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The Impossible Dead – Ian Rankin

I like a good crime novel – Agatha Christie, Kellerman (Jonathan not Faye – although that’s not a criticism I just haven’t read any of Faye’s). I really enjoyed Rankin’s Rebus series – I haven’t read them all and certainly not in order, but those I have read I liked.

This novel has a new hero Malcolm Fox. Here is the blurb …

 The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel.

A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.

In his newest pulse-pounding thriller, Ian Rankin holds up a mirror to an age of fear and paranoia, and shows us something of our own lives reflected there.

There are lots of twists and turns and hidden secrets from the past to keep the most ardent conspiracy theorist happy.  Fox is a different hero to Rebus, but still hard working (not as hard drinking) and with past family and relationship issues. It’s fast passed and an easy read – definitely worth reading.

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