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Doors Open for the Fox to enter,
This review is from: The Complaints (Hardcover)Rebus was always going to be a hard act to follow and if Ken Stott had played him from the beginning in the TV series, he'd have been even harder to follow. So, after a brief interlude with `Doors Open' Rankin has come up with another Edinburgh-based cop, Inspector Malcolm Fox.
He's middle-aged, divorced, stroppy - or should that be just grumpy - liked a glass or two but now has to stick to tomato juice and is as determined to solve the crime. So what's new? Well, the music is and, initially, he doesn't have a sidekick he can kick to the side.
Working for the unit which polices the police - The Complaints of the title - this first story brings into play a current hot topic - paedophilia; regrettably bringing into focus a CID officer suspected of being involved in an online group. Circumstances change as this character teams up with Fox and, as the bodies seem to pile up yet again, Rankin's great ability to entertain us with the current financial property mess coupled with the local atmosphere, local policing, local characters and, dare I say, almost another Rebus, the book is a great start to a new series - presumably. I believe I read somewhere that Rankin does not rule out Fox and Rebus appearing in a future story - after all, there must a crime or two in which the previous hero was involved which may well need a further police audit?
I loved the Rebus character and it's hard to brush this aside and take on Fox's persona. But the book works and I'll look forward to the next. Since Fox is in his forties, there are a few years ahead of us. Hopefully, this Fox will become as popular as the glacier mint of the same name.