The Impossible Dead
|Format:||Paperback, 384 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 13 October 2011|
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. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct with his own uncle, also in the force, having proved to be his nephew's nemesis. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up - and a brutal murder, a murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist. The spiralling investigation takes Fox back in time to 1985, a year of turmoil in British political life. Terrorists intent on a split between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom were becoming more brazen and ruthless, sending letter-bombs and poisonous spores to government offices, plotting kidnaps and murder, and trying to stay one step ahead of the spies sent to flush them out. Fox has a duty to get at the truth, while the body count rises, the clock starts ticking, and he fights for his professional and personal life.
About the Author
Ian Rankin is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian is the recipient of four CWA DAGGER AWARDS and in 2004, won America's celebrated EDGAR AWARD. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Hull and Edinburgh and received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.
Malcolm Fox returns in the stunning second novel in Ian Rankin's new series...
Insp. Malcolm Fox proves a worthy successor to John Rebus in Rankin's satisfyingly layered second novel featuring the Edinburgh Internal Affairs cop (after The Complaints). Fox and his two colleagues receive a frosty reception in Kirkcaldy, where they must decide whether a disgraced officer's three fellow cops helped cover up his misdeeds. Det. Constable Paul Carter, found guilty of sexual misconduct, intrigues Fox because it was Carter's ex-copper uncle, Alan, who turned him in. Since interviewing the belligerent Carter and his mates leads nowhere, Fox turns to Alan for insight. He discovers the elder Carter was hired by a prestigious lawyer to look into the 1985 "suicide"-or possible murder-of Francis Vernal, a fellow attorney, well-known orator, and vocal supporter of the fringe Scottish separatist movement. Soon Fox's attention is divided between following up scant leads in the Carter investigation and unearthing decades-old secrets about Vernal's life and associates. Rankin elegantly weaves together the two story lines without forcing a connection. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Edinburgh cop Malcolm Fox, introduced in The Complaints, once again finds that what appears to be a simple case of police misconduct is a much more complicated mystery, one that reaches back nearly three decades to the events surrounding the Scottish National movement. As he did in his Inspector Rebus books, Rankin has created a protagonist who is flawed yet sympathetic, written a mystery that is complicated but compelling, and provided a deft send-up of the creaking wheels of justice as run by a bureaucracy. What sets Fox apart from John Rebus though are his teetotaler ways and his closer relationship with family members. The Fox books are also less gruesome in their crime-scene depictions, which should allow them to appeal to an even wider audience. Verdict Longtime Rankin readers will be pleased, as will new mystery readers. [See Prepub Alert, 5/16/11.]-Amy Watts, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.50 kg)|