Recommended by Lisa in Adult Services:
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. His new case: investigate a cop named Jamie Breck. 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.
I’ve been a big fan of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series for years, so when he put that character aside (don’t tell, but he said maybe not forever…) I wasn’t happy. However, he was compelled by the idea of looking at the police from the other side, cops whose job it is to prosecute criminal behavior in their peers. So, he used his connections to spend time with policemen in this line of work, then wrote his story based on what he learned.
In some ways, Malcolm Fox is similar to Inspector Rebus. Both are recovering alcoholics, divorced and making the best of living alone. However, Fox has a more difficult position, since most of his peers dislike and avoid him. When he’s told to investigate officer Jamie Breck he has to walk a very thin line, getting near enough he can watch his movements but not so close he makes Breck suspicious. As the blurb says, there is much more to Breck, and the story gets more and more complex, especially after Fox’s sister’s boyfriend is murdered. Fox is able to see a pattern developing based on the murder and Breck’s situation. And I can’t tell more without giving the story away, sorry!
If you’re a Rankin fan, or interested in a great twist on the police procedural genre, give The Complaints a try. If you love Rebus as much as I do, Rankin may not be done with him quite yet.