One of the great things about the Nine to Noon show, hosted by Kathryn Ryan - who also regularly does interviews with New Zealand and visiting authors, is that they do semi-regularly cover some crime and thriller titles.
Today the reviewer was fellow blogger Graham "Bookman" Beattie, who is (deservedly) highly-regarded in the New Zealand book industry. He is the former head of Penguin Books, a Book Awards judge, and a Books Editor.
"It seems to me that only an extremely confident author would retire a character they had taken 20 years to develop", says Beattie of the Rankin novel that introduces a new central character, Inspector Malcolm Fox of the Lothian police complaints and conduct department.
But despite the changes, and early thoughts that the protagonist was fairly dull (possibly on purpose), Beattie warmed to the book, concluding that "While Ian Rankin has given us a new detective in THE COMPLAINTS one thing remains constant, he is still one of the very best writers in the crime fiction world."
You can listen to Beattie's full review of THE COMPLAINTS here, or you can read the text of the radio review here (you might have to scroll down). I understand that tomorrow's Nine to Noon book review will also be a crime novel - Peter Temple's latest.
Have any of you read THE COMPLAINTS? What do you think? Have you read lots of the Rebus novels? Who are some of your favourite ongoing detectives?