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Innocent Graves (Inspector Banks Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter Robinson
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April 2004 Inspector Banks Novels (Book 8)
A new crime novel featuring Detective Chief Inspector Banks, whose investigation into the savage murder of a schoolgirl brings to light the many guilty secrets and deadly lies that lurk beneath the surface of the small town of Eastvale, where she lived. By the author of WEDNESDAY'S CHILD and DRY BONES THAT DREAM.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820436
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,150,650 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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'Robinson is steadily ascending toward the pinnacle of crime fiction.' Publishers Weekly; 'Atmospheric... distinguished by a deep understanding of human nature and its foibles.' Time Out --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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But Deborah was no typical sixteen-year-old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own . . . With his colleague Detective Constable Susan gay, Inspector Alan Banks moves among the many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some deadly lies begin to emerge . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The night it all began, a thick of fog rolled down the dale and enfolded the town of Eastvale in the shroud. Read the first page
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Robinson goes from strength to strength 13 Oct 2008
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Since I gave a favourable review to the first of the Banks series, Gallows View, I have read nearly all of the rest of the books in the series. I have enjoyed them all, but this one is by far the best yet.

It marks a new departure in Robinson's style. The preceding novels tend to focus on Banks himself, whereas his viewpoint is one of many in this novel. For the first time, we see a significant part of the action through the eyes of a suspect - Owen Pierce, who is suspected of the murder of a teenage girl. This means we get very little of Banks's family life, and I for one consider this a bonus. When reading a detective novel, I can't muster up much interest in the detectives' relationships, marital problems etc. Not that Robinson overdoes it in his other books, but the passages involving Banks's wife and kids are the ones that I have found least gripping, as a rule.

The other significant departure is that we see Banks and some of his team as rather more brutal than before. They are convinced that they have the right man for the murder, and go well beyond what should be acceptable police procedure to prove it. When they find that Pierce has an edition of Playboy, a dirty video and a copy of Lady Chatterley (!), they treat him as a pervert. In interview they bully him and twist his words until he becomes so confused he starts to contradict himself, to their great delight. This part made for uncomfortable reading, as did Pierce's treatment at the hands of the police while in custody. What Robinson does here is move his police characters away from likeable, dependable, upright types with civilised tastes towards single-minded, inflexible people who don't mind making the evidence fit the suspect rather than, as it should be, the reverse.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 18 Sep 2007
By kimmy
To me this is how a good crime story should be done, its not trying to be pretentious, it doesn't lose itself up its own bottom, its main character is believable, likeable and has flaws. Its not written to heavily you become so bogged down in description you lose the plot, it keeps you guessing the characters are well written and rounded.
My first Peter Robinson but def not my last
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where The Series REALLY Grows Up! 11 July 2007
I love Peter Robinson's Banks stories and going back to read them again one after the other really lets you see the development. For me this is the book where the series goes from quite polite thrillers to big meaty thrillers. This is acheived by having two stories running together - the Alan Banks story line, where he's investigating the murder, and the story through the eyes of the man accused with the crime. Excellent stuff!!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English Henning Mankell 14 Jun 2003
I have never read anything from Peter Robinson before and was looking for a book to read on the beach. I have already exhausted what Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallender has to offer so I thought I would try another detective in Peter Robinsons Ian Banks. I was not dissapointed! The book grips you and keeps you interested. Like Mankell it has no big city glamour or a dashing hero so it has a more believable feel to it. And like all good detective mysteries it keeps you guessing. I still prefer Henning Mankell's writing but whilst I am waiting for his next one I have a more than worthy substitute to be getting on with.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you are familiar with the Inspector Banks novels, get ready for a noticeable change in the usual flow of the story. There are several things that are different in "Innocent Graves", but the first one that comes to mind is that Inspector Banks has a less prominent role in the story. Or maybe I should refer to is as less "screen time". This happens because there is a significant portion of the story that covers the trial of the accused in the murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. Here Robinson shows once again that he is willing to take risks, and even though he did not write a legal thriller per se, he did take a step in that direction, with a result that was more than adequate.

There are a couple of new characters in Bank's team, and since one of them presents a striking contrast with the boisterous Hatchley, I liked the result of this experiment. Also, the usual elements that make Robinson's writing special are present, especially the conversation fragments that give us great insight into the minds of the characters. I felt that he was successful with the construction of the mystery too, even though he could have crafted the ending a little better, instead of just letting it resolve by itself and fall on the lap of the police.

My main gripe with this installment has to do with the little development we see in the sub-plot having to do with Banks and his family. In previous novels we witnessed how the inspector and his wife started having issues after their kids left the nest, and it would have been interesting to find out how this progressed. After all, one of the main reasons why I read series is because I like the character development from book to book and the elements outside the main plot. I hope that in the next novel Robinson rectifies this and delivers another outstanding work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Banks review 3 Sep 2013
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I love Peter Robinsons "Banks" books, another view on the famous inspector, so well written, you can "see" the characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pages missing
Final 13 pages missing from download. No help from Customer service
Published 5 days ago by W LAMONT
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent Graves
Another excellent work from Peter Robinson. Well drawn characters and subtle changes throughout the plot. And very good use of language in both the descriptive and personal scenes. Read more
Published 13 days ago by tony cheetham
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
just how many stories can you write on the same theme, why the flaming peppermints? that's just totally annoying, and adds nothing to the story
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Robsinson is always a good read
Inspector Banks novels are always a nice pace and interesting to read. The sort of book you want to read fast but also want to savour the story. Enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by plane jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled
Did I miss something at the end, is there a sequel or do we invent it ourselves? Really strange ending
Published 1 month ago by D Colville
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjjoyable read from a firm favourite author!
Inspector Banks series, is a reliable series of books when one is looking for a familiar read of a home-grown author. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PipEmma
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Crime Novels I Have Read
Innocent Graves the eighth book in the excellent Alan Banks series is not just the best Alan Banks so far but one of the best crime novels I have ever had the pleasure of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by pphillips
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read
Grest read. They are spoilt for me now by the casting of Stephen Tompkinson in the role. He is the opposite of how Banks is described in the books.
Published 3 months ago by jerseycow
5.0 out of 5 stars V. Good
I've been reading through Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series from the beginning - none have disappointed, it's a very good series and well written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and unredeemable characters
The one book in the series where none of the characters were any better in personality or "nice people" even the innocent.
Published 4 months ago by P Slot
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