The Impossible Dead

The Impossible Dead

Large Print - 2012
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Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs are far from home, investigating accusations that fellow cops have been covering up for Detective Paul Carter who has been found guilty of misconduct. Fox's team - aka the Complaints - is never given a warm welcome, but here, resistance and mistrust rule. And when the job is complicated by a brutal murder, Fox unearths links to long-ago events, powerful politicians, and then to his own family.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012, c2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410445018
1410445011
Branch Call Number: LPF RAN NVD
Characteristics: 603 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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An excellent tale wound in political intrigue if the Scottish nationalist movement. I enjoyed the characters' Idiosyncrasies.

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rb3221
Jul 04, 2016

Since I am a John Rebus fan, I had some difficulty warming up to Malcolm Fox and his somewhat uninspiring side kicks. Fox, working for the Complaints or Internal Affairs, is trying to solve a complicated case.
The plot starts very slowly, is occasionally difficult to follow and eventually leads to a tense and dramatic ending. Overall a reasonably good novel but for me not one of Rankin's best.

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gvenkatesh
Feb 22, 2014

A "Inspector Morse in Scotland" type of easygoing and slow paced narrative, not a gripping or suspenseful mystery. The premise of a detective from the Complaints dept (Brit equivalent of Internal Affairs in US) sets up additional barriers to the investigations. The interactions between the three characters of the team is well developed, not so much with the rest of the world. Worth adding to the bottom of the reading list than the top.

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KPeddleLibraryID
Feb 15, 2014

Enjoyed an innocuous comment in here that alludes to Rebus. A Nice a hah moment for DI Rebus fans to catch.

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Daphne57
Jan 26, 2014

Ian Rankin's Malcolm Fox is good; it will take another couple of books to further develop his character.

AuntJane Jun 28, 2013

Like others I look for Rebus in the corners, but this is a good series and I look forward to reading the next installment!

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rahmmie
Mar 12, 2013

I didn't like this one nearly as much as "The Complaints." The ending was forced, it was the proverbial rabbit pulled out of a hat at the last minute to make the book work and to supposedly make the reader gasp

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BillyBoy46
Mar 08, 2013

I enjoyed this - Fox is being a bit of a rebel by being "a true detective" - not what people expect from someone in "Complaints".

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maude1958
Feb 22, 2013

Malcom Fox book 2

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StephenB
Aug 26, 2012

Agree with those who say this is "typical Rankin" and "a good read".

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v_kohuch
Jan 18, 2012

v_kohuch thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 65

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