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Innocent Graves (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820436
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,648,237 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.

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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.

About the Author

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in Canada. His Inspector Banks series has won numerous awards in Britain, Europe, the United States and Canada. There are now fifteen novels published by Pan Macmillan in the series. Aftermath, the twelfth, was a Sunday Times bestseller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By N. Shepherd on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2014
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A teenage girl is found strangled and half dressed in a graveyard on a foggy evening. There are few suspects apart from her parents and DCI Alan Banks has been warned not to put pressure on them by the chief constable. When loner Owen Pierce, is identified as having been in the area and there is forensic evidence to link him to the girl and the girl to him it seems like an open and shut case. This book is a bit different from previous books in the series as some of the action is shown from Owen's perspective - not just from the point of view of the police characters involved.

I found this absorbing reading and it was far from clear how things were going to work out in the end. Some of the book does show human nature at its worst with a mob threatening to attack the suspect. The book is well written and I thought the trial scenes were excellent. The insights into the mind of the suspect were very well done too and I had huge sympathy for him.

This series can be read in any order, though I am reading them in the order in which they were published. If you like crime novels with an atmospheric background - in this case the Yorkshire Dales - then try the DCI Banks series. There is some violence but it isn't graphically described and there is some swearing but both the violence and the language are an integral part of the story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 19 Jan. 2008
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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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Rickards on 14 Jun. 2003
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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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