Malcolm Fox Series, No 2
Read by Peter Forbes
November 21, 2011 / ASIN: B006AZZWPM
Scottish Police procedural / Audiobook - Unabridged - 12 hours and
by Brenda Weeaks
With Inspector Rebus now retired (Exit
Music) author Ian Rankin moves on to a new series. Malcolm
Fox and his team from Internal Affairs were first introduced in
"The Complaints." The Complaints department investigates
dirty cops. They're called "The Dark Side" by fellow police
On the personal side Fox has a sister, and a father
in a nursing home. His sister helps with his father and resents
Fox paying for his father's care. The dad is quite normal with Fox,
but the sister insists he's not okay· Their lives and relationships
are not perfect but they stay in contact.
In this second installment Detective Paul Carter
is under investigation and his own uncle (also with the department)
is his opponent. Is the uncle a rare honest policeman ready and
willing to turn in a dirty cop? Or is he willing to throw his nephew
under the bus? And if so, why? Fox wants to solve this case and
is tempted to slip a toe across the line (so to speak) to get answers.
At one point his boss has to remind him to go by the book and be
willing to testify to the 'truth' in court. Fox and two team members
follow various leads, which seem to stir a hornet·s nest.
The uncle is murdered with Paul to blame. Then names of old terror
groups rise up. At one point Fox is tempted to believe in conspiracy
theories. Fair warning the case goes this way and that so pay close
attention as you listen. This case takes place in Rankin's Kingdom
of Fife. Fans of foreign mysteries will be delighted to know Rankin
has another masterful series on his hands.
The audio version is narrated by Scottish actor Peter Forbes, who
also narrates two of Rankin's other titles: The
Complaints and A Cool Head. Forbes brings out
the best and the worst of a copper in his narrations. Don't worry
about the need for caption with Forbes Scottish accent. He's narration
is quite clear. I look forward to more of his work as well.