Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987 and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Hull and Edinburgh. He has also 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.
Fans of Rankin's Det. Insp. John Rebus will be disappointed by this so-so police procedural, his second stand-alone since Rebus "retired" (after Doors Open). Malcolm Fox-call him Rebus "Lite" (he doesn't drink, he broods less, and he has none of Rebus's wit)-works for the Scottish equivalent of Internal Affairs, "Complaints and Conduct" (aka "the Complaints"), which investigates corrupt cops. Fox looks into the case of Det. Sgt. Jamie Breck, who may be trading in child pornography over the Internet. Meanwhile, when Vince Faulkner, Fox's sister's lover and abuser, turns up dead, Fox becomes a murder suspect. A torturously complicated plot follows involving the suspicious suicide of a failing property developer, large-scale money laundering, and crookedness at every level of Scottish society, but nothing's really at stake. As always with Rankin, Scotland itself is a main character-"the whole of Scotland's in meltdown," says Fox-and that may be this tepid novel's main attraction. 10-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Internationally best-selling author/Edgar Award winner Rankin's (www.ianrankin.net) latest police procedural is the first in a new series featuring Edinburgh cop Malcolm Fox, a member of "The Complaints," a team that investigates purportedly dirty cops. The job means shutting down corruption while trying to maintain relationships with coworkers on the beat. This current case involves a convoluted conspiracy to discredit Fox and protect a seriously bad cop. As performed by Scottish actor Peter Forbes, cosmopolitan Edinburgh comes alive as a city with a gritty underside. While some Rankin fans may miss Inspector Rebus, most will want to become better acquainted with the equally complex Fox. Of particular interest to fans of Denise Mina and Michael Robotham; a great choice for all mystery lovers. [The Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown hc also received a starred review, LJ 1/11; the Back Bay pb will publish in November 2011.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.