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Dec 1998 Inspector Banks Novels (Book 9)
'Fans of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell who crave more contemporary themes should look no further than Peter Robinson' Washington Post
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380794764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380794768
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Robinson - leading author of British crime books. Peter grew up in Yorkshire and now divides his time between Richmond, North Yorkshire and Toronto, Canada. He is the bestselling crime writer of the critically acclaimed DCI Banks series of detective books, featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Peter's novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

In the latest in his series of detective books, WATCHING THE DARK, DCI Banks investigates the death of a fellow officer. Could an English girl who disappeared in Estonia six years ago hold the secret at the heart of this case?

WATCHING THE DARK is the 20th in a series of crime fiction novels about DCI Banks. The TV crime series DCI Banks is in its second series.

For all fans of quality crime fiction novels, more information, news and features about both Peter Robinson and the DCI Banks crime books are available at:

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'If you haven't encountered Chief Inspector Alan Banks before, prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology.' Ian Rankin, leading British crime writer

'[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league' The Times

'Banks is one of the most fully drawn figures in this genre of fiction' New York Times

If you have enjoyed the author Lee Child, any of Mark Billingham's books or the crime writer Peter James' novels, then try bestselling crime author Peter Robinson, whether you read his books in order or dive in at his latest, WATCHING THE DARK.

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'Robinson is definitely one to watch' Independent on Sunday 'Every page here is readable and compelling' Washington Times The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward.... Jason was a member of th Albion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he had insulted in the pub that evening; the shady friends of his business partner; or someone within the Albion League itself. And just as Banks begins to get a grip on the case, an unexpected discovery forces him to reconsider everything he believes.... 'It would be easy to become addicted to Robinson' Observer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire but now spends most of his time in Canada. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult One for Banks 3 Jun 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library. As I also come from Leeds the background to his stories is something that I have experienced first hand and because of this I have a special affection for his books. However they would be first class crime fiction wherever they were based.

Having said that I can understand to a degree why some readers may not like the books. Banks is a character that has grown over several books and the author is very comfortable not only with the character of Banks, but all the other character too. To me this makes the stories flow because the author instinctively knows how his characters are going to react in certain situations. The books are produced as a series and it is nice if you can read them all in the order they were written, but this is by no means compulsory as each book stands alone. They are what I would call `light' reading. By that I mean that they flow and not that they are third rate in any sense, in fact quite the opposite.

A young man has been kicked to death in a filthy alleyway. The victim is a known racist and at first it looks like the result of a pub fight gone wrong, until that is Banks learns that Jason Fox, the victim was a member of a white power organization known as the Albion League. Fox was bound to have enemies but who hated him enough to kill him? The young Pakistanis he had insulted in the pub earlier? Shady friends of his business partner, mark Wood? Someone who resented the teenager's growing power in a brutal and unforgiving organization? One thing is for sure Banks is not going to be short of suspects . . .
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fine Mystery 27 Feb 2006
It started slow but eventually picked up speed. DCI Alan Banks and DC Susan Gray are mired what seems to be a racially motivated murder. The brutally beaten victim is a member of a neo-Nazi group and three Pakistanis had an altercation with the victim in the local pub before he died. As Banks and Gray explore the neo-Nazi group in Eastvale and Leeds, their social lives take divergent paths. While Banks and his wife are growing apart, ultimately leading to separation, Susan Gray is starting to date again. With his love of classical music and devotion to work, Banks is a ubiquitous, amiable character.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Inspector Banks investigation 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Once again another brilliant Inspector Banks investigation. You get to know Inspector Bank's personality through the books and learn about his life and Yorkshire countryside where the books are based. The crime is never straighforward and try as you might you will not know the outcome until the last few pages. Once again I could not put the book down
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read 6 Jan 2002
By A Customer
To all fans of Inspector Rebus this will be a good book. While Banks differs from Rebus in a number of ways Robinson has the same ability to hook you into the characters. This was the first one I read (not the first in the series) and I'm now working my way back through the others and enjoying each one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In Eastvale, England Sandra and Alan Banks were more and more going their own way. Before Alan, a Detective Chief Inspector, can sort his feelings, he finds himself investigating the murder of Jason Fox, whose corpse was found near a local pub. Alan and his associate Detective Constable Susan Fox soon learn that Jason had a racial confrontation with three Pakistanis. They also discover that Jason worked for the Albion League, who allegedly sells illegal drugs to blacks.
Alan's personal life intercedes when a frustrated Sandra asks for a separation on the grounds that they have nothing in common anymore. Alan also has problems with his superiors, who seem to want him off the case because their superiors have their own sting operation that Alan might muddle. Increasingly becoming depressed and melancholic, Alan, with the help of his loyal sidekick, relentlessly presses on to ferret out the truth behind the killing of Jason Fox.
The Alan Banks mysteries are getting better and better as Peter Robinson has matured to the point of being one of the top writers of English police procedurals. The root of what makes BLOOD AT THE ROOT so good is the increasingly humanizing of Banks, whose character is a depository of personal problems that he struggles to keep out of his investigations. The police's official inquiry and the wealth of well written secondary characters who stomp into Alan's personal space, add a genuine feel to the novel, turning it into one of the top five releases in the sub-genre for 1997.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tiny Step Back 15 April 2014
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Dead Right the ninth book in the Peter Robinson authored Alan Banks series and sadly is in my opinion a slight step backwards from the highs of the previous three books.

The first thing to note is that this book is yet another departure for Robinson as it is the first book to be dominated by Banks personal life. Whilst the state of his marriage and his relationship with his children have always played a part in the books, Dead Right is almost dominated by developments in Alan Banks personal life and the effect these developments have on his frame of mind.

The case itself sees the team trying to track down the killer of a young man who has been kicked to death outside a club. A little digging reveals that the victim Jason Fox is a an active member of the very right wing Albion League and his extreme political views could possibly be the reason for his death.

This was a very enjoyable but somewhat dark book. The nature of the victims political views and the crisis developing in Alan's life means this is at times a very dark book. The story telling as usual with Robinson is wonderful, the twists and turns that you would expect are all here as are the wonderful cast of characters that Robinson has created.

One slight criticism is Susan Gay and her horrifically bad decisions in the men she dates. Sadly I felt that not only was this a rehashed story from a previous book, but it was also not very well hidden and the consequences could be seen coming from early on.

All in all this was a very enjoyable book that was a very good read. While it doesn't quiet hit the heights of the last two sensational Banks books I would still recommend it to any fans of the Banks series or fans of the crime genre in general.
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Not as good as other DCI Banks novels probably because I have read them in the wrong order. This was a early edition
Published 21 days ago by R Pavely
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good read as usual. Would recommend this whole series from the beginning. Oh and try to put Stephen tompkinson out of mind when reading.
Published 25 days ago by jerseycow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another great book from Peter Robinson. Its gripping right from the start and doesn't fail to satisfy - highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Julie Elphick
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Right, DCI Banks
I am addicted to these books, always a great plot with workable twists! Can't wait until I start the next in the series.
Published 1 month ago by T Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Right
Another fabulous book from Peter Robinson. I have read quite a few now and am slowly wading through them all.
Published 2 months ago by Heather Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Banks wins again
This was a really good read. I like the fact that it is set locally (to me). It does make it more real when it talks of places I have actually been. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Right
I remember enjoying this book at the time of reading, but without referring to it, I can't actually remember which Inspector Banks mystery it is!
Published 4 months ago by Hippolyta
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Right
Another good story especially if you live inYorkshire.That's what I like about his stories plus the twists that keep you guessing.
Published 4 months ago by N.Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars as usual
well written and good story-line as usual. A really good read, hard to put down. Believable characters some to like and some not!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Ja Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Banks
I like most of the Insp. Banks mysteries as they are all different but you get to know the characters who come across as real people very believable
Published 7 months ago by Deanne Fenton
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