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on 28 February 2003
This is up to Peter Robinson's usual style: first class! As ever, he keeps the reader guessing as to 'whodunnit' because there are so many suspects on offer!
Inspector Banks is asked by his (much despised) boss, 'Jimmy' Riddle, to carry out a personal (to him), private investigation, ie. to track down his daughter, Emily, who is to be found on a pornographic site on the internet. Banks, against his better nature, complies with Riddle, if only to try to get him off his back for a while. However, Banks finds it impossible to remain impartial and he soon finds himself drawn into a world of glam-pop, drugs, embezzlement and, of course, murder. To add further spice to his life, Annie Cabot ( a former lover) enters Banks' life again and he finds that he must choose between the professional and the personal. Peter Robinson is superb when combining suspense and seriousness with romance and lightheartedness, without sacrificing either the storyline or reader-anticipation. Great reading!
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A teenager from the Yorkshire Dales runs away to London and falls into bad company - not much new in that. But when Peter Robinson uses it as an introduction to one of his chilling mysteries you have a plot has surprising but logical twists and turns and the tale becomes more intriguing by the page.
The writer manages to create strong, realistic characters that stay in your mind long after you've finished the book. When you pick up another book in the series you meet them again like old friends. The characters carry the plot, complex as it is, and all the sub-plots as the reader is shown the truth behind the veneer of the successful Chief Constable and his lovely family.
This was a book I hated to put down. It is well-paced and carefully structured and both male and female characters are so true that you'd swear you met them just last week. It's rare that a male writer can make female characters seem true to life, especially in their internal monologues (and vice versa - female writers often don't present the male interior monologue well) but this writer is spot on.
This book is a real treat from an accomplished mystery writer. Long may the series last.
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I found this a harrowing read and had huge sympathy not just with DCI Alan Banks but also with Chief Constable 'Jimmy' Riddle. Banks and Riddle just haven't ever seen eye to eye so Banks is surprised when Riddle asks him to find his daughter Emily who left home just after her sixteenth birthday. The only thing Banks has to go on is the girl's name and a nude photograph of her with a web address. Riddle says he just wants to know that she is all right and he's not asking Banks to bring her home. Everything is off the record but Banks is willing to do and starts to feel a sneaking sympathy with his unlikeable boss.

If he could have foreseen what happened he might not have been as willing to help as his weekend in London led to a complex chain of events from which no one escaped unscathed or unchanged. Banks shows himself to be a much more complex character than he might have appeared from some of the previous books in the series and Riddle himself shows a more human side.

This is a very well written crime story in which family relationships are shown to be much more complex and fraught than they at first appear to be. Relationships between the police characters involved in the various crime investigations is somewhat fraught and adds to the stresses and strains experienced by everyone involved. This is an uncomfortable but gripping read and I recommend it to anyone who likes crime novels with more depth.
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Chief 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Banks is at a low point in his life. His wife has finally left him to live with another man in London and his career is going nowhere thanks to a high ranking officer becoming more and more frustrated with Banks's methods of solving crime.

Maybe a move to the National Crime Squad would kick start his career? Maybe even another chance with Sandra? Then late one night he is summoned to the house of Chief Constable Riddle, which is strange in itself as the Chief Constable is the senior officer who has been blighting Banks's career.

The Chief Constable's 16-yearr-old daughter Emily has run away and for once he is happy to allow Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find the girl and bring her back without any fuss.
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Chief 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Banks is at a low point in his life. His wife has finally left him to live with another man in London and his career is going nowhere thanks to a high ranking officer becoming more and more frustrated with Banks's methods of solving crime.

Maybe a move to the National Crime Squad would kick start his career? Maybe even another chance with Sandra? Then late one night he is summoned to the house of Chief Constable Riddle, which is strange in itself as the Chief Constable is the senior officer who has been blighting Banks's career.

The Chief Constable's 16-yearr-old daughter Emily has run away and for once he is happy to allow Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find the girl and bring her back without any fuss.
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on 29 March 2001
I am a reader in America who is a great Peter Robinson fan. This is one of his best. DCI Alan Banks is a human and vulnerable hero. The interaction between the cases in all of his books and Bank's private life is handled with sensitivity and passion. His romance with DS Annie Cabbot continues in this book and again is handled in an interesting and suspenseful manner. His character development and unweaving of the plot is masterful. Send more Robinson to America! I await his next work with great anticipation
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on 27 April 2010
The inspector banks' novels just get better. This Time Inspector Banks helps his boss chief constable Riddle for all too human reasons. From this springs a murder story that ust drags you in. It's easy to say that story is impossible to put down but that was truly the case. There are more details of his personal life soe of which conflict with investigating the case. I love these stories and am steadily working my way through them , it's not hard work . the hardest part is not reading them cosecutively. You have to read other things i just wish they were as enjoyable.
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Chief 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Banks is at a low point in his life. His wife has finally left him to live with another man in London and his career is going nowhere thanks to a high ranking officer becoming more and more frustrated with Banks's methods of solving crime.

Maybe a move to the National Crime Squad would kick start his career? Maybe even another chance with Sandra? Then late one night he is summoned to the house of Chief Constable Riddle, which is strange in itself as the Chief Constable is the senior officer who has been blighting Banks's career.

The Chief Constable's 16-yearr-old daughter Emily has run away and for once he is happy to allow Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find the girl and bring her back without any fuss.
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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Chief 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Banks is at a low point in his life. His wife has finally left him to live with another man in London and his career is going nowhere thanks to a high ranking officer becoming more and more frustrated with Banks's methods of solving crime.

Maybe a move to the National Crime Squad would kick start his career? Maybe even another chance with Sandra? Then late one night he is summoned to the house of Chief Constable Riddle, which is strange in itself as the Chief Constable is the senior officer who has been blighting Banks's career.

The Chief Constable's 16-yearr-old daughter Emily has run away and for once he is happy to allow Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find the girl and bring her back without any fuss.
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on 2 July 2013
This is the eleventh novel in the DCI Banks series. Set in the winter following the last novel, Banks is approached by Chief Constable Riddle to undertake a personal investigation to locate Riddle’s missing daughter. Some deaths subsequently link into this investigation and Banks gets personally involved with both the case and the Riddle family. The organisation of the police force is changing and Banks and Annie Cabbot are re-united at the Eastvale station to work on the murders. Miscommunication and distrust threatens to drive them further apart as the case develops unless they will take the time to clear the air. Meanwhile Banks finds time to reflect on his relationship with Sandra, Brian and Tracy. Familiar faces re-appear and new characters are introduced. I have watched the DCI Banks TV series and this novel has been used as the basis for episodes. Once again I found the novel to be different enough from the TV adaptation that knowing the basis of the story didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel.
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