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review 2019-01-10 04:13
Malcolm Fox Uncovers Corruption both Past and Present
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin

Detective Paul Carter has been found guilty of some pretty clear-cut criminal activity. Fox and his team have been brought into investigate a neighboring force, Carter's own, to see who might have been involved with him -- or at the least covered up for him. They weren't involved with the original investigation, but that doesn't keep anyone from hating them as they come in for the follow-up.

 

Not too surprisingly, they're getting nowhere fast. So they go fishing -- not talking to the detectives they're looking into, but witnesses and others. One of them ends up dead not long after Fox talks to him. There's enough hinky in the crime scene, what the witness had told Fox -- and the fact the detectives in charge are the same ones that Fox and his team are looking into, that Fox determines he needs to look into things.

 

There's a tie between this murder and an old cold case involving a firebrand politician tied to the more militant wing of Scottish Nationalism. Fox is convinced that the two crimes are linked and he sets about proving who killed one man as a way to finding the killer of the other. This two-pronged focus of the book keeps Fox, his partners, and the readers on their toes.

 

Despite all the differences between the two characters (which will become even more obvious, it seems in the next Rebus book), they ultimately operate best in the same way, as lone wolves. But when Rebus goes off on his own and causes trouble, it's just par for the course. When Fox does it, it's out character -- he's a team player (at least he wants to be), so there's a lot of mechanics involved in getting him off on his own. In <b>The Complaints</b> it took a conspiracy to isolate Fox, here, it takes one detective Fox crossed to take advantage of his tenuous link to a crime.

 

But on his own, Fox will do more to uncover the facts not just of the murder he's wanting to investigate, the investigation he's supposed to be running, and a very cold case. Yes, he does work with his friends who are still on the inside, to confirm or deepen his knowledge (and he does feed information back to them), but he's very much on his own.

There's a good amount of family drama again for Fox -- grounding Fox and giving a dimension to the character that is good to see (even if it doesn't always bring out the best in him).

 

I very much enjoyed watching Fox work -- and try to stay near the system, if he can't stay in it. The solutions to the crimes are well done -- by both Fox and Rankin. We even get a little bit of a cameo-like appearance of good ol' Rebus. Nothing about this really blew me away, but I was gripped throughout, and entertained by the whole thing. Rankin's good enough that he doesn't have to dazzle you as a reader to be very aware that you're in the hands of a master. Fox would be worth following on his own, and I'm glad we got to see him for a couple of books before he comes park of the greater universe surrounding Rebus.


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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/09/the-impossible-dead-by-ian-rankin-malcolm-fox-uncovers-corruption-both-past-and-present
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quote 2018-06-11 14:36
It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop the dreamer from dreaming?

By Laini Taylor in her book, Strange the Dreamer

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review 2018-05-12 00:23
Impossible Bachelor (Bachelor Tower Series, Book 2) by Ruth Cardello
Impossible Bachelor (Bachelor Tower Series, Book 2) - Ruth Cardello

 

 

Kylie is a sheep in wolf's clothing. Her heart is more fragile than she let's on. Ben is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He knows how to fool the best. Impossible Bachelor thrives on illusions. The characters are not the image they present to the world, but a work in progress striving to find a happy ending as elusive as the stars in the sky. Broken by life, hurt by love, Kylie is afraid to trust her heart. Ben is the piece of the puzzle that could mend her soul and he'll break every wall she erects to build himself a home in her sheltered heart. Cardello makes complicated look like a piece of cake. A little rough around the edges, but a deliciously flavorful treat. (4.5 stars)

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review 2017-11-29 17:20
Great coming-of-age story!
The Impossible Fortress - Jason Rekulak

Vanna White in Playboy that is how it all started. All Billy and his friends, Alf and Clark, wanted was to get their hands on a copy. Simple… not at all. You have to be eighteen to purchase Playboy and they are always kept behind the counter at Zelinsky’s store. After several failed attempts to lay hands on the coveted prize, they hatch a plan to steal a copy. All they need is the code to the security alarm. The plan involves Billy cozying up to Mary, the shop owner’s computer nerd daughter, and getting it from her. Billy, a computer geek himself, ends up falling for Mary. What is a guy to do? Betray his friends or betray Mary?

 

Oh, the nostalgia! The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak, brought back a lot of memories for me. The story was great and I kept rooting for Billy even though I could see he was heading for trouble. The characters were flawed but in a good way. The story was paced well so you never got bored and it did not feel rushed either. Great coming-of-age story and thoroughly enjoyable! I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Source: www.thespineview.com/genre/ya/the-impossible-fortress-by-jason-rekulak
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text 2017-09-21 21:41
ummm...
Dawn and the Impossible Three - Gale Galligan,Ann M. Martin

I'm kind of uncomfortable with the colorist's palate in this book and the fact that the Japenese characters were given a literal orange-yellow skin tone.

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