Search Results: "Peter Robinson"


BOOK REVIEW

WATCHING THE DARK by Peter Robinson
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"The tale unfolds realistically but uncompellingly, with Banks the only truly memorable character this time around."
The death of a fellow officer sends DCI Alan Banks (Bad Boy, 2010, etc.) looking for secrets in every corner of Eastvale and eventually as far afield as Estonia. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Despite the double plot requiring two virtually unrelated pools of characters, the thematic connections between the cold case and the red-hot case are so pervasive and powerful that the result is one of the most tightly spun tales to come from Robinson's remorseless imagination."
Alan Banks' first case as detective superintendent is a 50-year-old sex crime that's echoed by an equally appalling assault in present-day Eastvale. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end."
DS Alan Banks is snapped out of mourning his long-ago first love by a particularly nasty murder spree that interrupts the nuptials at St. Mary's Church. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2014

"Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft."
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. Read full book review >

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BLOOD AT THE ROOT by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Though the unending whirl of soap-opera romance in Banks's life can wear thin, his ninth procedural (Innocent Graves, 1996, etc.) is abrim with racial tension, patient detective work, and the hero's appealing decency."
It looks like a common enough kind of crime: Outspoken young racist Jason Fox has been beaten and kicked to death in an alley on the way home from the pub where he insulted a trio of Pakistanis. Read full book review >

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BAD BOY by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"A lightweight but entertaining outing."
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks returns from a reflective U.S. vacation to contend with the abduction of his daughter and the shooting of his female partner. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST CUT by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"For the most part, though: a brutally efficient page-turner that shows a welcome new side to Banks's accomplished creator."
A taut stand-alone suspenser first published in Canada as Caedmon's Song in 1990, the year Robinson's well-regarded Inspector Banks debuted in the US in Gallows View.Read full book review >

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WEDNESDAY'S CHILD by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"Expert lesser work from Robinson (Past Reason Hated, 1993, etc.): an unsurprising but thoroughly accomplished British procedural that puts its lowlife denizens through their paces with all the withering mastery of a lion tamer."
There's precious little time for Yorkshire Inspector Alan Banks's worries about his distant wife or teenage daughter; he's hot on the trail of the couple, plausibly masquerading as social workers, who took 7-year-old Gemma Scupham away from her slatternly mother. Read full book review >

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COLD IS THE GRAVE by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"The result is mystery-mongering at once as sensitive and grandly scaled as P.D. James's."
Fresh from his plunge into the murky waters of history (In a Dry Season, 1999), Robinson proves that present-day England can be equally enigmatic and equally disturbing. Read full book review >

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PAST REASON HATED by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"The final revelation, unfortunately, isn't up to what comes before: a steady, cleareyed revelation of Caroline's personality, combined with piercing insight into an unusually generous circle of suspects."
Brand-new Detective Constant Susan Gay rousts Yorkshire Chief Inspector Alan Banks (The Hanging Valley, etc.) from a wedding party for departing Sgt. Read full book review >

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ALL THE COLORS OF DARKNESS by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"The much-honored Robinson (Friend of the Devil, 2008, etc.) revisits a concept even Agatha Christie, in one of her last novels, couldn't bring to life. Despite his far more subtle and powerful psychological insight, he doesn't pull it off either."
What looks like a routine murder-suicide turns into a nerve-wracking case for DCI Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot. Read full book review >

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FRIEND OF THE DEVIL by Peter Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"As usual with Robinson, the characters are beautifully drawn, the frequent conflicts sharply etched and the soundtrack of pop tunes ubiquitous. The resolution to both cases seems almost beside the point."
A pair of Mother's Day homicides seem equally sinister—until one of them takes DCI Alan Banks and his squad (Piece of My Heart, 2006, etc.) back to an even more horrifying series of past crimes. Read full book review >