Review: The Impossible Dead

The Impossible Dead
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reasonably interesting read in which an Internal Affairs officer does just about anything except investigate the internal complaint which leads him into the narrative, and instead takes on an unpaid commission from a private citizen that seems loosely connected to the original brief, leaving his two barely-competent sidekicks to thud their way through an increasingly irrelevant sideline to the main plot. That plot is engaging enough, but relied on far too many coincidences and fortuitous appearances from characters that had stayed silent or unreachable for decades, and ultimately, the whole thing hinges on a narrative twist so unreasonable that it simply stopped being believable.

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