Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review: The Complaints

Rankin is an excellent writer and I've enjoyed his previous books, but this just wasn't my cup of tea.
The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Source:  Public Library

Rating:  3/5

Malcolm Fox is part of the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the police force (better known as ‘The Complaints’) -- and the reason for that unpopularity is clear to see: this is the department designed to root out corruption in the force and investigate suspect officers. The current target for Fox is policeman Glenn Heaton of the CID, who has often sailed close to the edge; now there appears to be material for a case against him. But at the same time, another cop, Jamie Breck, is suspected of being part of a ring indulging in child abuse. Fox is in for some jawdropping surprises regarding his colleague, and the shifting relationship between the two men is at the core of this finely honed narrative. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
As much as I enjoyed the Rebus series by Rankin, I just couldn't seem to connect with his new Malcolm Fox character. I'm not much for police thrillers or mysteries, but for some reason, I really liked the Rebus books. I hoped that I'd like this new series as well, but it just didn't work for me, so doubt I'll give it another chance.

Fox is not a bad character. He sort of fell into working for the Complaints, which is similar to the American Internal Affairs Department. He had just wrapped up an investigation when he's asked to take a look at an officer suspected of online child pornography. There are twists and turns, and Fox winds up with his job in jeopardy, but I found myself not really caring. The case should have been exciting, but instead, my reaction was mostly meh.

I loved the descriptions of Edinburgh, and Fox has a nice relationship with his father. The relationship with his sister is a little trickier, as the man she's living with abuses her and becomes part of the mess Fox finds himself in. There are murders and double-crosses and enemies become allies. Very exciting stuff if you like that sort of thing, but just wasn't my cup of tea.

Rankin is an excellent writer and I've enjoyed his previous books. Would love to hear what you think if you've read this one!

1 comment:

  1. I have really enjoyed the Rebus series too. It's a shame this one doesn't seem to live up to it.
    However, you stated your reasons well.