|Author: Iain Banks|
|Local journalist Cameron Colley sticks up for the underdog, often exposing prominent people who take advantage of the less fortunate. The trouble is that a twisted serial killer seems to have the same motives, committing murder on behalf of the same kind of underdogs.|
From the Publisher:
COMPLICITY n. 1. the fact of being an accomplice, esp. in a criminal act
Local journalist Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have the same MO -- he commits brutal murders on behalf of the underdog. As the two stories begin to merge, Cameron finds himself inextricably and inexplicably implicated by the killer.
When the arms dealer whom Cameron plans to expose is found literally "disarmed" before Cameron can even put pen to paper and the brewery chief, loathed by Cameron, who sold out at the expense of his workers finds himself permanently unemployable, the police become convinced of Cameron's guilt, as do half his friends and colleagues, forcing Cameron to employ all his investigative skills to find the real killer and his motive.
A series of savage, "punishment-fits-the-crime" assaults carried out by a self-styled avenger seems to implicate Cameron Colley, a journalist at an Edinburgh newspaper. Detained by the police as a suspect, Cameron protests that he's being set up, though he can't hide a certain admiration for the avenger's violent justice. Cameron knows that the only way to prove his innocence is to lead the police to the vigilante himself--a good plan until it becomes clear to him that the culprit is uncomfortably close to home.
"I've been a fan of Iain Banks since 'The Wasp Factory', and 'Complicity' is Banks at his absolute best. It isn't that you can't put this book down; it's that you don't dare put this book down." - Donald E. Westlake Guardian (London)
"For its ingenious construction, and the adroitness with which Banks switches between past and present, 'Complicity' is as daring and brilliant as his third novel, 'The Bridge'. For verve and pace, it's his best yet." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Literate, passionate, and well-paced, 'Complicity' succeeds as both an absorbing entertainment and a chilling examination of accountability in a morally bankrupt world." Washington Post
"Just when you thought that books about serial killers had been done to death, along comes Iain Banks' 'Complicity'...an ingenious plot, and plenty of style and scare." Chicago Tribune
"Iain Banks is no ordinary author and 'Complicity' is not a typical thriller....Banks' storytelling skills are seductive."