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Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 21) [Hardcover]

Peter Robinson
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15 Aug 2013 Inspector Banks 21

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.

The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet . . .

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444704915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704914
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter has written twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series as well as two collections of short stories and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is Number One bestseller BEFORE THE POISON. The critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third in February 2014.

Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

Find out more from Peter's website,, or visit his Facebook page,

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A wonderful, well-written plot with a great twist and strong characters and there's even romance on the cards for Banks too. A page-turning read for both fans of Robinson and Banks and readers who really enjoy a good crime-thriller. (Woman's Way)

As Robinson slowly moves towards a fitting and satisfying climax he manages to increase the tempo with each turn of the page thanks to a well-crafted and multi layered plot. (Milo's Rambles blog)

Praise for Peter Robinson (:)

'Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league' (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)

Robinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader (Independent)

Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch . . . As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector's frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study . . . this is one of the series' highlights. (Starred Review Booklist)

Robinson's gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his work. The Alan Banks books have won many awards over the years including the Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel for Past Reason Hated and the Anthony Award for In a Dry Season; Children of the Revolution is a solid entry. (Good Book Guide)

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The twenty-first novel in Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far from his best 17 Sep 2013
By contad
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Couldn't wait to finish this book, not because I was enjoying it, just wanted to move on to something else.
I have read all the Banks books and they were my absolute favourites until the last 2 books.
I totally agree with the reviewer who felt that the character of Banks in the book has been diluted to fit the TV character, who is absolutely nothing like the Banks in the previous books and very difficult to warm to.
The characters we had come to know, seemed mere shadows of their former selves, with no real substance, but lots of fairly boring padding on issues which were not always relevant to the story.
Would a senior police officer really have visited someone they were fairly certain had committed a murder, alone, without any backup?
Whilst I appreciate it must be difficult to maintain the very high standard of earlier Banks books, this was disappointing and probably my last Banks.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointed 29 Dec 2013
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This is the first time I have written a negative comment but was so disappointed with this book. I am a fan of Peter Robinson's books and have read all the previous Alan Banks stories so looked forward to the latest instalment. To put it simply, this book felt like it had been written by someone else, maybe the script writer for the TV series which is awful. Alan Banks has had a personality transplant: where is his caring, self questioning personality? His life and family outside work was mentioned in short, factual sentences but there was no emotion or feeling. He was more aggressive with witnesses and suspects with little balance. This was so the case with Annie Cabbot, again she read like a different person.

While I have really enjoyed this series of books maybe it would be better to call it a day than continue in this vein
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 12 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a great fan of Peter Robinson's earlier books such as 'The Summer That Never Was' and 'Friend Of The Devil' which are beautifully written and give a good sense of place and time, so this comes as a profound disappointment. There is little of the complex plotting and detailed descriptions of his previous work; instead we have undeveloped characters (even Annie and Winsome are one dimensional here) and an unlikely plot, with a vast amount of the book being taken up with endless speculation about whodunnit, often on the weakest of evidence. I genuinely found it difficult to finish and really did not care what happened in the end. If you are new to Peter Robinson start with the books mentioned above, not this one; you won't be disappointed.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time to Retire, DCI Banks! 11 Jan 2014
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I've read every one of the Banks novels to date, and enjoyed most of them. They did go through a bit of a slump a few years ago, but seemed to revive somewhat thereafter. But, oh dear, this one is absolutely awful. Things that, in moderation, helped previously to flesh out Banks' character, now settle into an unremitting stream of wordy introspection of regrets from the past, resignation in the present and little hope for the future, all liberally sprinkled with a never-ending catalogue of favourite music tracks and alcoholic beverages! There is absolutely no action, just one lengthy chapter after another of conversations, discussions and interviews. I know that Robinson can still write ('Before the Poison' is excellent), but DCI Banks appears to be on his last legs. If you haven't yet discovered the 'Roy Grace' novels of Peter James, now is the time!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Detective Novel 19 Aug 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Peter Robinson's new DCI Banks novel is an exemplary study of investigative detective work into Gavin Miller, a 59 year old desperate man who has plummeted from a bridge onto a disused railway line. A post-mortem showed signs of a scuffle before death. He had 5,000 of untraceable notes in his pocket. No motives or forensic evidence apparent. DCI Banks is behind his formidable team of detectives Annie Cabbot, Geraldine (Gerry) Masterson and physically imposing Winsome Jackson.

With little to go on the team are determined to unravel the death that reeks of murder. Tracing the background of Miller opens a can of worms stretching back to Essex University in the early 1970's during the miners' strike and their flying pickets. His latter role as a lecturer at Eastvale College where he was disgracefully dismissed for sexual allegations are relevant. The connections of Miller are the crux of the novel. His involvement with prominent titled figures, notably Lady Veronica Chalmers (known as Ronnie) who was at University with Miller is an interesting find. She is now married to an influential theatrical producer who is wealthy, influential and they have relatives with high political ambitions.

The author spins a fine web of deception and intrigue with his stylish narrative and prose accompanied by cracking dialogue. It starts with a straightforward investigation but cleverly involves many characters who are not who they seem, hiding numerous secrets for personal reasons, with Miller the maltreated individual. The female detectives are remorseless and thorough in their pursuit of the truth and justice despite the reticence of their interviewees with Banks taking a laid back presence but always in charge, directing and controlling proceedings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not the best Banks novel
Disappointed Annie's character changed to fit with TV series. Several typo's too which is poor. Not one of his best!
Published 5 hours ago by C A Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars I got my husband to read a book this year ...
I got my husband to read a book this year. He decided he wanted to read all the DCI Banks books. He is slowly working his way down the pile I have
Published 16 hours ago by Patricia Harling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 day ago by geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read as always with Peter Robinson's DCI Banks books.
Published 1 day ago by Dancer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good service.
Published 3 days ago by John Hitchcox.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love these books
Just love these books, you feel you know the characters and the places. Always a great page turner. More please
Published 4 days ago by paula shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars DCI Banks - forget the TV Travesty, get the real thing!
For anyone who has not read any DCI Banks novels, it's important to read them in chronological order to understand this pub loving Yorkshire detective in his true colours and love... Read more
Published 9 days ago by S H Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 days ago by Patricia Relton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy
Published 15 days ago by PD
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long for the plot
I have read all the Banks books to date and must say that this one was disappointing. The plot meanders around, with characters going into lengthy discussions and thought... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mr I T Reynolds
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