A Malcolm Fox novel. Introduced in a previous Inspector Rebus novel, Inspector Fox is a member of The Complaints, the hated and feared department based in Edinburgh that investigates bent coppers. Sent out of town to investigate a sexually abusive cop whose own uncle, a retired cop, blew the whistle on him, Fox find that the tale goes back decades, to 1985. As always, there is an earlier crime, and Fox must find survivors to find the truth. At the rate they keep dying – including the whistle-blowing retiree – he's got a serious problem to hand. As always, Ian Rankin has given us a tense, complex, multi-layered, atmospheric mystery starring a new, and eventually sympathetic, cop at the helm. It's a 4. Find the author at www.ianrankin.net
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