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The Impossible Dead : Malcolm Fox : Book 2 - Ian Rankin

The Impossible Dead

Malcolm Fox : Book 2

Paperback Published: 29th May 2012
ISBN: 9781409136293
Number Of Pages: 432

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Malcolm Fox returns in the stunning second novel in Ian Rankin's new series...

Malcolm Fox and his team are back, investigating whether fellow cops covered up for Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct, but what should be a simple job is soon complicated by a brutal murder and a weapon that should not even exist.

A trail of revelations leads Fox back to 1985, a year of desperate unrest when letter-bombs and poisonous spores were sent to government offices and kidnappings and murders were plotted. But while the body count rises the clock starts ticking and a dramatic turn of events sees Fox in mortal danger.

About the Author

Ian Rankin is a regular No.1 bestseller and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger and in 2009 he was inducted into the CWA Hall of Fame. He lives with his family in Edinburgh and in 2003 received an OBE for his services to literature.

Industry Reviews

"Fox works for me. Divorced and in his mid-40s, he's quieter than Rebus and warier of confrontation, but no less complex... So doubters be damned: this novel is taut, compulsive and hugely satisfying" -- John O'Connell * GUARDIAN *
This is the second outing for Rankin's Inspector Malcolm Fox, who has the seemingly impossible job of rooting out corrupt colleagues -- Henry Sutton * DAILY MIRROR *
Proving there's life - and murder - after gloomy Rebus, Rankin pops up with a new cop here, DI Fox * MAIL ON SUNDAY 'LIVE' *
Criminally good -- Fanny Blake * WOMAN AND HOME *
The plot, pacing and characterisation are all handled with impeccable skill, while Rankin infuses his story with subtle social commentary into the bargain. Fans may still mourn Rebus, but Fox is a worthy replacement * BIG ISSUE *
No one writes dialogue that seethes with conflict as well as him -- Mark Sanderson * EVENING STANDARD *
This is Rankin, so it's only to be expected that the plotting should be tight, the dialogue quick-fire, the crimes disturbingly believable, taking place as they do in a world that is so thoroughly and obviously our own, today. What the creator of Rebus also gives us in Fox - initially in the inspector's first outing, The Complaints, and again here is another complex, driven policeman: difficult, largely miserable and lonely, but utterly real' -- Alison Flood * THE OBSERVER *
What is the most memorable here is the storyline about the deterioration of Fox's father, handled so sensitively as to make Henning Mankell's depiction of the decline of Wallander's father seem histrionic -- Jake Kerridge * FINANCIAL TIMES *
Fox remains a worthy successor to Rebus, retaining his outsider status and incorruptibility but operating in a much more modern context -- Joan Smith * SUNDAY TIMES *
Post-Rebus Rankin has lost none of his mastery of excitingly gripping storystelling -- Marcel Berlins * THE TIMES *
masterful thriller that will have you gripped to the very last page * CANDIS *
taut, compulsive and hugely satisfying, with plenty to say about the limits of memory and the dangers of historical idealism. If this is where Rankin is now, I'm not sure I'd want him to be anywhere else -- John O'Connell * GUARDIAN *
He offers an account of personal and political alienation, the tactics needed to contain terrorism, and the desirability or otherwise of deceit -- Natasha Cooper * TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT *
Could Ian Rankin ever follow his Rebus success? Happily for his fans, he proves he can * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
Last of all, envy stops me from saying more about Ian Rankin's new novel, than that it's impossibly good -- Philip Kerr * THE SCOTSMAN *
"An addictive, brilliantly written page-turner" * PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH *
"A cracking thriller starring Ian Rankin's new hero Malcolm Fox" -- Shari Low * DAILY RECORD *

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An enjoyable read. If you like Rebus then you should enjoy this tome. The characters are similar albeit a bit softer in their style.

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Having retired Rebus,Rankin has found another experienced detective who is sober, supportive of a parent and in touch with his sister.He shows awareness of the chain of command and bends it rather than having a Rebus -like contempt of it.A light read which I enjoyed and recommend to those who appreciate the twisted Rankin plotlines.

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ISBN: 9781409136293
ISBN-10: 1409136299
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 29th May 2012
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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Ian Rankin

About the Author


Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. 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 for '
Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews and Edinburgh.

A contributor to BBC2's 'Newsnight Review', he also presented his own TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'. He recently 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.

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