch of mumbling Scotsmen, some political stuff that was way old and out dated, a grumpy half senile dad, and an annoyingly bitchy sister, both of which belong to the non-drinking cop. Of course I'm forgetting a few characters, well, not forgetting, just leaving them out for the sake of space, as I didn't really care if they were in there or not. Didn't really pay them much attention. Oh, and there's a few murders. Ok, got it? We're done. Just a cup of tea love and then we're off.

  • Ed
    2019-05-18 01:47

    Ingeniously complex and challenging. Rebus has an worthy and admirable successor.....Ed

  • Lakis Fourouklas
    2019-05-18 06:01

    One could say that it is sometimes a blessing to be a British crime fiction author, since the local publishers do not ask their writers to deliver a new book every six months, and thus the standards one has come to expect of them remain high as ever. Ian Rankin is one of those “lucky” authors and so we are not surprised to receive yet another great novel from him. In this his main protagonist is inspector Malcolm Fox whom we’ve first met in his previous novel, The Complaints, who’s now called to investigate whether three cops of the Kirkcaldy precinct have in any way facilitated the actions of one of their colleagues, who’s been found guilty in a court of law for misconduct. Paul Carter, the policeman in question, was accused of asking favors of a particular kind from three women in exchange for not arresting them for some minor misdemeanors. From the very first moment that Fox and his partners, Joe Naysmith and Tony Kaye, arrive in town, they can feel a cloud of suspicion and enmity settle all over them. Of course that is hardly surprising since not a single cop likes the members of his team, because of what they do; and that is, in their eyes, work against their own people. One thing that’s kind of strange, or rather surprising though, is that there’s more to this case than what at first meets the eye. For starters, the man who gave Carter in was his uncle Alan, a retired cop. Then there are the connections of this said uncle with the criminal elements of the city. And, then come the facts of the distant past that suddenly spring to life during the investigation; facts that have taken place in Scotland back in 1985, a year of mayhem and relevant chaos, and which are in some strange way connected with what is happening today. Finally are the orders; the orders that come from the higher ups and who demand of Fox and his team to back off this case, as some ghosts are better to remain buried; but which ghosts and why? Rankin, using a simple investigative case as his vehicle, drives the reader back to the past and talks to him in a rather straightforward way about the widely unknown, or maybe forgotten, history of his country. Through the narration we get to learn about the student unrests of the 80’s, the nationalist movement and the communists of the era, about the armed groups and the revolutions that never came to be. And returning back to the present we find out some things about modern day Scotland, a place where poverty and unemployment are widespread, where alcoholism, drug addiction and crime, as well as corruption rule the day. The author paints a world that is bleak, on the brink of destruction, but which, thankfully, is not quite there yet. And he also paints a world where hope for a better future is still, if barely, alive. Fox reminds us in one way or another of Rebus, but he is special in his own way. He doesn’t drink, even though his sister is an alcoholic; he likes to be alone, even though he seems to desperately seek the company of a woman; and he does everything he possibly can to help those, who willingly or not make his life difficult. Of course he is not perfect, he has his flaws; but it’s exactly these flaws that make him look so deeply humane. This is one of the best crime novels of the year. Just read it.

  • Sónia
    2019-05-11 23:37

    Foi a minha estreia com este autor. O início algo lento e confuso deixou-me um pouco de pé atrás na primeira metade do livro. E ainda bem que não sou pessoa de desistir de uma leitura, mesmo que se venha a revelar um verdadeiro embuste. Este não foi o caso. Julgo, até, que a forma como Ian Rankin iniciou a obra, depois de esta estar lida, faz todo o sentido, tendo em conta que Uma Morte Impossível se trata de um romance subtil e intrigante.Mesmo (ainda) não tendo lido o primeiro volume desta série, não senti qualquer lacuna para poder entrar dentro do espírito desta obra. Não me parece que sejam romances autónomos porque numa das personagens é mencionada, indirectamente, a sua "evolução" enquanto pessoa, por assim dizer. O que é preciso conhecer está lá, directa ou indirectamente. Escrita cuidada, embora não tão fluída como nos mais recentes policiais. A alguma ausência de fluidez não pode ser encarada como pejorativa. Faz todo o sentido na obra vista no seu todo e da forma como está elaborada. Julgo que tal se deve, também, à vasta referência a alguns períodos da história política da Escócia, nos anos oitenta. Por exemplo, é feita menção ao ataque terrorista de Lockerbie, ocorrido em 1988.Outro ponto positivo prende-se com a caracterização das personagens. Elas ainda são algumas (daí o ser um pouco complicado estabelecer, inicialmente, uma relação entre elas e os factos ocorridos), mas aquelas que precisamos de conhecer estão bastante bem construídas. É o caso de Malcom Fox, o protagonista, com quem criei uma empatia imediata Tem o que um polícia deve ter: ponderação e sentido de justiça. A dicotomia entre o profissional e o familiar está muito bem conseguida e é perfeitamente verossímil.Um livro muito bom (pese embora aquele pequeno pormenor que referi atrás), muito bem construído e que julgo que passará ao lado de muita gente. Hoje em dia dá-me a impressão que se procura, nas mais variadas áreas, aquilo que é mais sensacionalista ou que dá mais na vista. Veja-se o jornal diário mais lido actualmente em Portugal... Creio que com os livros se está a passar a mesma coisa. Procura-se o autor sensação, a obra cuja acção faz "verter" mais sangue, o livro que vendeu milhões de exemplares em tempo recorde,... Ou seja, o marketing e o sensacionalismo faz mais pelas vendas que propriamente a qualidade da obra e/ou da escrita do autor. Isto tudo para dizer que aqui julgo que se passará o inverso. Algo de muito bom e sem o devido reconhecimento, o que é pena. Eu fiquei fã!(4,5*)

  • Craig Pittman
    2019-05-21 07:47

    I read the first book of Ian Rankin's new series about Inspector Fox of "The Complaints" (the Scottish police version of Internal Affairs) all in a fever. I was amazed by its twists and turns and the deft way Rankin handled each scene and character. I couldn't wait to read the second one in the series, this book. It was pretty good, but the ending was a bit of a letdown compared to the first one.Fox is still dealing with his troubled sister and his aging father. Meanwhile at work he and his colleagues Joe Naysmith and Tony Kaye have been sent to another police section in another town for a tough investigation. They're looking into whether the cops there might have covered up for one of their own, a bad apple just convicted in court of offering to let women skate on criminal charges in exchange for sexual favors.Turns out the bad cop was turned in by his own uncle, who in the meantime is pursuing his own investigation into the long-ago death of a Scottish political activist named Francis Vernal. When the uncle dies, Fox starts digging into that long-ago case as well, discovering that among other things the uncle has Vernal's wrecked car in his barn. He pulls the logbook from the car and ponders its contents, meanwhile lifting rocks all over the place and uncovering a whole mess of worms.Rankin does a fine job of showing how political tides can change and what seemed radical just 15 years before -- the idea of an independent Scottish state, existing apart from the UK -- can evolve into the norm. Where he slips up is in tying up all his loose ends. The solution to the mystery of who killed the uncle makes sense, but Rankin -- after making a rather large deal of it -- never gets around to explaining why the man had the old Volvo in his barn. That really bugged me.Nevertheless, I'll be sure to check out the next Fox book -- in which we are promised that Rankin's more famous series detective, John Rebus, will team up with Fox. That should keep things hopping.

  • Simon McDonald
    2019-04-23 01:49

    The complexity of Ian Rankin's The Impossible Dead is astounding - for all the right reasons.What begins as a seemingly simple affair - Malcom Fox and his Internal Affairs colleagues, dubbed the Complaints, investigate allegations made about Detective Paul Carter - quickly descends into the past and, oninously for Fox, a terrorist group that was part of the Scottish Nationalist movement back in the 80s. Rankin ties the various threads together perfectly; he's a veteran of the contemporary crime novel now, and flawlessly combines plot expansion with character development, and it's credit to the author that Malcom Fox stands so far apart from the legendary John Rebus. Like Rebus, Fox is an outsider on the force, but for entirely different reasons, and assuming the series continues into a third novel, it will be interesting to see how Rankin handles Fox's concern over the merit of his function with the complaints.The one flaw with the novel is the medical emergency that suddenly strikes Fox's father, Mitch; it's the one element that felt slightly manufactured, and an uncessary addition to the overall plot. Of course, this is serial fiction - certainly a standalone central story, but these characters will leave and breathe in the future, and perhaps Mitch's ailment will have future effects, which I may well praise and credit Rankin for in hindsight.Regardless, one slight qualm can't quash The Impossible Dead's MUST READ status. This is Ian Rankin at his finest; he's not reinventing the wheel here, he's simply refining the art he masters with each addition to his library.

  • Michael Martz
    2019-05-18 03:47

    I've enjoyed Rankin's Rebus character in a number of novels, and this is my first with Malcolm Fox, head of the Complaints (similar to IAD) in the starring role. It's a promising series, but definitely not the same as Rebus.As with many good mysteries, The Impossible Dead starts out in one direction, a fairly easy role for the Complaints team to investigate a nearby department's improper handling of a citizen accusation against one of their own, and branches off into something considerably more complex. Without spoiling the plot, I'd say the story line is well done, I like Rankin's straightforward prose, the characters are developed nicely, and the conclusion is satisfying. It's a good mystery novel. Oh yeah, I also like the references to the Scottish setting... I've been over there and enjoy hearing descriptions of places I've actually seen.The only 'complaints' I have were the relatively slow pace of the initial 2/3 of the book. There was a lot of activity, but little obvious movement toward the conclusion. The pace picked up eventually. Additionally, although we get a very good sense of the personalities of the members of the Complaints team, it's actually a pretty boring group. They get along well, joke with one another, chase skirts a bit, but there's not the little bit of tension that goes along with a more adventurous team. All in all, a nicely done mystery by an author who does a great job cranking them out.

  • Ken
    2019-05-12 07:37

    I've always liked the way Ian Rankin fills out the characters in his books, so you get to know the people pretty well. Over lots of books this really fleshed out Rebus, his friends and enemies in the police, his romantic entanglements and even the criminal world he confronted. He's doing the same thing with Malcolm Fox. The problem for me is that Malcolm's a much duller character than Rebus, and his conflicts with the rest of the force lack the sparkle I've come to expect. This one starts *very* slowly with too much dull stuff about how dull things are in the Complaints, turns into a page-turner about halfway, and ends up with some excitement - overall a good read but not Ian's best. (view spoiler)[I have two Complaints about this effort:1 things only really take off when Malcolm forgets about the investigation he's meant to be doing and follows his nose into resurrecting an old mystery, leading to murder investigations then and now. If this is to be a continuing thread, it's really a confession that the basic premise of the Complaints doesn't do the job, and in order to spark things off we have to leave it behind. 2 the outcome, with the chief constable's dodgy past, her very dodgy husband and their history, not to mention the way Fox saunters into their lives and asks awkward questions, stretched my credulity too far!(hide spoiler)]

  • Brenda
    2019-05-10 01:57

    I quite enjoyed the story of Detective Inspector Malcolm Fox and his Internal Affairs team, named The Complaints, comprising himself, Detective Joe Naismith and Detective Tony Kaye. They had to investigate whether fellow policemen covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter, who was found guilty of misconduct. But this supposedly simple job soon turned into a very complicated one, with conspiracy and cover-ups well and truly in the forefront!A brutal murder from long ago, 1985 in fact, seems to be linked to the present, and when Fox starts to investigate the long ago murder, things begin to go very wrong. The body count begins, and starts to rise, as the clock is ticking, and suddenly Fox is in mortal danger.The only reason for the 'lower than usual' star count from me, is the lengthy dragging out of the plot, but all in all, the twists and turns kept me reading until the end, with the shock protagenist surprising me!

  • Anthony Fisher
    2019-05-22 00:38

    Ian Rankin is one of my favourite authors. I have read and own all of his books to date. I thoroughly enjoyed all of his books until this one. I cannot put my finger on the problem. It was a real disappointment and an effort to read (I have breezed through all his other ones!). I just could not get into it. To me there was no excitement, the plot just seemed to plod along and I could not care about any of the characters in particular. At the end I really missed 'Rebus'. Fox does not come close as a character, though I did not have the same problem with previous 'Complaints section' book. Perhaps the author has run out of puff and is just going through the motions, I do not know! Maybe it is just me.

  • Sara
    2019-05-03 05:02

    While I did manage to finish this book, it failed to grab me, and left me wondering what it was all about. There didn't seem to be a central conflict that was worth caring about, and the mystery surrounding a "cold case" was not compelling and didn't tie into the contemporary case in a meaningful or significant way. As other reviews mentioned, the main character - Malcolm Fox - is elusive and hard to identify with. This doesn't make him all the more mysterious and intriguing. His is not a well-drawn character although he does show some tendencies to be obstinate in the face of adversity. (Also - Hate the character of his sister Jude)

  • Louise
    2019-05-03 03:37

    oh dear, probably my least favourite Rankin book... maybe the character didnt do anything for me (I do like Rebus as a whole, though have read a Fox book before).the story didnt go anywhere for me, no great surprises, no twists , no turns, and a tad too much time talking about Fox's dad.

  • Marilia
    2019-05-18 04:01

    Απολαυστικό αυθεντικό αστυνομικό. Μπορεί και να συμπαθώ τον Μάλκομ Φοξ περισσότερο απ' τον Ρέμπους.

  • Ritesh Kukrety
    2019-05-11 06:37

    I am torn about what I actually think of the book. The writing is good, no doubt, and Rankin gets me interested in the minor details of Fox's life, whether it is the takeaway dinner of haggis, which remains uneaten, or the minor tragedy of his breakfast, where he found that the remainder of the milk he'd wanted to eat his All-Bran with had turned into curd, or the fact that Fiona the ballistics expert (she could be called Fiona the Ball. Such a cool moniker) makes horrible coffee, or that Evelyn Miller is in an unhappy marriage. It is all very, to use a much-abused word, atmospheric.But as much as I like the world-building Rankin does, or the way that he drops information on the reader without making them wince at the exposition, I just could not get into the story that he was telling. The starting has all energy of a five-year-old mouldy piece of cheese, and the excitement continues till about halfway through the book, when the simple Complaints case becomes a murder mystery the roots of which reach back to the turbulent days of the violent Scottish insurrection. Fox, as you can guess, is at the middle of it all, ordering bacon rolls with grey sausages and Irn-Bru and peppermint teas. It is very realistic, this portrayal, but as a reader I could not but help wish for a deeper insight into how the police work, especially in a book tagged as a police procedural detective fiction, rather than details of Fox's mundane life. And then there is the cop out of the convenient ending, which kind of ties almost all loose strings very cleanly in something which rather resembles a Deus ex Machina and is completely at odds with the pace of the rest of the story. But with no other conceivable way of ending convincingly, I don't blame Rankin for just wanting to get it done and over with.Actually, it is kind of tough to pin what exactly didn't work for me with the book, but I can tell you this isn't the excitingly gripping storytelling that its cover claims it to be. I didn't dislike it, though, and I'll grudgingly admit that I almost enjoyed reading it at times. This was my first Rankin, pushed on my by a friend who wants to get ahead of me in the Goodreads challenge (his very life depends on it, I'm sure). I had heard a lot of praise about the Rebus series. Hope it makes for a more exciting read than this.