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A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Robinson
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Near the village of Helmthorpe, Swainsdale, the body of a well-liked local historian is found half-buried under a drystone wall. Harry Steadman has been brutally murdered. But who would want to kill such a thoughtful, dedicated man?

Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called in to investigate and soon discovers that disturbing secrets lie behind the apparently bucolic facade. It is clear that young Sally Lumb, locked in her lover's arms on the night of the murder, knows more than she is letting on. And her knowledge could lead to danger . . .

'The novels of Peter Robinson are chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art' Dennis Lehane

'Inspector Banks - a man for all seasons, he knows that often the answers to the clues are hidden in his own heart' Michael Connelly

'If you haven't encountered Chief Inspector Alan Banks before, prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology. And watch for those twists - they'll get you every time' Ian Rankin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1422 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DWC6MW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect little thriller 11 Mar. 2004
"A dedicated man" is the second of the Inspector Banks novels by Peter Robinson.
The book follows the investigation into the murder of Harry Steadman, an historian, who apparently had no enemies.
I am not usually a fan of thrillers of less than 300 pages as they are often either rushed or lacking in detail. The same cannot be said for this excellent book. The pacing is perfect, and the plot twists back and forth as the investigation of the crime centres on five people who had known Harry for some time. The author skillfully leads you round the houses and from one suspect to the next until pulling the answers out at the end like a rabbit from a magician's hat.
In my opinion, what sets Peter Robinson above the bulk of thriller writers is the believability of his characters. Robinson does not populate his books with larger-than-life characters, but rather with ordinary people, with ordinary jobs and ordinary lives, who commit crimes for motives which can be understood and even empathised with. In this respect, Peter Robinson is rivaled only by Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series.
Another excellent aspect of Robinson's writing is his description of the area in which his books are set. He vividly conjures mental images of the Yorkshire dales which even those who haven't seen "All creatures great and small" or visited the area would be able to envisage. Once again, comparison's to Rankin's descriptions of Edinburgh and Glasgow are inevitable.
This book carries on where the excellent "Gallows view" left off, and left me itching to read the third book in the series. I am at a total loss to find any areas which could have been improved.
For fans of great detective fiction, this book and it's predecessor are a must-read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Twists and Very Good Ending 26 Sept. 2003
I really enjoyed this book. It is a liitle better than his first book, Gallows End, and I would mention four aspects in support of this view:
First, I found the characters more intruiging, especially the attractive ex hippie Penny Cartright and her father. Secondly the plotting was more skillful with plenty of twists and turns which left me suspecting everyone at some point during the book. Thirdly, the Yorkshire Dales backdrop is more evocatively woven into the story and fourthly the ending is very clever and not one I had imagined.
Robinson's books are excellent and some of his more recent efforts, such as In A Dry Season and Aftermath are also worth looking out for. Only John Harvey comes close to conjouring up such an evocative and tense atmosphere. Highly Recommended.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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This was my first exposure to the Chief Inspector Banks series. I became hooked immediately; enough so that I purchased all the books in the series and am reading through them one-by-one in chronological order.
Chief Inspector Banks ranks among the best in terms of his ability to solve a crime. Yet there is a softer side to him that has been developed fantastically. I think some review of the Banks series said that you are left wondering what the characters are up to long after you finished the book. How true! I often wonder what Banks is up to, how his family relationships are going, what Sgts. Hatchley and Gay have been doing lately, and so on.
I thoroughly praise and thank Peter Robinson for giving us Chief Inspector Banks. Though somewhat different in style, if you enjoy the Chief Inspector Morse series, you'll love the Banks series. A Dedicated Man would be an excellent introduction to a fantastic series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dedicated Man 10 Dec. 2014
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Harry Steadman is found dead under a partly collapsed dry stone wall. This isn't just an unfortunate accident as it first appears to be but murder as he was dead before he was partly buried by the wall. But no one has a bad word to say about him so why was he murdered and who by? DCI Alan Banks naturally starts with his nearest and dearest and his close circle of friends but nothing obvious comes to light and everyone seems to have had an alibi anyway.

Gradually as Banks and his team keep asking questions a complex web of relationships in uncovered which may have a lot more hidden tensions than it at first appears to have. What about a teenager who may know more than she thinks she does and is it wise for her to start investigating on her own?

This is a complex story with a well constructed plot and some excellent writing and likeable characters. The Yorkshire fell background is well realised too. This series is definitely growing on me. I like Banks himself as a character with his tendency to find himself attracted to female witnesses and his liking for classical music. I don't think that the series necessarily needs to be read in order of publication and this novel could definitely have been read as a standalone story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life And Death In The Yorkshire Dales 3 Nov. 2011
I have read books from later in the `Alan Banks' series, so I already know what happens to the character in his personal life, although this does not detract in any way from my enjoyment in back-tracking a little, in this, the second book in the series.

Peter Robinson is still establishing the character and his family, fleshing them out, to give them a life of their own. They are becoming totally believable, not too exuberant or larger than life, as they strive to fit into their new home and community in the Yorkshire dales, after the hustle and bustle of life in London.

Banks is coming to like his new found peace and quiet, mentally leaving the investigation for short periods, to share his random thoughts and to wax lyrical in his very vivid and real descriptions, of his adopted Yorkshire Dales.

Much of the investigation seems to take place in or around various public houses and involves quite a large intake of both alcohol and tobacco, with much of the time in between spent driving between remote locations in the Dales, to the accompaniment of his latest interest, folk music. I found this flawed side to his character quite endearing and in keeping with the whols ethos of this intimate community, although I did have more than a passing thought that the similarity of the character with that of Colin Dexter's character of `Morse', was quite uncanny in many instances, although of course Morse had his musical tastes firmly rooted in the Classical genre.

In fact, all of the characters in the story are well developed and believable, in their individual roles, within this tightknit community.
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