Book review: “The Impossible Dead” by Ian Rankin

A police inquiry in a remote Scottish village leads investigators to an earlier and more dangerous generation in Ian Rankin's “The Impossible Dead.”
BY KAY DYER Published: June 3, 2012
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A police inquiry in a remote Scottish village leads investigators to an earlier and more dangerous generation in Ian Rankin's “The Impossible Dead” (Little Brown, $25.99).

Inspector Malcolm Fox and his internal affairs team hope to determine if fellow officers tried to cover up for a colleague convicted of misconduct. Their reception is less than cordial at the police station, where they are referred to as “The Complaints” when they are not being ignored.

Many obstacles are used to block the investigation. After Fox interviews a retired officer who helped convict the accused, the man is murdered, and the obstruction intensifies. Even the gun that killed the retired officer is not supposed to exist. It reportedly was destroyed by police years earlier during a period of political unrest and anarchy.

Despite objections from his superiors, Fox and his crew follow leads to current politicians who don't want their secrets exposed and are willing to kill to prevent that from happening.

— Kay Dyer